Thursday , Jun , 18 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Is Detroit better signing Ben Gordon and trading ‘Rip’ Hamilton?

It started last November when he wrapped MVP candidate and classic table-setter Chauncey Billups in a bow and gave him to Denver. Sure, Allen Iverson’s ‘max’ contract will provide the cap flexibility to sign a big ticket free-agent, but few impact a team like Mr. Big Shot. Whatever name the Pistons bring in this summer, he won’t replace Billups.

Is Detroit better signing Ben Gordon and trading 'Rip' Hamilton?

Has Joe Dumars lost his touch?

The Pistons’ head suit has always been a shrewd operator, finding under appreciated players and giving them opportunities to shine on Motown’s stage. His value approach turned Detroit into a perennial contender on-court, while modeling fiscal sanity in an era when franchises have spent like drunken sailors.

Something has changed. Dumars now seems intent on taking risks with the franchise he leads.  

It started last November when he wrapped MVP candidate and classic table-setter Chauncey Billups in a bow and gave him to Denver. Sure, Allen Iverson’s ‘max’ contract will provide the cap flexibility to sign a big ticket free-agent, but few impact a team like Mr. Big Shot. Whatever name the Pistons bring in this summer, he can’t replace Billups.  

Recent reports have Dumars preparing a multi-year offer at $11 million per season for pending free agent Ben Gordon. The combo guard is a solid scorer, but hardly worth opening the vaults for. Gordon, because of his size, struggles to create scoring opportunities and wouldn’t necessarily be an improvement over ‘Rip’ Hamilton.

Suppose, for a minute, Dumars does sign Gordon. Then he has to move Hamilton -even though the veteran signed a three-year pact for 33 million dollars. In less than a year, Detroit would’ve replaced Billups and Hamilton, one of the game’s top backcourts, with Stuckey and Gordon.  

Dumars was wrong to trade Billups. Swapping Gordon for Hamilton is also risky.

Detroit’s current shooting guard has size, experience, and a defined position. All of which are valuable with a young, developing point guard like Stuckey.As mentioned earlier, Gordon is smallish, has less experience, and is a two trapped in a one’s body. To be fair, the former Sixth Man of the Year is younger then Hamilton and hungry to prove his worth.

The remodeling will continue this summer. Detroit’s future depends on Dumars making the right decisions, not gambling on players like Gordon.  

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