Going over the salary numbers and comparing Joe Dumars' big offseasons. It turns out that in terms of financial flexibilty 2013 is way closer to 2002 than it is to 2009.
After signing Chauncey and Rip in 2002, the Pistons went into the 2003 offseason with 22% of their salary cap available (assuming about a $3 mil cap hold for Rip as a restricted free agent).
After signing BG and CV in 2009, the Pistons went into the 2010 offseason with 3% if their salary cap available.
In the 2014 offseason, the Pistons will have roughly 20% of their salary cap available, with a $5 mil cap hold for Greg Monroe.
Perhaps this was one of the reasons Joe had such a hard time fixing the mistakes of 2009, he didn't have enough financial wiggle room to adjust his roster once he saw the product on the court. Whereas in 2003, the cap space from Cliff Robinson's expiring contract brought in the assets that allowed Joe to trade for Rasheed.