|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - John Kuester's first year in the Motor City was a bit of a disaster, resulting in just 27 wins and a birth in the NBA Draft Lottery, an unfamiliar position for a franchise that had gone to the postseason eight consecutive times.
It seems clear that Pistons president Joe Dumars is intent of rebuilding and has been shopping long-time stars Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince in the hopes of getting some salary cap relief.
With or without Hamilton the backcourt will be manned by a couple of solid players in Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon, and the team has enough on the wings to get by.
Center is a different story, however. Since the aging Ben Wallace and Kwame Brown were the big men in Detroit last year and both are unrestricted free agents, you have to think Dumars goes big at No. 7 with Kansas center Cole Aldrich looking like a nice fit.
Aldrich is a legitimate pivot with top-tier rebounding and defensive skills in the mold of a Joel Przybilla. He is limited offensively, however.
Players under contract: G Ben Gordon; G Richard Hamilton; G Rodney Stuckey; F Austin Daye; F Jonas Jerebko; F Tayshaun Prince; F DaJuan Summers; F-C Charlie Villanueva
Free agents: G Will Bynum (restricted); G Chucky Atkins (unrestricted); F-C Chris Wilcox (player option); C Kwame Brown (unrestricted); C Ben Wallace (unrestricted)
Draft picks: 1st round (7th overall), 2nd round (36th overall)