Before you start reading this note that it could be 100 percent, completely wrong. It is, after all, contingent on Dwight Howard making and sticking to a decision.
But as of 3 p.m. on Friday it looked like this might be how the free agency dominoes were going to fall:
- Dwight Howard signs with the Houston Rockets.
- Josh Smith signs with Rockets in tandem with Howard
- Andre Iguodala signs with the Golden State Warriors (UPDATE: Iggy has signed $48 million deal with Warriors)
Smith and Iguodala were reportedly the the top players on the Pistons' free agency wish list, along with re-signing point guard Jose Calderon.
This isn't a post about whether any of the above is a good idea. This is a post asking the questions: If Smith goes to Houston and Iguodala signs with Golden State what should the Pistons do and what will be the Pistons do?
I think it's officially time we start seriously contemplating this, whether you were a fan of signing one of the offseason's marquee names.
First, you should check out DBBer Ron MarsHall's epic, three-part post on who the Pistons should target: Part I, Part II, Part III.
Per the SI Free Agent Tracker:
The following swingmen are off the market: Kyle Korver, Mike Dunleavy, J.J. Redick, Tony Allen, Kevin Martin, Chase Budinger, Tyreke Evans, J.R. Smith, Marco Belinelli and Martell Webster.
The following big men are off the market: Andray Blatche, Al Jefferson, David West, Tiago Splitter.
The following point guards are off the market: Chris Paul, Eric Maynor, Pablo Prigioni.
So who is left on the market?
Andrei Kirilenko, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Zaza Pachulia, Darren Collison, Anthony Morrow, Brandan Wright (a known Pistons target), Jarrett Jack (another Pistons target), Carl Landry, Francisco Garcia, Matt Barnes, Chauncey Billups (is a reunion in order?), Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Copeland, Gary Neal, DeJuan Blair.
There is also the trade market. The Pistons have already lost out on Eric Bledsoe and got nowhere in feelers for Rajon Rondo and Rudy Gay. Danny Granger is still a possibility but there are few impact players known to be on the market.
What's your official game plan? Let us know in comments!