(Eds: Switches photo link to one with English caption. With AP Photos.) By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Joe Dumars and the Detroit Pistons had been waiting a while for this offseason - and it showed.
The Pistons have finally been able to give their roster a significant makeover, adding Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups and Italian star Luigi Datome. It remains to be seen how much the team will improve, but for the first time in a while, there's a bit of a buzz surrounding this struggling franchise.
After four straight seasons without a playoff berth, Detroit entered the offseason with plenty of space under the salary cap. Dumars, the general manager, said this week he's accomplished what he wanted to via free agency.
''The only thing left now is trade possibilities, and that door will continue to be open,'' he said.
Detroit's rebuilding process has been slow. First, Tom Gores became the team's new owner in 2011 following a drawn-out sale that added to...