Found July 01, 2013 on The Victory Formation:
There was a time where Joe Dumars was revered for this shrewd trades and his thrifty, yet intelligent free agent pickups. Of course, it helps when those moves land you a championship. But those days are well gone. Forget the trades that landed them Ben Wallace, Rip Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace. Forget the cheap deal which netted the team Chauncey Billups. Those were deals that marked an entire different Dumars era of general managing. But go ahead and remember the deals for Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon. Or the Allen Iverson trade. Those are more defining of who Dumars is, now. Don’t believe me, just look at who he met with at 12:01AM this morning. Look, Atlanta Hawks free agent Josh Smith is a solid NBA basketball player, but not worth a large deal. That’s what he is seeking, and from all reports, that’s what the Pistons are willing to give him with their nearly $20 million in salary cap space. He’s been an obsession of Dumars’ for the past few years, as he has attempted to trade for him. It made sense before the Pistons. frontline was anchored by Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, as Smith plays above the [...]
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