Pistons Mailbag - Monday, April 9, 2012 - Page 2

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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Marshall (Detroit): If the Pistons cannot get Anthony Davis in this draft, would it be best to draft Terrence Jones, the power forward who played next to him at Kentucky?

Langlois: If Davis had rubbed off on Jones by virtue of playing next to him at Kentucky, then sure. I don’t see power forward as Jones’ ticket to NBA stardom, Marshall. I think he’ll get used some at that spot, depending on the team he goes to. Jones, to me, is a guy like Al Harrington. He’ll cause some matchup problems and he’ll also be faced with some challenges trying to guard bigger power forwards.

Buk (Bangkok, Thailand): I have to assume the Pistons are going to amnesty Charlie V at season’s end. If they were to trade him after that, how does that affect the trading partner’s salary cap?

Langlois: If a team invokes the amnesty clause to get a player’s contract off its cap, it cannot then turn around and trade him. The player becomes a free agent, though only after going through a waiver-like process where teams have the ability to claim him based on record. The teams that make a claim also have to make a bid on the player. Whichever team is awarded the amnestied player then pays him what it bid to get him; the original team must make up the difference so that the player earns every penny that his original contract promised him.

Steve (Windsor, Ontario): Not a question, but I just wanted to say your answer to John in Sterling Heights explaining why tanking is a bad idea was perfect. That completely echoes my thinking, though I was unable to put it into words. To intentionally not compete in a profession where fans shell out hard-earned dollars and tens of millions are spent to compete is unethical. I’m glad the Pistons don’t have those types of players. Great answer.

Langlois: Thanks, Steve. In both of the last two seasons, the Pistons hurt their draft standing by winning games in the final two weeks. They wound up with Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight. In this draft, Anthony Davis is head and shoulders above everyone as a sure-fire NBA impact player. After that, I’m not sure you won’t have the same chance to land an impact player at eight or nine than you would at three or four. We’ll see. Let’s hope it turns out as well as the past two years.

Tom (Watervliet, Mich.): Thanks for your article on Charlie V. To me, he is inspiring and a positive example. Do the Pistons feel Kyle Singler can help them should they be able to offer more money than Europe? If it comes down to Tyler Zeller or John Henson, who would fit the Pistons better?

Langlois: Pistons personnel director George David will be traveling to Europe within the next few weeks and one of his stops will be to see Singler play. Singler has continued to play very well since moving from Alicante to Real Madrid, both teams from the Spanish ACB league but at opposite ends of the spectrum – sort of like the Yankees and the Kansas City Royals both share the American League but operate with completely different payrolls. A player making Singler’s contributions is worth a pretty good chunk of change in Spain and remember that their salary is tax free. Singler, by all accounts, has done more than tolerate living in a foreign country to earn a paycheck, he’s truly embraced the lifestyle in Spain. So it could be tough to pry him away. It’s a good news-bad news story for the Pistons, but it beats the alternative of having a second-round pick that proves he can’t play. As for Henson or Zeller, tough call. Zeller had a tremendous year. The feeling is he doesn’t have the athleticism or upside of his younger brother, Cody. The question with Henson is his frame and whether he can survive as an NBA power forward.

David (Saginaw, Mich.): Tyreke Evans is an underappreciated player in the NBA and to the Kings. Any chance the Pistons try to swing a trade for him this off-season? Maybe send Austin Daye and Ben Gordon to get him.

Langlois: Sacramento is one of the toughest front offices to read, David, so it’s difficult to say what their intentions are with Evans. His talent is pretty commonly accepted around the league. There are rumblings that he can be a prickly personality and concern that he and DeMarcus Cousins on the same team make for a combustible locker room, but whether that makes Kings management open to a deal is another question. Sacramento’s front office has been rumored on shaky ground, though questions about the financing of a new arena have dominated the conversation and might further complicate any front-office maneuvering. Regardless, it would take a significant investment of assets for the Pistons, or any team, to induce the Kings to trade Evans. If the Pistons had the wherewithal to get a player of that magnitude, my guess is they’d be using it to help up front.

Joe (Sterling Heights, Mich.): I was impressed watching Macklin in the D-League. If he doesn’t get a chance to play this year, do the Pistons still plan to re-sign him for next year? I’d hate to see a young big with potential leave for nothing to have success elsewhere.

Langlois: Macklin has a comfort zone with the Pistons and they’ll have his rights as a restricted free agent. I would expect him to be a part of their Summer League team and from there it will just depend on what other moves the Pistons make. The likelihood is that he’s back with the Pistons next season.

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