Stan Van Gundy met with the media Tuesday to talk all things Detroit Pistons, and was able to shed some light on the Pistons upcoming plans. It is an interesting part of the basketball off-season, and as long as Van Gundy wasn’t blowing smoke we now have a little more insight into what the Pistons front office is thinking.
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Van Gundy noted that Greg Monroe’s upcoming restricted free agency was the number one issue for the team, and that they have considered every possible angle. They value Monroe greatly, and want to bring him back, at a price. If the price gets too high the Pistons will simply have to let Monroe walk, which is a shame because he is such a great, young talent. The Pistons just have too much invested with Josh Smith’s big mistake, I mean contract. Joe Dumars put the franchise in a bind, and letting Monroe walk may have to be the first in a series of painful steps to get back to financial flexibility.
As far as the upcoming NBA draft which is Thursday, Van Gundy said he didn’t see the Pistons trading up to acquire a first round pick. (They lost their first rounder this year in another Dumars deal gone sour.) So it seems the Pistons will stand pat at number 38 overall with their only selection of the draft. There will no doubt still be talent waiting for them at that pick, the trick will be finding it. Guys previously discussed like Jordan Adams and Spencer Dinwiddie could be options on the wing, while Stanford’s Dwight Powell or Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski could add depth to the frontcourt.
Van Gundy also touched on free agency saying that the Pistons won’t try to make a splash, but have identified about 9 guys they will pursue once the free agency period begins. Sorry, no Lebron or Carmelo to Detroit rumor here, but the Pistons will look to do smaller things to re-shape the roster instead. Change is certainly coming, but it’s going to take time.
Van Gundy has given us some clues, but it sounds like we will have to wait until the second round Thursday to see the first roster move of the off-season.
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