David Mayo of MLive.com scored an interview with Joe Dumars:
Q: Do other general managers even bring up the so-called untouchables, or do they just assume you’re not even interested in discussing them?
A: “No, teams will ask. Teams will always ask. They’ll always ask for the home run. It doesn’t stop anybody from asking.”
Q: What do you say in response?
A: “What do I say? Well, a lot of times, you ask for their home run.”
Q: There is no such thing as a true untouchable, right? Is that fair to say?
A: “There are guys that you are much less likely to move. That’s my answer.”
Q: Philosophically, you’re looking to the future, but how do you go about it, generally speaking, as you look to the trade market?
A: “If it can contribute to you continuing to build with your young base, then it becomes appealing to you. If it gives you flexibility to build with your young base, it becomes appealing to you. So I think the basis for anything that we do right now has to be in the sense that it helps us to continue to build with this young base of guys that we have right now. So for us, it’s really not that hard as to what we’re trying to do. We understand what we’re trying to do. Now, it’s not easy to make the deals. But the plan, the concept, of what we’re doing, it’s very clear.”
Dumars did a solid job of avoiding direct answers to Mayo’s solid questioning, but I’m OK with that. I applaud Dumars for the effort, no matter how small, to inform fans about the team’s direction. If often feels like we’re left in the dark, and this is a step in the right direction.