By Keith Alrick @Kramerica100 on June 20, 2014
For the first time this millennium, the Detroit Pistons are going into the offseason without Joe Dumars as their GM. The first half of his GM career was as good as it gets. Unfortunately, there is a second half. The second half was a mess of bad free-agent signings and a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2009. Stan Van Gundy is the new man in charge and he has a lot of decisions to make this offseason. Here are five bold predictions.
This is a case of both sides needing a fresh start. Stuckey's career with the Pistons will always have a negative cogitation to it. He came to Detroit right as the glory days were ending. Then the Pistons signed him to a big contract that had fans against him even more. I think he has a chance to be a really good third guard for a contending team.
It has been a struggle for KCP since the day the Pistons drafted him. Most of the fanbase wanted Trey Burke, who was drafted a pick after him. He didn't help himself much with the way he played during his rookie season. Fortunately for him, his best game of the season was the last game of the year. He showed off his potential by scoring 30 points at Oklahoma City. He is a good outside shooter who should thrive with Stan Van Gundy.
Monroe is a restricted free agent and the rumor is that the team wants to keep him. I think this could be a smoke screen. It has nothing to do with how good Monroe is. Nearly everyone would like to have Monroe paired with Andre Drummond, but it's not that easy. The problem is that Detroit has a very expensive roadblock named Josh Smith in the way. This makes Monroe the odd man out, but Detroit won't be left empty handed.
Which free agent has the most red flags? Answer: The one that the Pistons sign. Pairing Stephenson with Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith would be the final piece of the puzzle to the most dysfunctional team of all time. This move would cause Stan Van Gundy to lose what hair he has left on his head and his anger would eventually lead to his mustache falling completely off.
In an attempt to save his sanity, Stan Van Gundy will trade for Rajon Rondo. He will find a way to package Greg Monroe, Brandon Jennings and multiple draft picks for the Celtics' guard. Rondo to Detroit was rumored during the past season because one of his best friends is Josh Smith. This would create a Pistons starting five of Rondo, KCP, Stephenson, Smith and Drummond. It might result in another malice at the palace, but also a playoff birth.
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