"Those are assets. Rebuilding is not about letting assets walk," Dumars said Wednesday night on 971 The Ticket. "Stuckey is 24 or 25 (he's 25). He's a young guy and part of the rebuilding process. Tayshaun Prince, when you look at rebuilding, there is always going to be one veteran you have going forward with young guys."
"You don't let assets walk," Dumars said. "That is not how you rebuild. Tayshaun is a veteran and he is an asset. He is the one veteran we committed to moving forward."
Former Sixers center Marreese Speights was traded to Memphis earlier this week, which, of course, spurred a reaction from Pistons fans wondering why the team didn't get involved in trading for a big man who can score.
The Pistons were in talks with the Sixers, but the Sixers wanted draft picks and not actual players in return for Speights, who was traded for two second-round picks.
The Pistons like him but didn't want to give up picks while adding payroll.
"Dumars: My wording was, "We'd really like to be active," but it also takes more than one (team). You have to have some-thing there that allows you to be active. There was never anything that came across the table that we felt strong enough about to say, "Man, this is really going to make our team better." There were deals that were lateral moves, so instead of making lateral moves, we're going to be patient and wait for the right deal to come along.
I'm comfortable with the roster right now, but I wouldn't say I'm content. I think we're ready to go out and compete right now, but if we can add some help along the way, I'd feel even better. So we're still in the mode of being able to add help, especially in the frontcourt with some size."
Joe Dumars quoted in an interview with The Detroit News' Vincent Goodwill. See the link below for the full interview.
"I am flattered by and very much appreciate those who strongly believed I would make a formidable candidate and an effective governor," Dumars said in a statement released by the Pistons. "But I am not a politician and do not have plans to run for public office.
"I love the state of Michigan and am optimistic about its future despite the difficult economic times and immense challenges currently on our doorstep. I wish the best to all the candidates running for important leadership positions in the months ahead."