Pistons returning to cheaper Orlando summer league

David Mayo of MLive:

The Detroit Pistons have committed to returning to the Orlando Pro Summer League this year, president of basketball operations Joe Dumars confirmed Monday.

That comes just after a report by Ric Bucher of CSNBAYAREA.COM:

The recompense is an important component because teams are looking at their line-item expenses more than ever these days and the costs of having a Summer League team is one of the biggest. One general manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it is the second-biggest item on his budget, topped only by the cost of preseason training camp. Teams, on average, bring with them a 40- to 50-person contingent that includes players, coaches and support staff. The league schedule is held over 10 days but teams often come in several days early for a pre-league mini-training camp.

That, the GM said, is one reason why the Orlando Summer League has grown from six teams to 10 since it started in 2007

I’m not against the Pistons saving money (even if they say Lawrence Frank prefers Orlando anyway), especially in an area like this, where the more expense alternative doesn’t seem particularly advantageous.

However, by the fifth day in Orlando, most players seem too burned out to put much effort into their fifth game of the week. Does playing five rather than four summer-league games really matter? I doubt it, but if the Pistons think it does, realize they’re giving up something to save money.

Again, the trade off might be worth it.

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