Joe Dumars doesn't want a trade — yet
Terry Foster / The Detroit News
Auburn Hills — Joe Dumars holds two fingers in the air during a quiet workout at the Pistons practice facility.
There’s significance to that number. It’s the number of games the
Pistons have played with a healthy roster. And that’s why Dumars,
president of the Pistons, isn’t in the trade market right now.
So you can forget rumors of bringing in Carlos Boozer (Jazz), Chris Kaman (Clippers) or Amare Stoudemire (Suns).
Dumars says the rumors aren’t true. He’s more interested in evaluating his team than adding to it.
The problem is, he can’t study his product until it’s whole again.
"It’s hard to say what you have when you’ve had your team for just two games," Dumars said. "You don’t know about your team. It’s not like we’ve had our full complement of players and we have the record (15-28) we have.
"You don’t know if you are a playoff team or not. So you don’t talk about making trades."
The last time the Pistons played the Grizzlies, tonight’s opponent, they were healthy and won 96-74. Since then, the Pistons have resembled a M*A*S*H* unit.
• Ben Gordon has missed 18 games — he’s expected to miss No. 19 tonight — after missing only 12 games his first five seasons with the Bulls. His 17.2 scoring average is the second lowest of his career, and he’s shooting a career-low .321 from 3-point range.
• Richard Hamilton missed 29 games his first five seasons with the Pistons, but has missed 27 this year. Although Hamilton is averaging 19.2 points, he has career lows in shooting percentage (.395) and 3-point shooting (.240).