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Joe Durmars picked up the big man he wanted.  According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski Detroit reached and agreement with Josh Harrellson.

“Harrelson will hold a partial salary guarantee for the 2013-14 season, and the Pistons will hold the team option for the 2014-15 season, a source said.”

The 6-10 Harrellson  was the 45th overall pick out of Kentucky in the 2011 NBA Draft.  spent his entire rookie season  with the Knicks averaging 4.4 point in 14 minutes of play.

In July of 2012 he was traded to the Rockets and then waived in August of 2012. He signed with the Miami Heat in January of 2013 then waived again.

In the short time he was not in the NBA he played in Puerto Rico and China.

It has not been officially announced just yet, but it likely will be today.

Josh Harrelson and GiGi Datome

Photos via NBA.com

This isn’t a head turning deal, but he should be a serviceable big man to back up Andre and Moose. I’m just wondering if he brings the lumber jack bearded look to Detroit, because I’m not sure Gigi wants any competition in the facial hair department.

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Joe Dumars landed his free agent in Josh Smith. Smith has agreed to a four-year $56 deal with the Pistons.

According to Yahoo Sports the Pistons pursued Smith the hardest of all free agents.

Like it or not this was the best that Detroit could do. It’s not like Detroit sports fans don’t know that high profile talent don’t want to come to Detroit. With Dumars missing out on Jose Calderon, who signed a deal with the Mavericks and Iguodala who is now a Warrior, if he didn’t land Smith who know what he was or was not going to do.

I’m not a huge Smith fan, nor am I a hater, I mostly worry about his attitude and his inability to knock down jump shots. Do you like the deal?

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A source said Phoenix and Detroit #Pistons are among those pursuing small forward Michael Beasley. Minnesota declined to extend the former No. 2 pick a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. Via Sports Illustrated

Not sure how I feel about this, this former #2 Draft pick has been nothing but a disappointment. It also doesn’t say much that a team like the Timberwolves has no use for him. Remember they have Darko.

UPDATE:

Per Matt Dery @deryNBA Pistons tell sources that the SI report on Beasley is incorrect and the Pistons are not targeting Michael Beasley.

 Vyacheslav Kravtsov

“The Detroit #Pistons have struck a verbal agreement to sign Ukranian centerto a multiyear deal, according to his agent.

“Vyacheslav intends to sign a player contract with the Pistons when the moratorium period ends,” Kravtsov’s representative, Jeff Schwartz, said Sunday night.

Pistons president Joe Dumars confirmed the negotiations in a statement Monday.

“We are engaged in negotiations with Vyacheslav Kravtsov and will enter into a player contract when the moratorium period ends,” he said in the statement.

July 11 is the first day NBA players can sign new contracts, but handshake agreements are permissible in the interim.

The 7-footer turns 25 in August and played for the Boston Celtics’ summer-league team in 2010 after going undrafted in 2009.

Kravtsov averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22 minutes per game last season for BC Donetsk in the Ukranian league. Scouts regard him as an excellent athlete who plays above the rim and is primarily known for his defensive abilities as a rebounder and shot blocker.” Via ESPN.com

Did anyone see something like this coming? Another big guy…ok.

God help me if he makes the team and I have to start spelling his name a regular basis.

Rodney Stuckey Before the CollapseNews on the Stuckey front. As we spoke about in our interview with Vince Ellis of the Freep, Rodney Stuckey thinks he’s worth 10 million dollars or more. That being said, Chad Ford of ESPN is reporting that Stuckey doesn’t like the Pistons offer of a 5 years 40-45 million dollar contract offer.

The Detroit Pistons and restricted free agent Rodney Stuckey are struggling to come to terms on a long-term contract, sources said.

Stuckey, the Pistons’ top free agent this offseason, is balking at what the Pistons are prepared to pay him. The Pistons have discussed a deal that would pay Stuckey between $40 million and $45 million over five years, according to sources.

By comparison, Mike Conley agreed to a five-year, $40 million extension with the Memphis Grizzlies in November.

Stuckey’s representatives, seeking an even bigger deal, have been contacting other teams the past few days, looking to broker a sign-and-trade deal. However, the Pistons are telling teams that they won’t agree to a sign-and-trade for Stuckey, sources said.

If the impasse continues, Stuckey’s reps are threatening to take the Pistons’ one-year, $3.87 million qualifying offer for Stuckey, which would make him an unrestricted free agent in 2012. Via Chad Ford ESPN

In my opinion Stuckey isn’t worth 10 million dollars a year from this team. He hasn’t proven it and after his attitude problem (whether it was partly because of Kuester or not) I have fallen out of like with him and his attitude. Entitlement is all I see here and if he “threatens” to take the Pistons qualifying offer of 3.87 million this season, we’ll likely see him disgruntled and Joe D on the phone trying to make a trade for him.

I posed the question to you on twitter and if you look at the responses you’ll see that I’m of the majority. See Ya Stuckey

Also from his non verified twitter account, Rodney doesn’t want to be in Detroit.

The Clippers have reached out to free agent Tayshaun Prince to gauge his interest in playing for them this season, a source said Wednesday afternoon.

Prince, a 6-foot-9 forward who has played all nine of his NBA seasons with the Detroit Pistons, fits the need the Clippers have for a veteran, quality small forward. Via LA Times

The Pistons have reached an agreement with Tracy McGrady.
The agreement is for the league minimum which is $1.35 million.  This also probably means they will be dealing Rip, Tay or both.

Discuss Pistons fans!

We have new man in town, are you happy?

I never thought I would be tooning T-Mac, but then again I said that about AI.

Tracy McGrady to the PistonsEveryone is clamoring for the Pistons to make some sort of offseason move. The first real news  is that Joe Dumars is considering adding Tracy McGrady to the roster.

Via MLive:
“Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said late Saturday that the team is considering signing free agent Tracy McGrady.
“We’re checking it out,” Dumars said via text message. “We’re discussing it over the weekend.”

I’m not a fan of McGrady, but if the Pistons can sign him to a one year deal a the veterans minimum it’s a win for Detroit. You get a big name at a bargain price adding some value on the roster and putting bodies in the seats at the Palace.
Will he put us in playoff contention? No

Will his attitude change (he has playing time issues)? Not likely.

Why the move exactly?  I don’t know.

The Pistons can finally (per NBA regulations) remove Allen Iverson from their roster.

From Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports

“Allen Iverson has agreed to terms with the Memphis Grizzlies and will sign a one-year deal by week’s end, a league source told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.

He’s expected to sign a $3.5 million contract, with incentives to make more based on performance.

“God chose Memphis as the place that I will continue my career,” Iverson wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday morning. “I met with [owner Mike Heisley], [GM] Chris Wallace and my next head coach, Lionel Hollins.”

Iverson, 34, met with team officials on Monday in Atlanta, where they discussed his potential role with the team.

“I feel that they are committed to developing a winner and I know that I can help them to accomplish that,” Iverson wrote on Twitter. “I feel that I can trust them.”

After a turbulent season with the Detroit Pistons, Iverson attracted marginal interest around the NBA this summer. Several teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers and Charlotte Bobcats, made inquiries, but only Memphis presented a serious bid.

No contending teams bothered to court the 10-time All-Star after he seemed unable to accept a complementary role.”

I was asked today on Twitter by a follower “does this give you closure”…my answer: If he comes off the bench for the Grizz.

That would be the definition of closure “Bad Boy” style.