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Hittin' the Links: Suns Making It Interesting, 7th Speculation, and Will Bynum's Defense

Go Suns.

  • If you haven't seen it yet, Kevin broke down three viable trade options the Pistons have with their No. 7 pick.
  • Which brings me to Terry Foster's option, not unlike what has already been discussed here at DBB:
    The 76ers are willing to unload the No. 2 pick in the draft next month along with 6-foot-9 power forward bust Elton Brand. [...]

    [...] Brand could be what the doctor ordered for the Pistons. But Brand will make $15.6 million next season, $17.1 the following year and $18.2 million in 2013. That's a lot of cash, but it would be a bold and daring move.

    And here's how: Dumars should offer the 76ers the No. 7 pick in the draft, Richard Hamilton and Jason Maxiell for the No. 2 pick and Brand.

    "You want me to get fined," Dumars joked when asked about the deal.

    Still, imagine a starting lineup of Tayshaun Prince, rookie Derrick Favors (No. 2 pick) and Brand along with Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon.
  • For starters, we learn who Foster prefers for the Pistons at the No. 2 spot. Second, I don't want the Pistons to touch Elton Brand's contract with a ten foot pole while wearing an N95 mask. We complain about the younger Maxiell's contract now, imagine having to tip-toe around Brand's absurd contract for the next couple offseasons. Ignoring contracts, I'd most likely want Brand, but the two last year were close enough statistically to lead me to believe the "bold and daring move" would actually be keeping Maxiell, rather than trading for Brand, and hoping Max can improve as he enters his prime years, all for 1/3 the price.

  • Dan Feldman at PistonPowered does a nice job decreasing Will Bynum's value to potential suitors, breaking down his pick-and-roll defense, while also increasing the Synergy brand's value. I see what you did there, Dan. Well played.
  • Charlie Villanueva's Hope on Twitter campaign:
  • I embrace being a Detroit Pistons. And though we've had a share of bad luck, I'm determine things will change for better in 2010-11. RISE.
  • Be on the lookout for the video of Joe Dumars' press conference from yesterday -- said they would release it sometime today. You've already heard it in its entirety, but maybe you'll want to watch the body language, too.
  • Unfortunately, Jim Kuester is not a 7' off-season addition. An editor at the Free Press may or may not have been fired for this: