Pistons Mailbag - Thursday, June 23 - Page 3
Pistons.com editor Keith Langlois answers your questions about the Pistons and NBA. Click here to submit your questions - please include your name, email address and city/state on the form. Return to the Mailbag homepage.
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Joe (New Hudson, Mich.): Guard is not a position of need for the Pistons, but if Jimmer Fredette were to fall to the eighth pick, what would be the chances the Pistons would take him? Wow – 29 points per game last year seems impressive to me.
Langlois: Not just to you, Joe – what Fredette did at BYU last year deserves everyone’s profound respect. But you’re right – it would be hard to justify taking a score-first combo guard for a team that already has Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon. If you think Fredette is better than those two guys, you take him. Otherwise, it would be tough to make that call.
Marcus (Birmingham, Mich.): There has been a fair amount of speculation that Tayshaun Prince will be included in a sign and trade this off-season. How soon can this happen? Any chance he could be included in a draft-day trade?
Langlois: No. As a pending free agent, Prince can’t be traded on draft day or until free agency opens. If a new CBA is agreed upon in time to replace the one that expires at midnight June 30, then free agency will be governed by new rules. Under the old CBA, a sign and trade could have been executed seven days after the July 1 opening of free agency.
Keith (Southfield, Mich.): What do you think about the Pistons trading the No. 8 pick plus Rip and maybe another player for Tony Parker and possibly pick up Dalembert as a free agent?
Langlois: Tough to see San Antonio taking Rip Hamilton back in that deal given his contract and the fact they have Manu Ginobili and last year’s All-Rookie first teamer, Gary Neal, to play shooting guard. And Dalembert is going to be a tough get for the Pistons. If the new CBA gives the home team the advantage in retaining free agents, Sacramento is already on board as saying it wants Dalembert back. If there is no home-team edge, Miami will make a big push to get him if there is a similar mechanism to the mid-level exception in the next CBA.