Key subtractions: Ben Gordon
Drummond looks the part of an NBA superstar. He is huge and super athletic and looks like the perfect complement to Greg Monroe on the front line. He is also very raw, and the word out of Detroit already is patience. Long term, adding Drummond could be the move that puts the Pistons over the top. Or not. The talent is there, but there are legitimate questions about the heart.
The Pistons also found a taker for the remaining two years and $25 million of Gordon’s contract. Trading for Maggette was more about salary-cap relief than basketball. That trade should guarantee the Pistons significant cap room next summer to make another addition.
Overall, the Pistons moves shouldn’t have a major impact on the court this season, but the seeds are being sown for a robust harvest down the road.
Ford’s ‘B’ grade sounds about right. As much as I disliked the Ben Gordon-Corey Maggette trade, nothing mattered more for the Pistons than drafting Andre Drummond – an A-plus move. Add solid acquisitions like Vyacheslav Kravtsov and Kim English, and the Pistons had a positive offseason.