What Joe D has been good at in the past is picking up players that most teams consider are busts/have not lived up to their potential. Joe D signed Chauncey when Chauncey was considered a bust. He traded Jerry Stackhouse for a young Rip Hamilton. He picked Tayshaun in the late first round. He got Ben Wallace in a sign and trade for Grant Hill. I'm not suggesting that Dumars knew that Big Ben would become the best defensive player in basketball when he traded for him, but this strategy worked for Dumars while signing big name offensive free-agents has not, so he could look to replicate this success as he tries to rebuild the Pistons.
So, I decided to take a look around the league and see what kinds of moves Detroit could look to make. They really only can make moves for players that are underdogs at this point, as they do not have the players to make a move for a player like Dwight Howard. Keep in mind that these are just my opinion and pure speculation, but who knows, maybe Mr. Tom Gores reads DBB and uses one of these ideas for his "Month of Magic" this June. I am aware that I could be (probably am) way off on some of these, but I am posting this to get your take on some of these ideas that have been buzzing around in my head.
- Marvin Williams for Will Bynum and Jason Maxiell. In Atlanta, Marvin Williams will always be the guy Atlanta picked instead of Deron Williams or Chris Paul (sorta like Darko in Detroit, but not as bad.) Marvin lost his starting spot in the Playoffs to Jason Collins because the Hawks wanted to go bigger, but he is still very athletic and a decent shooter. His contract is actually worse than Maxiell's, but Marvin may actually play in Detroit, unlike Maxiell for most of the season. Maxiell would be an upgrade over Etan Thomas and Josh Powell for the Hawks, and Will Bynum could find success back in the state of Georgia. Charlie V for Marvin works straight up, also.
- Tyrus Thomas and DeSagana Diop for Rip Hamilton. Both Thomas and Diop have bad contracts, and the Bobcats have allegedly shown interest in Rip in the past. Thomas could be a perfect complement to Greg Monroe, but more importantly, Rip is gone. Could include a second round pick from Detroit to Charlotte.
- Baron Davis and the fourth overall pick for Ben Gordon, Jason Maxiell and the eighth overall pick. Possible Cleveland trades have been well-documented, so I won't ramble. Ben Gordon could be helpful for Kyrie Irving like he was for Derrick Rose (and was supposed to be for Stuckey), and Baron Davis could hold the fort down at the PG position for the Pistons. There are many possibilities here.
- James Posey and the 15th overall pick for Charlie V and the 32nd overall pick. Posey has an expiring contract and would be a veteran presence in the locker room. Charlie V would be another piece for a Pacers team that made the playoffs this season. DraftExpress currently has Tristan Thompson and Kenneth Faried going 16th and 17th.
- Corey Maggette and Larry Sanders for Rip Hamilton, Terrico White and the 32nd overall pick. The Pistons get rid of RIp, the Bucks get rid of Maggette, and the Pistons get Larry Sanders, a defensive-minded big that could be a fit next to Monroe.
- Andre Iguodala and the 16th pick for Rip Hamilton and the 8th pick. Both teams may be looking to move these players, and the Pistons pick up one of the better defenders in the game. Iguodala could complement Daye nicely on the wing. This may only work if there is someone that the Sixers really want at 8 on draft day.
- Raymond Felton and the 22nd pick for Charlie V, the 8th pick, and the 52nd pick. Ty Lawson is still the PG of the future in Denver, and Felton posted 15.5 points and 8.3 assists per game last year. Felton's contract will be expiring next year so if it doesn't work out, that's fine. Due to Denver's Carmelo Trade Exception, you could also send Denver Ben Gordon to replace J.R. Smith if they don't bring him back. Then again, Denver will probably want to include Al Harrington in the deal and end up nixing everything.
- Eric Maynor and the 24th pick for Austin Daye or Jonas Jerebko and the 8th pick. Trading for another team's young PG who is stuck behind a young star PG worked for the Pacers, and it could work for the Pistons. The Thunder have Nate Robinson, and although he rarely saw the court after the trade, he has proven himself to be a fine backup PG in the Association.
- Wes Matthews and the 21st overall pick for Jason Maxiell and the 8th overall pick. If Portland thinks Brandon Roy will be healthy long term, they could be comfortable parting with Matthews who preformed quite well when Roy was injured. The Pistons would only do this if they manage to get rid of either or preferably both of Rip and Ben Gordon, and all they guys that they want in the draft are gone by the time they pick, and they are left to pick between a Leonard/Jan Vesely/Jimmer type player.
- Devin Harris and the 12th pick for Ben Gordon, the 8th pick, and the 33rd pick. If the Jazz do not see Harris as their PG of the future and take either Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker, as many people are projecting, the Jazz may look to move Harris for a wing player since they currently have, well, none. Gordon could provide the three point shooting to help a rookie PG excel.
- This is a bit confusing, so: http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=3bx2q2a Also, Detroit sends the 8th pick to Cleveland and their 32nd to Chicago. Also, Detroit sends Cleveland cash. For Detroit, the 8th pick in a weak draft would be a small price to pay to be rid of Rip and Ben Gordon. Detroit also picks up some young role players in Taj Gibson, Omer Asik, and Ramon Sessions. It's no guarantee that the 8th pick would turn out to be better than those players. For Chicago, Ben Gordon is better at the two than Keith Bogans, and they pick up an early second rounder that they can possibly package with their two late firsts to move up in the draft. Cleveland gains some wing players since they have basically none, and they pick up a late first. Cleveland does get some cash from Detroit to help compensate the salary that they are taking on, but Dan Gilbert has shown he is willing to take on salary to add picks (he took back Baron Davis to get the Clippers first rounder, and that ended up being the first pick even though it was slotted 8th), and Rip and Korver actually make Cleveland a better team, unlike acquiring Baron for Mo Williams. If Cleveland wants, they can buy out Rip and package the 8th pick with the 4th pick for Minnesota's second pick.
- *UPDATE* Monta Ellis for Rip Hamilton and the 8th pick. Golden State is supposedly looking to move Monta Ellis. "At Jerry West's introductory press conference with the Warriors, he talked about the team's need to get bigger in the backcourt." Steph Curry and Monta Ellis are both 6'3, 185, and Curry is the younger one, so naturally Ellis gets to go. Let it be known that Jerry West himself is 6'2. Hypocrite. Anywho, Rip has the size at 6'7 that the Warriors are allegedly looking for, and he could complement Curry quite well as Steph Curry's game with his nice 3 pointer has some similarities to Chauncey's game. Monta Ellis's ball-handling abilities may mask Stuckey's lack-thereof. The Warriors may get a higher bid- Minnesota is rumored to be interested with their number two pick, but the Pistons should inquire.