Sunday , Nov , 09 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Antonio McDyess Likely to Return to Detroit Pistons

NBA front-office sources reiterated Friday that it would be a seismic shock at this point if McDyess didn’t return to the Pistons, even though roughly half the league has registered interest in signing him once he becomes a free agent. "Dice only wants to play in Detroit," one source said, upholding what we reported from the start Monday.

If he sustains that refusal to budge, as expected, McDyess apparently is going to be leaving some money on the table, given that his forthcoming buyout from the Nuggets will almost certainly include a noticeable cut from the $6.8 million he’s owed next season after earning $6.8 million this season. The Pistons, furthermore, don’t have the financial flexibility to pay McDyess as much in a new deal as, say, Cleveland, with the Cavs still possessing $5.1 million of their midlevel exception. Detroit can’t even match what Boston ($2.4 million) or San Antonio ($2.1 million) could offer immediately unless McDyess signs for the rest of the season and then winds up signing a more lucrative one-year contract for next season, which wouldn’t conflict with the Pistons’ plans in the 2010 free-agent market.