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Villanueva and Gordon may be the front runners

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 30, 2009

I heard a rumor that the Pistons are looking at Gordon for $7 mil and Villanueva for $5.5. If that’s the case then more power to them. Still leaves a likely trade and a hole at center.

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Detroit Pistons Coaching Vacancy

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 30, 2009

For the record, I do believe Laimbeer to be the front runner, there is too much circumstantial evidence, I guess you could say.

The only major drawback? How well will a  rookie coach be received by NBA free agents? That is a big question for the Pistons. A coach will need to be named before free agent signings are made. Guys won’t come and not know who they are playing for. That being said, expect an announcement soon. Joe already knows who the coach is going to be. He wouldn’t have made the move without knowing. It’s just not his style.

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Michael Curry is Out as Detroit Pistons Coach

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 30, 2009

It has been announced today that Joe Dumars will be searching for a new coach for the new look Pistons this upcoming season. He thanked Curry for his hard work but appears to be heading in a different direction with the team.

A short list of candidates probably looks like this:

Avery Johnson

Doug Collins

Jeff Van Gundy

Bill Laimbeer

The timing of Laimbeers’ recent resignation from the Shock makes him very interesting, as does Doug Collins removing his name from consideration in other coaching vacancies. One more fun piece of news to watch for Pistons fans.

I feel very confident we will see a tough, hard work type coach and the same ball control style of play with solid defense as the center point.  Laimbeer and Johnson fit this well, but all the candidates would bring a similar style to the team.

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Pistons have eyes on Villanueva – The Oakland Press Sports: The best place for news in and around Oakland County

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 30, 2009

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Monica Conyers, Guilty

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 29, 2009

Monica Conyers, Guilty

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About Scott Rieger

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 29, 2009

About Scott Rieger

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Ty Conklin Will Not be Re-signed as Red Wings Goalie Next Season

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 29, 2009

GM Ken Holland has stated that Ty Conklin will not be brought back next season. Detroit is a team that operates right at the cap and looks like they will use youngster Jimmy Howard as the back up goal tender this season. Holland also let us know that Marian Hossa is not a likely sign and that it is more likely that Samuelson will be here next season.

I have a lot of faith in what ken Holland is doing, he has earned that, however I do question the signing of Samuelson. He’s not worth a whole lot on this team, in my opinion. I would look at bringing up a few of the young guys and spending what money I have on making the defense better and deeper. A big, strong forward that helps maintain puck possession would also be some value with the likely departure of Hossa. Samuelson doesn’t fit either of these needs. He’s a decent player who belongs on the third line.

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Silverdome may be headed for auction block

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 29, 2009

Silverdome may be headed for auction block

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Dennis Northcutt Joins the Detroit Lions Roster

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 27, 2009

In another offensive move, the Lions have traded back up safety Gerald Alexander to the Jacksonvile Jaguars in exchange for slot receiver Dennis Northcutt.

Northcutt has averaged around 500 yards per season over his 9 seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Jaguars.

Northcutt also brings modest return ability, he has averaged just over 10 yards per punt return with three touchdown returns in his career.

Northcutt has not been used as a kick returner much.

Expect to see Northcutt be a solid veteran player in the slot. He’s an upgrade over last year’s slot receivers.

The move brings in a likely starter in exchange for a back up and is further proof the Lions brass is trying to get better any way they can.

Giving away defensive depth for offense could be questionable but with the emergence of rookie safety Louis Delmas, the addition of corner/safety Anthony Henry, safety Daniel Bullocks still on the roster, and the addition of depth guys like Marquand Manuel, the Lions appear to be deep through the secondary. Something they haven’t been in quite a while.

Alexander was decent when he played, he made some plays but injuries were a concern. He should fill a nice hole for Jacksonville and give them a decent starting option.

I would be surprised if this doesn’t complete the offensive moves for Detroit. Unless a lop-sided trade comes their way. The offense is likely set at each position and at this point it will be difficult to make upgrades.

Expect to see a few more defensive moves this summer. Kevin Carter is one of the more likely candidates. A veteran, like La’Roi Glover before he retired, is a strong possibility at the defensive tackle spot.

We’ll keep you posted.

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What are the Some of the Possibilities After the Detroit Pistons Draft?

Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 26, 2009

A few things appear certain for the Pistons.

1. Rodney Stuckey is the point guard of the future.

2. The Pistons are not happy with their depth, especially in the front court.

Some things that aren’t so certain.

1. Rip Hamilton’s future with the Pistons.

2. Tayshaun Prince’s future with the Pistons.

3. The free agent and trade targets of the Pistons.

During an interview held between the first and second round picks in the 2009 NBA Draft, Joe Dumars mentioned how he liked his back court players. Will Bynum, Rodney Stuckey, and Aaron Afflalo were mentioned, Richard Hamilton was not. With the rumors about Ben Gordon and this slip (which could mean nothing in all fairness) it still seems likely Detroit would look to move Hamilton.

With Gordon here and Hamilton moved, it is highly likely the Piston would look to add another front court player with a trade. Tyson Chandler is a prospect that would be a good move. He would bring some size and skill to the Center position. I’m sure the Chris Bosh rumors will persist.

If the Pistons play things right we could see a new shooting guard, power forward, and center. We could also see a new small forward if they look to move Tayshaun Prince.

One over looked move on draft day was the trade of second rounder Chase Budinger. The Pistons pick up a future second round pick, likely in a stronger draft class, and get cash. I believe it to be $500,000.00, but don’t quote that.

With another half million to spend the free agency market is getting more interesting every day huh?

It’s looking like Boozer and Gordon are coming here to me.

I think a trade of Rip is possible, with him going to a team like New Orleans for the, seemingly always on the trading block, Tyson Chandler. I’m not a huge fan of the Boozer and Gordon signings unless they make financial sense. No way Gordon deserves $11 million like many suggest was offered at one time. I think 8 maybe 9 is okay.

Gordon is more valuable than Rip at this point though, neither are particularly strong on the defensive end and Gordon can create his own plays, something Rip is not as good at. He doesn’t pick up the technicals like Rip either.

Boozer is a solid power forward. Nothing wrong with him as long as you don’t over pay. Moving Rip for Chandler or another Center that will start with less cap hit would be a great move. Kwame Brown becomes the likely back up. McDyess remains the sixth man.

If Gordon isn’t here, the Pistons can make almost the same move, although to me a better one, and trade Tayshaun Prince in a comparable deal for a Center. Keep Rip and sign Turkoglu insatead of Gordon. I think this scenario is probably a better one.

Turk is also a guy that will score and he plays better defense than Gordon. It does make the Pistons slightly weaker defensively but Aflalo and the big guys down low should be able to keep things tough for the opposing offense.

Well that’s all the possibilities I have for you for now. Until next time. Deeeetrroooiiittt Baaassskkkeeettbbaallllll!!!

Goin’ to work!

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