Recently I've been thinking about the PIstons' fate. Like it or not, there has always been that chance that the Pistons could be moved to Vegas or even Kansas City. Stern wants teams there and Stern generally gets what he wants. Stern now also wants contraction, which also is a possibility.
However, the crappiness of the New Orleans ownership (and fanbase, really) may have saved the Pistons from extinction and/or move to sandier pastures. With the NBA buying the Hornets, it is a very likely possibility that they will not even attempt to sell the team until the summer rolls around so that Stern can use it as a bargaining chip or, worse, a show of power against the player's association. With Stern wanted huge changes to the CBA, he could disband the Hornets to show the players that he is serious and in the process cut 15 jobs away from them without thinking twice about it. It would cost the league hundreds of millions but would save money in the long run.
Up until I heard about the Hornets being bought by the league, I always feared the worst. As the only team on the market while the commissioner is talking about moving teams and contracting the league, you have to worry. But the Hornets have, thankfully, taken that worry away. If any team is going to be experimented with or thrown to the wind, it'll be the failing team that the league owns, not the still financially viable team on the market.
So a big thanks goes out to the Hornets ownership team for first moving them to NOLA and then failing to give the necessary cash for years to make them a contender and also to the people in New Orleans who have not supported their basketball team the way they have their football team. Together, they may have kept the NBA in Detroit.