Dumars might trades to fix team
-Joe Dumars broke up the Detroit Pistons when he was convinced they were no longer an Eastern Conference power.
Now that Detroit’s record is among the worst in the league, the team’s
president of basketball operations sounds like he’s ready to make more
moves over the next month.
"We will not be averse to being active before the trading deadline,” Dumars said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. "But we’re definitely not going to be active just to be active. At this stage, it has to make sense for us going forward. We’re not looking for a short-term fix.”
One player could not cure all the Pistons’ problems, even if he was a desperately needed point guard or a low-post scorer.
"We are not a finished product,” Dumars said. "We have some holes to fill and we will go about doing that.”
Detroit was expected to endure a rebuilding season after dealing Chauncey Billups last season, then losing Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess in free agency during the summer.
Few predicted the Pistons would be this bad. Detroit (12-25) has lost 13 of 14 and barely avoided a franchise-record losing streak earlier this week. Adding to the franchise’s woes, it usually has thousands of empty seats for home games and those in the house for an uninspired loss last week did as much jeering as cheering.
"I would boo, too, the way we played,” forward Charlie Villanueva said. "I don’t blame them.”
Not long ago, the Pistons’ arena was regularly filled as the team advanced to the conference finals six straight years – the league’s longest streak since the Los Angeles Lakers’ run in the 1980s – and won the NBA title in 2004.