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I am expecting something like 12/10/3 blocks a game and 25 min per for Drummond this year.

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I would like to file a missing persons report on Maurice Cheeks. Has anyone heard a peep from him since his press conference?

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I would like to file a missing persons report on Maurice Cheeks. Has anyone heard a peep from him since his press conference?

He's too busy thinking about all the wins and success the Pistons will have this season.

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I would like to file a missing persons report on Maurice Cheeks. Has anyone heard a peep from him since his press conference?

That's a great observation. Frank was making the press rounds immediately after his hiring press conference, whereas Cheeks is nowhere to be found. I wonder if that's strategy or Cheeks isn't much into dealing with the press.

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Whether Monroe fits here right now, I have no idea, but he is worth more in a trade by himself than Rondo is, in terms of general value around the league. There is no question that if every team were to submit offers for both players, the stronger packages would be for Rondo. PG is the easiest position to fill in the league right now, Monroe is a big, he's 4 years younger and he's not coming off a major injury, nor is he a known malcontent.

You call Monroe a big who can't shoot, but PGs need to be able to shoot a lot more than bigs.

I've always liked Rondo, but you seem to drastically overvalue him. I know you probably think I overvalue Monroe, but young productive bigs go for big value in this league, regardless of what team they play for.

This is how I feel as well.

I think a lot of folks on this board overvalue Rondo. He's 4 years older than Jennings, so there's a lot of time to see changes in Jennings game. For all of those complaining about Jennings shooting, Rondo is a terrible shooter as well and much worse from beyond 3. What he's done is make up for it us playing to his strength (scoring the lane) and having the luxury of Garnett, Pierce, and Allen/Terry to prevent people from converging on him too hard. Jennings has never had the cast that Rondo has had in his career, so I'm curious to see what this year brings for both of those players whose situations have just changed drastically. Both of them are borderline head cases, so I'll call that part a wash. However, right now I think I'd prefer the younger player who has all of the potential to succeed and is not coming off of a major injury.

I'm fine with talking Monroe trade potential, but the Rondo move would make no sense to me. If you move Greg it needs to be in a package for a borderline all star SF. As Nastradamus said, big men have big value in this league. Especially ones who are 23 years old and have numbers like Greg's.

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In trades that won't happen....would you guys move Monroe (+stuckey and Charlie V) for Bosh? I'm not sure if Bosh fits as a PF but if so, it would be an interesting idea. Doesn't really help with Smith playing out of position but does help with the idea of spacing

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Correction. Teams pay big men like Monroe a ton of money because they think he has value. Truth is, very few of them do at all.

If you are a big man and can't play defense and protect the rim, you have little to no value in the NBA.

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Little to no value was probably the wrong way to phrase that. But I do feel those types generally provide a lot less value compared to their high contract value.

Some guys don't fit that description though. Dirk would be one, or was one when he was younger. Pau might be another, although I find his defense to be underrated by a lot of people.

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Correction. Teams pay big men like Monroe a ton of money because they think he has value. Truth is, very few of them do at all.

If you are a big man and can't play defense and protect the rim, you have little to no value in the NBA.

I meant market value. I don't agree with your overall statement though. At the least I most likely disagree with where people generally draw the line between can and can't play defense.

Edit - read your next post. That's more along the lines of what I'd agree with.

Edited by Nastradamus

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Is Harrison going to play, or just be there as a practice body? How many guys 6' 10" and up can one roster make use of?

I would guess mostly as a practice body.

He will mostly play if Drummond or Monroe get hurt or run into foul trouble.

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Corey Maggette says he'd 'love to come back' to Detroit Pistons | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Not happening.

He said in the article he traveled to June’s Adidas Eurocamp with Pistons assistant general manager George David. It was like a job shadow.

“I gained different perspectives on how these guys think, and it kind of gives you an idea of things that you want to be about when you’re finished,” Maggette said. “I was actually able to sit in on (David’s) interview process with the players. It was kind of cool because as an active player those players actually knew who I was, and I kind of gave them a raw-deal speech of what the NBA is really about.”

I read an article about that and its pretty interesting. The league or maybe its the players union has a program that transitions players into front offices. Started with real basic stuff, like how to prepare a resume, etc. Stuff you could use for any job situation, not just the front office of a team.

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