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Trading for Ben Gordon would be a lot like trading for Allen Iverson | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press

Trading for Ben Gordon would be a lot like trading for Allen Iverson

What do you think about the rumor of the Pistons pursuing Ben Gordon? Would he be a good fit? What if it meant trading Rip Hamilton?

First of all, I’m not buying the rumor. I have no doubt that teams talk to free agents before the July 1st starting period, or at least have had talks with their agents. Sam Smith has covered basketball a lot longer than most of us, and he knows the rules as well as anyone. He wouldn’t just float a rumor out there knowing it was a blatant violation of the NBA rules. And if the rumor was true, and the Pistons ended up signing Ben Gordon, wouldn’t it be a blatant violation of those rules? And wouldn’t they open themselves up awfully quickly to some tampering charges?

But here’s what I don’t like about the Gordon move. The Pistons would be bringing in an under-sized guard who plays spotty defense who loves to score. I’m scouring my memory, but I’m pretty sure they tried this strategy recently. Hmmmm….I just…can’t…seem to come up with “The Answer”. I’m sure I’ll think of it. But this once-great team dumped a team first player for a me-first player and the results were disastrous. Would a younger version really make that much of a difference?

Gordon is a younger version of the aforementioned Allen Iverson. And he automatically would become the best offensive player on the Pistons. But the more I watch him, the more I think that like Iverson, he’d be an almost impossible player to build a team around. A lot of fans are ready to bury the Rodney Stuckey era already. I’m not. He fought through injury in season one and dysfunction in season two. He might not be a sacred cow, but he’s worth a second look. And putting Gordon with him in the backcourt – well, let’s just say it’s not a complimentary move.

Joe Dumars has a difficult task. He has money to spend, but not money to burn. He clearly wants to improve things, but it going to be careful not to spend the money just to spend it. Bringing Gordon in would be a case of simply spending it.

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Portland Working Sign-and-Trade for Lee?

David Lee walked through a hard rain yesterday at an NBA function at the South Street Seaport in possibly his last public appearance as a Knick.

The rain was a foreboding foreshadow, because Lee will see a lot of rain the rest his career if he bolts New York for Portland.

This is not about the NBA draft. What happens in 10 days is just as important as the events of Thursday's NBA draft -- unless Ricky Rubio drops to the Knicks at No. 8. "It's is a high-pressure time," Lee told The Post.

Lee's future is at stake and it's as cloudy as the New York weather. He is free to negotiate with other teams July 1.

"There already been a lot of interest," Lee said. "There's definitely a bunch of teams very interested. It's a matter of how serious that interest is and what the Knicks want to do about it."

Portland will be Lee's strongest suitor. Detroit, with cap room, has interest, too. Lee declined to say whether he'll be in the Rose City July 1 for a recruiting trip.

"I haven't discussed it," Lee said.

Portland likely has to work out a sign-and-trade with the Knicks to get the 6-foot-9 power forward. Lee is expected to command between $7-10 million per year on an offer sheet, which the Knicks can match. If he gets an offer sheet at the spectrum's high end, Donnie Walsh is prepared to trade Lee or let him go with the idea of preserving 2010 cap space.

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Executive: Turkoglu Isn't Worth the Price

"No disrespect to Hedo (Turkoglu) , but he's not consistent enough for the kind of money I expect he'll demand ($11M per; four years)," an east coast executive declared. "He wants the ball with the game on the line and responds real well under pressure, but then he'll disappear for a game or two. That's all that's stopping him from becoming a perennial All-Star."

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Pistons ponder plenty of options | detnews.com | The Detroit News

Pistons ponder plenty of options

Chris McCosky / The Detroit News

Auburn Hills -- The NBA silly season, already under way, will kick into high gear this week.

The NBA Draft is Thursday, then July 1 teams can start courting and negotiating with free agents, though they can't sign any until July 7.

It's called the silly season because of the wild and incessant rumor mongering it spawns. The Pistons, because they have four draft picks, a roster in flux and more available salary cap space than most, are caught in the vortex of it all.

If you believe all the Internet reports, the Pistons have interest in just about every top-level free agent available and have made monetary promises to a few. If you believe Internet reports, the Pistons are trying to trade Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and their first-round draft pick (No. 15). If you believe Internet reports, the Pistons have made verbal promises to at least two players to take them at No. 15. If you believe Internet reports, the Pistons are looking to acquire another first-round draft pick, later in the first round.

None of the above is true.

Pistons president Joe Dumars said Saturday there was "no chance" he was looking to trade his first-round pick. Nor was he looking to trade for an additional first-round pick. No promises or guarantees have been made to anybody.

Dumars also said he was not looking to trade Hamilton or Prince, though, as he has stated numerous times since the end of last season, nobody is untouchable. If the right proposal came along, Dumars wouldn't hesitate to trade either player, or the No. 15 pick. The key distinction is, he's not shopping them. He's not actively searching for ways to trade those two players or his pick.

Clearly, though, the next few weeks are going to be critical for Dumars as he tries to rebuild the Pistons. The draft will be only a small part of the rebuilding plan. The major reconstruction will be done through free agency and trades.

The draft

Besides the 15th pick, the Pistons also have three second-round picks (35, 39, 44). Ideally, the Pistons would like to use two of those picks on players they can stash in Europe for a couple of years.

Overall, this is considered a weak draft by the consensus of scouts and general managers. After the No. 1 pick, Blake Griffin to the Clippers, there are no projected stars. But there are, at least to Dumars, a good crop of NBA-ready players.

As he told Pistons.com, "I think were in position to get a good player. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we like the guys in the 10-to-15 range. These particular guys may not be guys you project as stars, but you can still project them as really good players.

"Our job is to continue to add talented players to the roster. Were going to be in position to do that at the 15th pick."

Through the work of vice president of basketball Scott Perry and director of player personnel George David, the Pistons have a list of about six or seven players they would consider should they fall to No. 15.

That list most likely includes (but is not limited to): Terrence Williams, 6-foot-6 shooting guard, Louisville; Earl Clark, 6-10 small forward, Louisville; Austin Daye, 6-11, small forward, Gonzaga; B.J. Mullens, 7-1 center, Ohio State; James Johnson, 6-8 power forward, Wake Forest; DeJuan Blair, 6-6 power forward, Pitt; and Ty Lawson, 6-1 point guard, North Carolina.

"We've targeted four or five guys we like and were hoping we can get one of these guys," Dumars told Pistons.com. "Whoever we get, we think, is going to upgrade our talent base."

Free agency

The official salary cap won't be set until the first week of July, but with $41 million worth of salary commitments for the 2009-10 season, the Pistons expect to have no less than $17 million of available cap space to work with.

Only Memphis and Oklahoma City will have as much.

To get to the $17 million number, though, the Pistons will have to renounce free agents Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson. They could re-sign Wallace, but that does not appear to be the plan.

The Pistons also stand to lose Antonio McDyess to free agency. Because he was traded, bought out and re-signed last season, the Pistons do not own his Larry Bird rights. He is an unrestricted free agent.

On top of that, they are waiting to hear from center Kwame Brown, who has until June 30 to pick up a player option for $4 million next season. The Pistons expect he will exercise his option and return, but if he doesn't, they gain an additional $4 million in cap space.

Given all of those factors, the priority will be to sign a young, top-tier power forward. Carlos Boozer, 27, is expected to opt out of his contract with the Jazz. If he does, he most likely would be the Pistons' first option.

Paul Millsap, 24, a restricted free agent in Utah, would be another option.

The Jazz, most likely, won't be able to keep both and re-sign center Mehmet Okur.

The Pistons also have some hope of re-signing McDyess, though they acknowledge that he is expected to be courted by several contending teams (Boston, Cleveland, San Antonio).

The Pistons also need perimeter scoring help and it appears the primary target will be Bulls shooting guard Ben Gordon.

But there are too many unknown variables at this point to accurately define what Dumars' plan might be beyond those obvious primary targets.

Keep in mind, too, that having a lot of cap space facilitates trades as well as signing free agents. If a cash-strapped team is interested in trading off a high salary, the Pistons are one of the few teams that can accommodate it. That's how the Clippers acquired Marcus Camby from Denver last season.

It's all muddled and murky right now, but a gradual clearing will take place over the next few weeks. By the middle of July, the Pistons' new design model should be taking shape.

chris.mccosky@detnews.com (313) 222-1489

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Source: Spurs acquire Jefferson for 3 players - ESPN

The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to trade Richard Jefferson to the San Antonio Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto a Bucks source told ESPN.com.

The two teams have agreed to the deal in principle. A trade call to make the deal official is coming later Tuesday.

The move gives the Spurs a dynamic wing scorer to play alongside Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. The Spurs had promised to make their team better this summer and adding Jefferson for role players should give them a huge shot in the arm.

The Bucks incentive to make the trade is largely financial. Bowen, Oberto and Thomas are all in the last year of their contracts. The deal will clear $15 million off the books for the Bucks next season and give Milwaukee more flexibility for next year. It also saves them roughly $3 million this year. That may give the Bucks the wiggle room to sign one of their restricted free agents -- either Charlie Villanueva or Ramon Sessions -- next year.

Bowen, Oberto and Thomas also give the Bucks some veterans who will fill key holes for the team. The move also opens up some playing time for the Bucks lottery pick last year, Joe Alexander.

However, Bowen has a nonguaranteed contract for next season, so the Bucks could release him, further saving about $4 million next season and giving them a better chance of retaining Sessions and Villanueva. In that case, Bowen might return to San Antonio later this summer.

Chad Ford covers the NBA for ESPN.com.

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After reading some Milwaukee message boards, this seems to be a good deal for them as well. It looks pretty lopsided at first but it will allow them to keep Sessions and maybe Charlie V. So good move for both sides I guess.

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I picked up this rumor off of a message board. Understand I have no link and its just a rumor. But they are saying the deal is almost done.

Rondo/Scalabrine/Giddens to Memphis For Rudy gay and Mike Conley.

EDIT: Eh, I am gonna say this is BS now.

Edited by Deleterious

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Dave Cowens won't return as Pistons assistant | detnews.com | The Detroit News

Dave Cowens won't return as Pistons assistant

Chris McCosky / The Detroit News

Auburn Hills -- Dave Cowens, NBA Hall of Famer and Pistons assistant the last three seasons, will not return to the bench next season.

Cowens, who has one year remaining on his contract, will be reassigned within the organization. He will assist president Joe Dumars and do some scouting.

The Pistons are left with three main bench assistants -- Darrell Walker, Pat Sullivan and Harold Ellis.

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RealGM: Basketball Wiretap Archives: Source: 76ers Have Shopped Brand

Source: 76ers Have Shopped Brand

A league source confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer that the 76ers have shopped forward Elton Brand.

However, it is unlikely that the Sixers will be able to trade Brand because of the sizable contract he signed last summer and his recent injury history.

Brand has four years and $65 million left on his deal.

Philadelphia general manager Ed Stefanski is also looking at a possible move involving the 17th overall pick.

"We're exploring moving up and moving back," Stefanski said, adding that "unless the demands get less, we won't be doing that."

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Sources: Phoenix Suns agree to send Shaquille O'Neal to Cleveland Cavaliers - ESPN

Cavs were talking about Chandler

The Cavaliers were also in talks with New Orleans about obtaining Tyson Chandler. If they had not made the trade for O'Neal, they would have traded for Chandler, according to a source.

The Cavs felt O'Neal was the better option because he has just one year left on his contract, and will not eat up cap space that will enable them to pursue free agents such as Chris Bosh in next summer's star-studded free agent class. Chandler, who had injury problems last postseason, has a player option for $12.7 million in 2010-2011 that he is likely to pick up.

The Cavaliers are not done making moves. They still want to re-sign power forward Anderson Varejao and they also would like to add a long, athletic wing player via free agency.

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The Cavs have Shaq; so what is the impact? - cleveland.com

The Cavs are not done. They still are going to be looking for a wing defender (or two) and I think also a stretch power forward, aka a player who can go out to the 3-point line. This is why I believe they will still consider signing Rasheed Wallace with their mid-level exception. You need to surround Shaq with shooters and stretch the floor, just like you do with LeBron. Look how effective a player like Robert Horry was with the Lakers when Shaq was there. When the Heat won their title Antonie Walker played about the same role as the stretch four. So in addition to the formula to pair Shaq with a great wing scorer (Kobe, DWade) also you need the other big to be able to stretch the floor. Not to mention it would help the Cavs in matchups with the Lakers and Magic as well.

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WOLVES' GM GOES OUT ON LIMB BY TAKING THE 5TH - New York Post

According to the same source that disclosed Terry Porter was about to be fired as Suns coach, the Rockets are leaning toward swapping Tracy McGrady's expiring $22M contract, Carl Landry and Aaron Brooks for Leandro Barbosa and Stoudemire, who owns an escape clause after next season and is demanding an extension this summer to waive it.

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Free up a spot for Bill?

That thought crossed my mind too. Even though I still think that is a bad idea.

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RealGM: Basketball Wiretap Archives: Amare To Golden State Being Discussed

Amare To Golden State Being Discussed

The Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors have discussed a possible trade.

League executives indicate that Phoenix could send Amare Stoudemire to the Warriors for a package that would include Andris Biedrins and the No. 7 pick in the draft.

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Sources: New Jersey Nets-Orlando Magic talks include Vince Carter, Rafer Alston - ESPN

Sources: Nets, Magic in serious talks

The New Jersey Nets are in serious talks with the Magic about a deal that will send Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson to Orlando for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee, two league sources told ESPN.com.

The talks have reached a point that a deal could be done by the end of the day Thursday, according to sources.

The trade would give the Magic even more star power on their quest to win an NBA championship. The addition of Carter to a lineup that already consists of All-Star players Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson would make Orlando the favorite to win the Eastern Conference title next year if the franchise also finds a way to bring back Hedo Turkoglu, who will opt out of his contract this summer.

As for the Nets, the move is a cost-cutting measure. Both Alston and Battie are in the last year of their contracts, and trading for them would shave $16.5 million off New Jersey's roster in the summer of 2010 and put the Nets well below the salary cap.

Over the life of the contracts, the Nets would save $40 million by making the deal.

The deal, if completed, would also give the Nets a young, promising shooting guard in Lee.

Chad Ford covers the NBA and NBA draft for ESPN Insider.

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Bye the way..so every team aside form the Lakers and Magic will have 64MM to spend on free agensts..in 2010..shrewd management by Joe Dumars..

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Bye the way..so every team aside form the Lakers and Magic will have 64MM to spend on free agensts..in 2010..shrewd management by Joe Dumars..

Which is why he is looking to spend it this season, either in FA or in trades - I hope the latter. I don't think you will see him holding on to cap space for next season. I don't like the FA options, but if we can pick up say a Kaaman and Lee via trade it is better than waiting until next season. I doubt we have much if any cap space left for 2010 after this off-season.

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Which is why he is looking to spend it this season, either in FA or in trades - I hope the latter. I don't think you will see him holding on to cap space for next season. I don't like the FA options, but if we can pick up say a Kaaman and Lee via trade it is better than waiting until next season. I doubt we have much if any cap space left for 2010 after this off-season.

I advocate Kaman, Hinrich, Lee, Hedu..for for the 1955 Knicks look.. the all Aryan Pistons..make them a staple on TV in Utah..clever marleting..

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Bye the way..so every team aside form the Lakers and Magic will have 64MM to spend on free agensts..in 2010..shrewd management by Joe Dumars..

The Pistons are going to spend their money this year. It was shrewd management.

What did you want them to do?

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