Everyone knows that the ominous 2009 Pistons offseason was highlighted by the signings of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to lucrative 5 year contracts. But many forget that there were many other questionable moves during this offseason, including the drafting of SF Austin Daye at #15, a couple picks ahead of 3 very good point guards (Jrue Holliday, Jeff Teague, and Ty Lawson). In addition, Aron Afflalo, who went on to become a solid starter of 274 games over the last 4 seasons with Denver and Orlando, was dealt for a 2nd round pick to make room for the incoming contracts. John Kuester started his rocky tenure as head coach. Finally, long time Piston star Rip Hamilton (among others) became disgruntled with the Pistons moves and eventually cut ties with the Pistons in a particularly ugly fashion. Following the 2009 offseason, the Pistons missed the playoffs for 4 consecutive seasons. Their record has been among the league worst during that time, and the once filled and rocking palace has become desolate.
Four years later, and many good drafts/trades/free agent pickups, the Pistons faithful finally have reason to be excited. Mostly due to 2 of the games most promising young bigs in Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. The new look Pistons also boast 4 rookies with promise on their 15 man roster (KCP, Mitchell, Siva and Datome). In addition, Singler and Jerebko have since been drafted and look like they could be decent role players. Offseason pickups Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings are controversial, but they are definitely talented. Most everyone loves the offseason pickup of former Piston Great "Mr. Big Shot" Chauncey Billups. The past 4 successful offseasons are starting to ease the pain of the horrific 2009 offseason (another good fanpost regarding this can be found here). Only 3 players remain on the roster from the 2009 season; Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva, and Will Bynum. The question becomes, why do the Pistons hold on to these 3 remnants from the past?
Many fans like the idea of the 37 year old, grizzled yet decorated veteran Chauncey Billups working with our 3 young guards (KCP, Jennings and Siva) both on and off the court. A 2014 starting lineup of KCP and Jennings, with Billups coming off the bench to play both guard spots and Siva getting some minutes at PG is an exciting prospect. But where do Bynum and Stuckey fit in?
Rasheed Wallace will work with Smith, Drummond, and Monroe - one of the biggest front courts in the league and possibly one of the most intimidating. Mitchell and Jerebko are in line to pick up some minutes as well, but where does Charlie V. fit in?
Joe had a chance to part ways with all 3 of these guys this offseason. Stuckey could have been bought out for approximately half of his 8.5 million dollar salary, but he was kept on at his full 8.5 million dollar salary. Charlie V. only has one year left on his deal and could've been amnestied, but he wasn't, and Bynum was an unrestricted FA, but amazingly, the Pistons chose to resign him to a 2 year 5.7 million dollar contract despite having 5 other guards on the roster. 20 million dollars of salary wrapped up in these 3 guys as well as contributing to a clusterfu*k at guard and Power Forward. Why?
Ron MarsHall put out a cool poll in this post that is similar to what I'm talking about. So I'll put a different spin on my question to you DBB...can you give a good/any explanation as to why we kept these 3 players? And what do you see the Pistons doing with them in the next year?