Delfino Traded for draft picks

by | Jun 15, 2007 | 76 comments

The Pistons made their first move of the off-season Friday, shipping Carlos Delfino to Toronto in exchange for second-round picks in the 2009 and 2011 NBA drafts.

The move clears almost $2 million in room under the NBA’s salary cap and would appear to make it even more likely that the Pistons will have a roster spot available for Alex Acker, a 2005 second-round draft choice who spent last season in Greece after playing his rookie year with the Pistons.

There is also a very good possibility that the Pistons will draft a perimeter player with the 15th pick of the June 28 draft, given the way the draft is shaping up. Among the possibilities there are small forwards Al Thornton of Florida State and Thaddeus Young of Georgia Tech, shooting guard Nick Young of Southern Cal and combo guard Rodney Stuckey of Eastern Washington – all players who would have competed with Delfino for playing time.

“We appreciate everything Carlos did for us while he was here,” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said, “and we wish him all the best with Toronto.” Via Pistons.com

76 Comments

  1. April32

    ehh, i never really did like him.
    actually he was my least favorite.
    plus he just opened up the salary cap that could be used to for sorry to say but WAY better players.

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  2. Anonymous

    aww I’m gonna miss him =[

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  3. Anonymous

    Man that sucks I liked Delfino

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  4. Anonymous

    How can someone not like Los? i loved it when he slammed it home ill really miss him well not that much in canada you get to see plenty of them raptors more and more it looks like we are getting ready to blow up the team but im sure it will happen in 2 or 3 years and its good to know we have plenty of good young players and picks.

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  5. Anonymous

    i really did not like him but it kills me that he is leaving

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  6. Anonymous

    Man, I’m kinda sadden at the fact that he is leaving. I’m gonna miss him. Even though he stunk sometimes he did hit some good 3’s to either get us back in the game or give us an advantage. I’m gonna miss you Carlos. Why didn’t they trade him when he was talking smack about not getting PT?

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  7. Anonymous

    And so it begins !

    Vin
    Connecticut

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  8. Natalie

    “Why didn’t they trade him when he was talking smack about not getting PT? “

    I agree… and for 2 lousy 2nd round picks, he’s worth more.

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  9. Anonymous

    They didnt trade him because.. First who would we replace him with? joe d didnt feel alex acker was ready and we had the 60th pick last year so there was really nobody to replace him and 2 probably had to see if he would produce when we gave him more time but thats self explanatory cuz he got traded.. we could of gotten more from the raptors if he had developed some kind consistency..

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  10. Jamie

    He was growing on me this year because he wasn’t as selfish… but he still screwed up a lot. I trust Joe D though. However, I will miss calling him Delfonzo, which became his nickname when one of my friends called him that on accident.

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  11. Anonymous

    Well, Sheed will miss Carlos if Sheed is still here. I hope all this good news about Alex Acker is true, they say he is one of the best over in Europe.

    Good luck to you Carlos.

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  12. Anonymous

    Ill miss Los and im sure many of his teammates will too good luck in the raptors Carlos hope you do good.. and the guy coming in Alex Acker has someone seen him play? becuz the guy is a monster.

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  13. jess

    Aww I’m kinda gonna miss him.. and I was thinkin that it might of been a typo when you said “second-round picks…” because I deffinitly feel hes better than that.. that kinda sucks.

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  14. Anonymous

    about time

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  15. Anonymous

    Couldnt joe ship flip murray with delfino too? at least get rid of a really bad player

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  16. BigPapiFresh44

    I like Delfino’s talent he showcase but for the future of the Detroit Pistons its very nice to have future draft picks to build a team in the coming years….hope we get to see new faces with the desire and determination to get it done every single night GO DETROIT PISTONS

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  17. Amanda

    Oh my God! I’m fucking pissed. I LOVE ‘LOS! Seriously, this sucks… Ain’t no way I’m going to be able to handle a starter leaving if I’m this upset over ‘Fino. I…I…ugh!

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  18. Raul El Patron

    Whether we’ll miss Delfino or not, well that’s just crying over spilled milk. The point is, Joe D is thinking ahead too. At least he didn’t trade for yet another veteran for short-term purposes. This leaves Detroit with multiple draft picks in the future, thus ensuring we’ll always have ways to reload. Again, if you heard the interview, Dumars is not going to let another meltdown like in 1991 happen. One way to do so is by securing draft picks. Also, if Alex Acker is a good as advertised and with the possibility of bringing the Samb kid from Spain, there’s gotta be room for them on the roster. And the salary cap room will be useful in resigning key players… not a bad move when you look at the larger picture.

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  19. Anonymous

    we should get more 1st draft picks thats stupid we gave away talent for almost nothing. Carlos was good in the regular season, but he was HORRIBLE in the playoffs.

    good luck to him, and when he comes to the palace next season wearing a raps’ jersey, lets cheer for him =]

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  20. 222 ripcity Michigan

    It Starts…*sigh*

    Good luck Mr Delfino

    Thank you!

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  21. Gilliss

    CHUMP CHANGE!!

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  22. Anonymous

    Man that’s a surprise, I really liked him. I know he didn’t produce in the playoffs but he was never really sure what to do, this was his first time playing in the playoffs. I wish him the best and can’t wait for him to come back with the Raptors, but seriously? two SECOND ROUND draft picks? that’s an insult.

    He was my favorite player on the team, you would just wait to see what he would do every game. Sometimes not much, other times gold, Emeka Okafor can testify to that. Not to worry as long as I still have Antonio McDyess.

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  23. Anonymous

    WOW. I am kinda suprised. Not really bummed, just suprised.
    -Junior

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  24. Anonymous

    I liked carlos very much, hopefully he will get more playing time with the raptors.I do believe he was worth more then we got for him though. Well mybe joe is privy to info that escapes us.Anyway hold onto your pistons caps my friends , I think this will be a summer of change!

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  25. Bigdee36

    I liked Delfino! I’m kind of Mad they traded him instead of Flip Murray though.

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  26. Amanda

    I’m still pissed…

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  27. Anonymous

    I don’t think that was the best thing to do.If Dumars makes anymore dumb trades like that he might make the Pistons worse than making them any better.Delfino was a ok player but to SECOND round draft picks years from now is what they get for him thats kind of stupid.

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  28. Anonymous

    Its not that bad of a move face it delfino isnt consistent and is not gonna turn out like ginobili he has to be a ballhog like kobe to get points you never know if those draft picks might come handy. its obvious he likes alex acker talent more than delfino’s.. before saying that was a dumb trade try doin his job and say you could of gotten a better deal.

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  29. Bigdee36

    I never seen thi Alex Acker guy play is he any good?

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  30. Amanda

    I don’t think many fans have seen him play.

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  31. Anonymous

    alex acker has some very nice highlights on youtube then anyone can see. he has nice hops and he is a good passer.

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  32. Anonymous

    this to all the true pistons fans who havent seen alex acker play go to youtube and type his name in theres a bunch of video of him playing i think he can bring a lot more than delfino did

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  33. Anonymous

    I couldn’t stand the guy until this year. This year he got aggressive, and I thought, played very well. I will miss him too. He grew on me.

    Let’s hope that added money helps us to keep the Chauncey and Webber. I would hate to see either of them go.

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  34. Bigdee36

    I seen some of the videos on you-tube and I think he can make an impact on this team and give us some youth and athletisism. Delfino had flashes of goodness but he wasn’t very consistant. I liked him but he had to go.

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  35. Gilliss

    I’m not convinced at all by those videos of Acker. They show him getting blocked and pulling crazy moves that would never work in the NBA.

    However, if I’m wrong and we see TWO second rounders (Acker and Amir) take off (because I already think Amir will), then maybe the trade was pure genius! Maybe Joe D is the master of the late draft and fool of the first round.

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  36. Anonymous

    This day 3 years ago Pistons won their NBA Title!!

    Lets celebrate!

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  37. Anonymous

    DAM N I WAS LOOKING FOWARD TO LOOKING AT DELFINO GROW INTO A PLAYER, BECAUSE I WAS SIMPLY MESMORIZED MY HIS PHENOMINAL DUNKING AND THREE POINT SHOTS

    -#1 TEENAGE PISTON FAN

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  38. Bigdee36

    We got rid of Delfino but at least wemight have the money to resign Chauncey now.

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  39. Amanda

    But ‘Fino was such a sexy Argentine! I’ll miss his shiny hair, confused expression, and most of all, those thumbs! (You know, the ones he’d have sticking out of clenched fists as he ran backwards down the court after making a basket.) The ‘Dos ‘Los is now the No ‘Los and that makes me muy triste.

    Luckily we have so much sexiness on the team that the Georgious Quotient is still the highest in the league and we all know that’s all that really matters. 🙂

    ‘Fino, you’ll always be the #1 Carlos in my heart. GOOD LUCK IN CANADA!

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  40. Amanda

    P.S. I’m still pissed.

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  41. Mustafa

    I thought that Carlos Delfino should be traded because he wasn’t really clicking with the pistons offense. Yeah, he did a couple good things but he also cost us a lot of games too. I remember that foul he committed at the 3point line at the last few seconds in the regular season and same situation took place again.

    I think hes a great player but in order for him to be as great as he is he needs to play with a team that can afford to take the risk and play him out there longer. This way he might become another GINOBLI! HOPEFULLY!

    good luck to DELF

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  42. I Colored Them Green

    Carlos will be something someday, he never really got the chance here to do what he can. He was used just as a role player… off the bench, and never had any plays called for him. So i think it was hard for him to get the opportunities to show that he could be consistantly good. He never got enough playing time. he’s a good defender and has a range of skills offensively as well. So none the less i’m pissed that he’s gone and that we didnt get anyone in return. however, i’m happy that he’ll get a chance to prove himself, and i’m hopefull JoeD knows what he’s doing, so i think everything will turn out for the best.

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  43. Bigdee36

    That’s really sad that before he really started geting minutes he was traded. We lost another three point shooter. Why can’t we keep our team together? First Big Ben now him. I’ll die if they get rid of Sheed or M.R Bigshot.

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  44. Anonymous

    Seriously, I never imagined myself going to bat for Carlos, but this year… man he did some good things for this team. He really did have a nose for the ball. I would rather have seen Flip Murray go. (#1 because he is a ball hog and #2 because he came from Cleveland… we all hate them now don’t we?) Yeah he screwed up a lot, but I do think he will be somebody someday, and I hope we don’t end up regretting this move. I am sure in the future (when we play Toronto) I will be wishing he was still one of ours… damn, why couldn’t it have been Murray?? Still don’t care for ole Flip. (Maybe it’s the name.) Oh well, as long as we get the core four back, I’ll get over him happily.

    DEEE-TROIT BASKETBALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!

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  45. Ahmed

    Man, I just saw a video of Alex Acker, AND, Oh My God. He amazing.

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  46. Anonymous

    omg omg omg omg carlos is gone to toronto – wait – i live right next to toronto! sweet!

    ALEX ACKER IS AMAZING!!

    $2mil could also go to ensure gettin mr big shot back (-eh?)

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  47. Anonymous

    Just needed to vent, does anyone brsides me think drew sharp is on some smoke? He’ll say one thing and then come back a week later with a complete 180.Negative people drive me crazy life is to damn short for that!

    I for one will miss carlos, don’t feel he was properly handled here. L.B. was not good with young players. Our coaching choices have’nt been the greatest and I believe MR. Davidsons concentration on not paying a luxury tax broke up our 04 team. I believe we could have gotten a second tittle otherwise.

    Yes J.D. has made some bad choices but he must work within Davidsons paramaters.If you want quality you have to be willing to pay for it!

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  48. Anonymous

    ^^^yeah don’t read Drew Sharp. He is an idiot. A. Sharrod Blakely and Chris McCosky are probably the best to read for Piston talk.
    -Junior

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  49. Tara

    aww, i’m gonna miss him, that’s kinda depressing, i think we never really gave him a chance to show what he can do, but on the high note. Atleast JoeD knows what he’s doing, and i think he made a right choice (as much as i would have liked to see flip murray go). the money can help bring some key guys back!!

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  50. April32

    as much as i didnt like delfino this could be a start of some stupid, stupid trades.
    i mean if he made one that low, imagine what he is going to do for the rest of the summer.
    this isnt looking good at all!

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  51. Anonymous

    I totally agree that we should cheer for him when he returns to the palace!
    “Delfino aint no punk” – Rasheed Wallace

    ~Richie~

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  52. claire

    i don’t care for delfino, but i do think that he’s worth more than just 2 second round picks…ah, well, so it begins…watever, just don’t trade rip.

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  53. April32

    i definitley agree with claire ^^

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  54. egold98

    ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS IS A BAD TRADE IS A COMPLETE IDIOT…JOE DUMARS IS A TOP 5 GM IN THE LEAGUE SO PLEASE GIVE HIM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT HERE….DELFINO WAS A BENCH PLAYER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD…HE BARELY GOT AND PT SO FOR 2 2nd RD PICKS ITS A GOOD DEAL….OUR SCOUTING DEPARTMENT CAN THEN DRAFT SOME QUALITY TALENT AND WE MOVE FORWARD….ALL U GUYS FREAK OUT THE SECOND WE DO SOMETHING…RELAX

    AND ALSO…LARRY BROWN WANTS TO COACH…..HE IS NO DOUBT THE BEST COACH WE HAVE HAD IN RECENT YEARS…SO MR. DAVIDSON AND THE REST OF THE FRONT OFFICE: SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE AND BRING HIM BACK…U KNOW IT WUD BE THE BEST DECISION OF THE OFFSEASON TO BRING BACK LARRY

    thats all i gotta say

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  55. yahtzee

    Sorry but LB isn’t coming back. Also I am pretty sure that these draft picks are going to be traded this summer. I doubt Joe D is that worried about the second round a couple years down the road. Other teams could find those picks valuable and with a player thrown in may trade a very good player. Go Stons!

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  56. gee gee

    Breaking News:
    And the countdown begins: Carlos Delfino the first to be traded, to the Toronto Rapters for 2 second round draft picks 2009 and 2011.
    WHO WILL BE NEXT?! DA DA DAAAAAAA!!

    I wonder why so low. Anyway I liked Delfino with his slick back, John Travolta shiny hair style, his sauve swagger, and his cute accent lol. Even though he did play all 82 games without alot of minutes, and at crucial moments he pulled through,and at times slacked, he was still apart of the Detroit family and it will be sad not to see him in a uniform next year. I wish him the best of luck with his new team in Toronto and that he gets enough minutes and becomes a star.

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE REMAINING DETROIT PISTONS?

    Now on to the players that are still here. I hope THEY ARE STILL HERE by the time the season starts. I am happy that Jay Maxx, Acker, and Johnson will be getting playing minutes and showcasing their skills very soon. We do need fresh meat and young atheliticism from these guys to shake and bake the other teams. Now with that said this in turn will help out our veteran players, when they get tired put in the youngsters, and rest the starters up. Also people are getting used to the way the Pistons have been playing and yadayada, so with the newbies they can switch it up and bring in new flavor and still maintain that old school flavor we have come to love from the fab four……well fab five hopefully saying that Chauncey and Webber stay.

    MORAL OF THE STORY:
    Like Annie says: “The sun will come out tommorow, bet your bottom DOLLAR that tommorow…”

    So maybe that is what Joe Dumars is doing betting his dollars$$$ that by doing these trades (ex. Delfino and maybe, but hopefully not more) it will benefit the Pistons and keep them contenders 10 years down the line. And hopefully to anotehr championship.

    Right now we think this is a disater waiting to happen. Why don’t we just wait and see what happens before we start coming to conclusions. We made it through without Big Ben and I am quite sure we can make it through without out our beloved Delfino
    ONE GUY IS NOT THE END OF A DYNASTY.- gee gee(well only if we lose Chauncey and don’t have a better replacement,lol sad but true)
    So let’s show our GM Joe D and the Pistons some love. Remember Joe is a two time ring holder and he knows talent when he sees them.

    LET’S PUT ALL THE DRAMA BEHIND AND LOOK AHEAD TO THE FUTURE:
    50TH ANNIVERSAY
    NEW RETRO JERSEYS
    RESIGNING OF CHAUNCEY BILLUPS
    JAY MAXx, ACKER, JOHNSON (MAYBE THE STARTING OF THE NEW DYNASTY OF BAD BOYS)
    2008 CHAMPIONSHIP
    MCDYESS AND WEBBER WITH A RING
    ALL THESE THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO AS WE HAD INTO THE 2007-2008 SEASON. IM GETTING PUMPED NOW ARE YOU?!

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  57. santa

    i wish Joe D would just announce all of his trades at once already…so we can all just have one big heart attack rather than one cardiac arrest after another.

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  58. Anonymous

    How was that a bad deal 2 second round picks are not that bad considering that if delfino doesnt become a consistent player hes a bust and 2 he wasnt that great although i dont think you can judge him for fouling kirk for a 3 like seriously we all make mistakes and only happened twice and 2 it was clearly joe wanted to clear space for alex acker… I dont know why ppl are underestimating joe he knows what he is doin..

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  59. Anonymous

    gooodbye to him! just dont boo him when he plays against him. he contributed, and he’s not like a ben wallace where he had the choice to leave. He didn’t have a choice to leave. GOOD LUCK TO HIM!

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  60. Anonymous

    man, I’m gonna miss Carlos even though he wasn’t very consistent, he made a couple of huge 3pointers for us and he had some crazy dunks that got me up out my seat, he is going to get better as time goes along, GOOD LUCK CARLOS, and thank you for your contribution to the team, and I always thought that he was cute!!! DO all of you fans agree that we got one team full of of cuties, even our GM is cute!!!!

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  61. Anonymous

    ^^ haha i think its their personalities and how they act with each other that make our players cute. Because honestly, if I’m watching the pistons for the 1st time in my life not knowing who they are, I woudln’t think they’re cute. I think adorable is a better word to describe them.

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  62. lyndakay

    I’ll miss Carlos. But there are other players I’d sure miss alot more!

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  63. Anonymous

    the pistons are SOOO ADORABLE =]

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  64. shatia

    awwwwwwwww imma mis him in a piston jersey. I thought he was great, and did alot of little things to help out. Cant wait to see him back at the palace—everybody cheer (lol). Show him some appreciation. On the flip sid im kinda want to see what alex acker can do. Hopefully this trade was worth it and as much as I like Delfino i trust Joe D.

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  65. Aria

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! i miss him already. and it hasnt even been 2 minutes. sniff. i’ll miss u los. good luck in toronto.

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  66. April32

    sooo,kobe wants to be traded AGAIN!
    that could look bad for the players that we want to stay!
    i do not want kobe, and i know there is a slim chance, but anything is possible.

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  67. Anonymous

    Anything can happen but kobe coming to the pistons you have to be blind to think he could wear a pistons uniform joe dumars isnt a retard and kobe is trying to force the lakers get jermaine oneal

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  68. Robert

    I have a feeling that in a few days, once the smoke settles, we’ll find out that Carlos asked to be traded (a by-product of Flip Saunders staying as the coach and the inconsistent minutes doled out to him by said coach) or this move was done in part to clear the way for Grant Hill to come back.

    I still see Flip Murray being included in a package with Nazr and perhaps one or both of those second round picks for something (bag of balls, chewing gum, or those nifty little mats the players use to get junk of the bottom of their shoes.)

    Carlos had a nose for the ball, no doubt about it, but he was never going to get any steady playing time here, not with the current coaching staff. I’m sure he will improve to a Darko-esque level in Toronto, and some of us will scratch our heads and wonder what might have been . . .

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  69. Anonymous

    Man I’m gonna miss Carlos…..but this means that my boy Ronald Dupree could get some more playin time!

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  70. Anonymous

    Rediculous! You to wonder what Joe is thinking?
    Delfino was coming into form and playing very good defense while his shot was finally staying true.
    This was a move to bring Grant Hill, Mo Pete, or to free up some change for billups or Deyss.
    Let’s be logical- Nazi is going to be shipped for someone like Mo Pete. I don’t like what i’m seeing so far- I don’t like the ideas of unproven players taking Delfinos place. This summer is going to be intresting.

    -Mike Herrington(www.myspace.com/mikeherrington)

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  71. Anonymous

    Rediculous! You’ve got to wonder what Joe is thinking?
    Delfino was coming into form and playing very good defense while his shot was finally staying true.
    This was a move to bring Grant Hill, Mo Pete, or to free up some change for billups or Deyss.
    Let’s be logical- Nazi is going to be shipped for someone like Mo Pete. I don’t like what i’m seeing so far- I don’t like the ideas of unproven players taking Delfinos place. This summer is going to be intresting.

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  72. jess

    –SANTA

    “i wish Joe D would just announce all of his trades at once already…so we can all just have one big heart attack rather than one cardiac arrest after another.”

    that was sooo funny.. i died laughin.. its kinda true tho.. yet kinda impossible.

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  73. Anonymous

    I liked Delfino, he is a great player

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  74. Ricky - Sixers4guidos

    I’m pretty suprised even if I understand Dumars’ point of view

    Expect Delfino to thrive in Toronto and become one of the best scorers coming off the bench.

    This guy is tough and can play, especially in a more offensive minded system

    curios to see what Joe Dumars – still a top #3 executive – will do next, let’s hope for you guys that you won’t regret this move, kinda like the Nazr MOhammed signing

    we’ll see

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  75. Anonymous

    i m glad to see him go. he commitede to many stupid fouls a couple of the cost them a game. for example against indian the first time chauncy got hurt. the guy took a terrible shot and he had to foul him.

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  76. Anonymous

    i never liked delfino. he could not finish easy ass layups and screwed up things on a fast break. like he would go for a flashy play when we were down by 10

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