The first moves in NBA free agency had nothing to do with LeBron, Wade or Bosh, but they did have connections to the Pistons. And as I feared the moves prove that this is not the season you want to be a team that is committed to signing a player to the mid level exception.
The Pistons might have overpaid for Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva last year. Mistakes have obviously been made. But I think Joe Dumars was exactly right that saving the money for the free agent bonanza of 2010 would have been a big mistake.
Former Pistons front office executive continues to rebuild the Milwaukee Bucks, but his latest move makes me wonder if he’s overvaluing the “missing piece” that his team needs. Sure, they needed a big man that could help on D, but they sure as hell didn’t need to spend $32 million for five years for a known knucklehead who has played for eight teams in the past eight years.
And the other crazy deal to come out of free agency is Darko “I can’t wait to get out of the NBA so I can go on another profanity laced tirade in Europe” Milicic agreeing to a four-year, $20 million deal to stay with the Timberwolves.
One of the biggest busts in NBA history has now pocketed nearly $60 million in the NBA, thank you very much.