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Will BynumFree agent Will Bynum has agreed to a two-year, $5.75 million deal to return to the Detroit Pistons. You may or not think this is Bunumite, but this team is thin on PG’s and Will knows the system.

Joe Dumars is talking to Josh Smith in hopes of landing the free agent.

Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars met with Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith at 12:01 a.m. ET with a plan to make the free agent forward a substantial four-year offer, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Josh Smith is one of the top NBA free agents this summer. Atlanta has shown far more interest in working sign-and-trade arrangements for Smith than re-signing him to a long-term deal, league sources said.

Along with re-signing point guard Jose Calderon, Smith is the Pistons’ top priority on the market.

Dumars also will meet with forward Andre Iguodala on Monday in Los Angeles, but it’s doubtful the Pistons have the willingness to outbid Denver to sign him.” Via Yahoo Sports

It is also rumored that Detroit is in talks with Houston that would bring Jeremy Lin to Detroit in exchange for Jose Calderon in a sign and trade deal.

Since I can remember there has been talks to bring Smith to Detroit.  I’m not sure if Dumars has a man crush on him, or it was the willingness for Atlanta to let him go, but it seems as though every season we have a Josh Smith to the Pistons rumor.  It isn’t as if I’d be terribly upset to land the free agent, but he’s not as explosive as he used to be.  Had the Pistons landed him a few years ago I’d be ecstatic.

As far at the Jeremy Lin rumor, I don’t know what to think of it.

One thing is clear, Dumars is doing his best to make this team a different as he can to “salvage” things.

Bynumite!

ESPN.COM’s Marc Stein is reporting that Will Bynum and his agent, Marc Bartelstein, have announced they’ve re-signed with the Detroit Pistons for a contract that is 3 years and $10.5 million.

As the roster continues to line itself up, let’s take a quick look at what we got:

PG: Stuckey/Bynum/Terrico White*
SG: Hamilton/Gordon
SF: Prince/Daye/Summers
PF: Jerebko/Villanueva/Maxiell
C: Wallace/Monroe/Wilcox

Detroit still has full availability of their mid-level exception.  It’s safe to assume that at least part of that MLE will go towards signing a free agent big man.

*Terrico White is reportedly working on a 1 year deal with an option for a 2nd year but nothing is official.

97.1 The Ticket is reporting that The Pistons have Drew Gooden in their sights. Whether they pick up Gooden or the other big men they are looking at it’s just something we are going to have to wait on.

A. Sherrod Blakely of MLive

“Detroit is giving strong consideration to a handful of frontcourt players, including Glen Davis, Drew Gooden, Rasha Nesterovic, former Piston Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox.”

“Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg posted on his Twitter account that former Hokies standout Deron Washington has signed a guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons, who selected him 59th overall (second round) in the 2008 NBA draft.” Via Daily Press.com

Now there is more….. Our guru Dave Dial gives us the juice.

“Moves like that(signing players like Washington to guaranteed contracts) are often made when one team has to send back a certain amount of money back in a trade. For example, if Detroit is $4 million under the cap after signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva and were to get involved with the Hornets in a trade for Tyson Chandler, the Pistons would have to send back a certain amount of salaries in order to make it work.

Chandler makes $12.2 million dollars, and the Pistons might be $4 million under the cap so a straight salary dump couldn’t work. Stay tuned…

{Update: I’ve been informed that there is a 30 day waiting period when you sign a second-round pick before that player can be traded.}”

Detroit Bad Boys adds even more….suggesting Rip could be on his way out.

Now with the quickness in which this is all happening a girls’ head is spinning. I can’t even sleep without waking up to some rumors or possible trades.  I have been locked to Twitter for the past few days to send out the info as quickly as I get it no matter where I am, so do some following.