The NBA trade deadline is still weeks away but for all the fans plotting along with Dumars in how to improve the Pistons by Feb. 21, the president of basketball operations made clear that any deal must take one overarching theme into account: It must preserve the team’s financial freedom going into next summer’s free-agency period.
"We like the flexibility that we have going forward," Dumars said. "Our plan is not to give up that flexibility going forward. So anything that we may or may not do, we don’t intend to give up that flexibility that we do have going into the summer."
I don’t understand why the Pistons would take trades that add salary obligations off the table – especially when they’ve indicated they’re more likely to add salary via trade than free agency. Just speculating, but it’s sounding more and more like the Pistons have a very specific deal in mind for the offseason.