For the record, T-Mac denies the combined absence of himself, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Chris Wilcox from this morning’s shootaround in Philadelphia was an orchestrated attempt to make Pistons head coach John Kuester (above) look like a schmuck (““If it was some kind of protest, everybody would know about it, right?”). And while ESPN’s Marc Stein seems to think the scheme was worked according to plan (“it’s gotten so ugly that the Pistons can’t possibly save face no matter what happens next”), leave it to Detroit Bad Boys’ Mike Payne to provide all sorts of helpful suggestions for the organization going forward ;
Trade Tayshaun Prince to Dallas for Caron Butler and a 1st rounder: no matter how weak the draft, there are always gems to be found. Despite being as asshat with free agents and trades and, well, many of his recent drafts, Dumars has been good at finding value there on the cheap.
Trade Richard Hamilton to Cleveland for a Buy-out and Possibly Picks: Since Dallas has reportedly been wanting to do the Tayshaun trade for a while, it was smart of you to execute a few weeks ago. With the old guard thinned out, Hamilton will be more likely to accept a buy-out since the writing is on the wall. This way, the guard glut is mostly solved and the team has flexibility to move forward and go young.
Sell the Fucking Team: Hold back the urge to demand a sale price of $365 just because that extra $5 million will get you a stable of ponies, a pink BMW convertible and Fabio, Karen. And David, it’s hilarious to hear that you’re afraid of undervaluing NBA franchises with a low sale price when you’re tossing the word “contraction” around like a goddamn gynecologist.