Found June 28, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
AUBURN HILLS -- A quarter of a century ago, the Detroit Red Wings were so desperate to get their hands on Sergei Fedorov, they actually helped him defect from his home country. The Pistons didn't go quite that far with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but the story of how they selected him with the eighth pick of Thursday's draft still reads like something out of a spy thriller. The Pistons badly wanted Caldwell-Pope, a big shooting guard who can run the floor and bomb away from 3-point range. However, they also knew that Minnesota, who had the ninth picked, also had their eyes on him. As long as the Timberwolves stayed at No. 9, that didn't matter, but team president Joe Dumars didn't want them trading up to get there ahead of Detroit. So Caldwell-Pope became a non-person. He never worked out for Detroit, letting Minnesota think that they were focused on other needs -- a point guard, perhaps. "I let people know that we're looking at perimeter players at the 1,...
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