Free Agent Focus: Introduction

Another offseason of hope, speculation and inevitable misery is upon us as the Pistons prepare for the draft lottery, draft and free agency this summer. Detroit’s needs are many – a general manager, head coach, new arena, good players, new “Motor City” jersey designs and I’m sure many other things.

To help with the players part, let me introduce to you … “Free Agent Focus.” A new series examining available free agents this summer who the Pistons should or should not consider and the reasons for each. It’s “Draft Dreams” for adults.

Some parameters:

1) This is a realistic perspective on who the Pistons can sign this offseason considering their cap space, current roster and projected plans moving forward. Key word: realistic. Feel free to go beyond realism in the comments. That’s what you do anyways.

2) We are disregarding the Super Friends – LeBron, Wade and Christopher Bosh. They exist on their own plane and are not relevant to Detroit unless they are crushing the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs at some point.

3) I’m going to institute a strict “No Carmelo Anthony” policy. It’s sad because I used to love Melo in Denver. I loved “Bully Season” and his ability to make Kenyon Martin gyrate uncontrollably. But I’m tired of him. I’m suffering from Melo-fatigue and Phil Jackson is only making it worse through his public ploy to devalue his star. The only thing that intrigues me about this situation is what book Jackson will give Melo during his annual regular season book club. My guess.

4) We are focusing on unrestricted free agents, but the right restricted free agents will be considered.

5) Salary or “value (however you define it) is considered but not a priority. Let’s get some good players and hoop. Let the statisticians and cap-heads deal with how much someone is worth. I just want to see the ball go SWISH!

6) Feel free to share player suggestions in the comments. All suggestions will be considered except the clique mentioned in #2 and the gentleman in #3.

Up next on Thursday, May 8 –  Kyle Lowry.

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