It's been 977 days since the Pistons have utilized the trade transaction to help improve the team('s future), and hilariously, the last trade caused more harm than good. Alas, the Pistons let another trade deadline come and go, each passing one irking the fan base more and more.
Head coach Lawrence Frank, who has been around for about 239 days, didn't seem to mind the inaction, according to MLIVE:
While any coach would accept a blockbuster in his favor, circumstances dictated that wouldn't happen for the Pistons. And with the team in the midst of an unlikely turnaround since the first half of the season, Frank expressed a preference for continuity.
"We have a group that's gotten better," Frank said. "So it's good that we're staying together so we can continue to evaluate, both as a team, and as individuals, the group over the course of an abbreviated season."
Frank's point is fair because he didn't have to deal with the other 738 days. As Sean has said, in isolation, making a deal this year was probably not in the cards and that could be okay, if we're willing to wipe the slate clean with the Gores/Frank regime. Unfortunately, it is hard to ignore what the same GM has done, or hasn't done, the last few years.
Is it fair to be mad at Dumars for not making a deal for the sake of making a deal? Absolutely not. We have no idea what he could've received for Austin Daye or Will Bynum and to suggest otherwise is pure conjecture. But is it fair to be upset that his past dealings likely prevented any 2012 trade deadline maneuvering? I think so. It's not so much that he didn't make a deal as it is why he didn't or couldn't make a deal.