Rumors are about to spiral even more wildly out of control than they normally do with this abbreviated offseason, but Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski has a couple notes involving the Pistons.
First, somewhat surprisingly, is that the Pistons’ talk last season that they’d like to bring Tracy McGrady back wasn’t just lip service apparently:
Tracy McGrady wants to play for the Bulls, sources said, and coach Tom Thibodeau has a relationship with him going back to their Houston Rockets days together. T-Mac is still a consideration to return to the Pistons, too.
To me, the biggest benefit of having McGrady on the team from Detroit’s perspective is his chemistry with Greg Monroe. It’s no coincidence that Monroe took off offensively when McGrady’s role increased. McGrady often set up easy shots for Monroe inside.
Wojnarowski’s second item:
If Tayshaun Prince leaves Detroit without a starting small forward, the Pistons will have to work through a thin class to find a starter. For depth at the position, the Pistons will take a close look at free agent Mike Dunleavy, who is leaving the Indiana Pacers.
Dunleavy didn’t have a terrible season last year — he shot 40 percent from 3-point range and gave the Pacers some bench scoring. But Dunleavy has some issues — he’s a finesse player who has never been a particularly strong defender and he’s had injury problems of late. In the last three seasons, he’s played in 18, 67 and 61 games. But the Pistons do need to add depth at the small forward position, and Dunleavy is one of only a few options on the market who can contribute and is in the Pistons’ price range.