For now, the whole Sam-and-Ronnie thing going on between Rip Hamilton and John Kuester, and whether Hamilton will get traded before the trade deadline later this month, are the most pressing issues for the Pistons.
But once the deadline passes? I have a hunch the biggest question with the team will be what they do with Tracy McGrady. The Associated Press recently wrote about T-Mac’s resurgence, including his future in Detroit:
"Tracy has worked out even better than we expected," Pistons president Joe Dumars said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "He’s a pro in every sense of the word."
The question now is where McGrady will be in a year. Dumars says he’d love to have him remain with Detroit, but the veteran may have earned himself a few options with his encouraging play.
I don’t need to go into much detail on how great a signing McGrady has been this season. If Chicago had signed him when they had him in for a workout before the season started, I think the Bulls would be legit title contenders, McGrady has been that good (although who knows how much the Arnie Kander effect has had on his resurgence and whether it would be repeated, minus Arnie, elsewhere).
Although the Hamilton situation has seemed like a sideshow, it’s just the first of what could be a few distractions, since the Pistons have to make difficult decisions on whether to sign both McGrady and Rodney Stuckey long-term next season.