So, the much-heralded "Summer of LeBron" is essentially over. The biggest names have signed... with Miami. Some, as expected, have re-signed with their respective teams. The lesser names, for the most part, are slowly being picked up (and swiftly overpaid).
All the while, Joe Dumars and the Pistons, a team in desperate need of at least one front-court presence, have sat idly by. This off-season has seen A LOT of front-court players go elsewhere. Some for essentially nothing (e.g. Al Jefferson) We all knew the Pistons weren't going to sign a superstar this year after spending their cap on Gordon and Villanueva, but didn't we expect Dumars to do... something?
Yeah, Ben Wallace re-signed. Maybe for less than he's worth. The collective sanity of Pistons fan is temporarily intact. Yet the fact remains. This team isn't good. At all. For the foreseeable future. Something has to be done.
But we haven't seen it yet. I'm not sure if it will happen this year. And re-signing Will Bynum isn't the answer, either. He's fun to watch, but he doesn't solve the problems Dumars has made for himself.
There are a few bright spots, however. Rip seems easier to trade now that many cap-hoarding teams struck out on the big-name free agents. Tayshaun's expiring contract could be valuable at the trade deadline (or sooner).
I suppose it'll happen like this. Dumars will do what he's done the past few seasons. He'll say he's aggressively pursuing deals to improve this roster NOW. And when he doesn't, he'll say he didn't want to make a move just to make a move.
So, after my delusion of the Pistons signing an fringe front-court player with the MLE did subside, I became increasingly disappointed in what this off-season is shaping out to be. Hell, at this point I'd be happy to see a deal (any deal) that could get the Pistons some draft picks and some cap relief for 2011.