Theo’s Back? Dumars to sign Ratliff

by | Feb 28, 2008 | 15 comments

Looks like Dale won’t make it back after all.

“The Minnesota Timberwolves placed veteran center Theo Ratliff on waivers Thursday night and have agreed to buy out the remainder of his $11.6 million contract.

If Ratliff clears waivers in the next 48 hours-which is almost a given with his salary-he will sign with the Pistons for the prorated amount of the veteran’s minimum ($1.3 million).

Ratliff, 34, was drafted by the Pistons in 1995. He has only played 12 games the last two years, but he is healthy now.” Via The Detroit News

I haven’t followed Ratliff in a couple of years, but I aways liked him when he was with the Pistons. He’s had his ups and downs, but he’s got a sold game and can rebound and block shots like nobody’s business. A true center that may not have the bulk that Davis does, but if he’s healthy he’s a nice insurance policy for Detroit. A definite upgrade in my eyes to Brezec, who hustled, but didn’t fit well in Detroit’s system.

Thanks to Sonia and Team Need4Sheed for making sure we are always in the know even before I can post it.

OT: Please take a second and VOTE for Detroit’s Children’s Hospital a click goes a long way for Sickle Cell. Let’s do this, Detroit’s a bit behind Houston and voting ends tomorrow.


  1. rbaan

    honestly i like this pick up, its always good to have veteran big men in the playoffs, theo still is a great rebounder and shot bocker

  2. Anonymous

    wow has to sit when he comes to the team? I know he will bring the playoff exp. but who will amir? walter? dixon? when lindsay plays in the playoffs who sits then? also when the pistons win do the other 3 players who are inactive get a ring as well or do just the active 12 who play in the final game? I ask this becasue i am sure there will be a few sitches where one guy might be active one gme or series and be inactive another.

  3. rbaan

    Amir is going to be great and i hope he keeps getting minutes all season long, but theres a chances he wont be fully read for grind out playoff ball yet so instead of having him in for 10 mins in the east finals theo will probably get those minutes, amir is growing rapidly you never know maybe he’ll be evn better by then but i think its a great pick up, theo is always ready to come in and play though D and rebound

    Joes a Genius

  4. lavinius

    Great move by Joe D waiting for another big to come available. Theo has more blocks than New York City.

  5. mannie32

    yea so random… i was watching the spurs game and dug collins mentioned dale davis signed with the pistons… and i thought he meant expected to sign, but he said signed.. so i went on to find out if it was made official and find out we’re signing someone entirely different haha… now doug collins looks stupid… lawl

  6. dirge

    Theo Ratliff is an upgrade over Dale Davis. I predict he’ll be more of an insurance policy than eat up Amir’s minutes, but Amir is foul prone and still developing. Theo is a great signing, along with Walter Hermann and Juan Dixon. This is the best bench Detroit has had since ’04, without a doubt–young, but with a few key veterans to help fortify the team.

    Bring on those playoffs!

  7. Natalie

    lavinius said…

    Theo has more blocks than New York City.


    Joe D did the Pistons a big service by waiting this one out.

  8. kyle c.


  9. Anonymous

    hey nat I think yu should make the childrens hospital link at thetop of the page, I know this is a pistons site but detroit is not fare from behind huston to take to lead… I am not from the usa but i will vote everyday for yous guys that are

  10. Amber

    Theo’s birthday is a day after mine. I like him already.

    I voted for the Children’s Hosptial. We’re approximately 1% behind Houston! Hopefully Detroit wins.

  11. World of Isaac

    Thanks for posting the link Nat…hopefully, people who see it will vote

  12. Richard

    wouldn’t be a possibility that houston rockets might sign him or/and offer him more money and minutes to play, now that yao is out. joe should make a move asap.

  13. dreckka

    This possible signing brings the pistons one step closer to a championship good move Joe D I like it a lot you did your job….

    Now all they have to do is fix rotation goofs, backside defensive
    awareness, and offensive execution problems when pressured and they’ll win it all…

    (i.e. the coaches must step up the remainder of the season and focus on fundamentals)

    In clearer terms they have along way to go before they get out of the east and possibly get to the finals and win it all period….

  14. DetroitGirl4life

    TOO MANY DECISIONS TO MAKE!!!!!!! GOSH I LOVE IT. WHEN I THOUGHT OF THEO RATLIFF I THOUGHT OF AL JEFFERESON AND JUST JuMPED!!!! I WAS LIKE OMG WE GOT A DOUBLE-DOUBLE GUY. But then i thought of his name and remembered what they said, but it’s cool i like this Theo Ratliff guy anyways so either one would have been fine 😀 but yeah i’m even more excited about this guy :d

    LET’S GO PISTONS AND LET’S GET THAT SHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2007-2008 IT’S OUR TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ALL BOUT DETROIT BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. chris22cowan17

    Theo Is Great But Look Him Up On Youtube He Has A thousand Vids If Him Getting Dunked On. LOl


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