The Pistons got rid of one problem, but another still lingers: GM Joe Dumars. If owner Tom Gores wanted to send a loud-and-clear message of his disappointment in what the team has accomplished so far this season, he would have sent Dumars packing like he did Head Coach Maurice Cheeks.
When it comes to Dumars, enough is enough. He's had chance after chance to rebuild this team in the last 6 years, but has failed time and time again, thanks to boneheaded move after boneheaded move.
Here's a look at the notable signings, trades, and hirings Dumars has made since 2008. Most are regrettable.
Dumars moves since 2008:
2008- Hired Michael Curry as head coach (lasted 1 season –39-43 swept in 1st round).
2008- Traded Chauncey Billups & Antonio McDyess to Denver for Allen Iverson.
2008- Gave 32-year old Rip Hamilton a 3-year extension worth $34 million.
2009- Hired John Kuester as head coach (lasted 2 seasons –57-107)
2009- Signed undersized free agent SG Ben Gordon to 5-yr deal worth $55 million.
2009- Signed free agent F Charlie Villanueva to 5-yr deal worth $35 million.
2009- Traded Aaron Afflalo, Walter Sharpe & cash to Denver for a 2011 2nd round draft pick.
2010- Re-signed free agent G Will Bynum to 3-yr deal worth $10.5 million.
2011- Hired Lawrence Frank as head coach (lasted less than 2 seasons – 54-94).
2011- Re-signed 31-year old Tayshaun Prince to 4-yr deal worth $27 million.
2012- Traded Ben Gordon & future 1st round pick to Charlotte for Corey Maggette.
2013- Traded Tayshaun Prince & Austin Daye in 3-way deal that netted Jose Calderon.
2013- Signed Josh Smith to a 4-yr deal worth $54 million.
2013- Traded Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton, & Viacheslav Kravtsov to Milwaukee for Brandon Jennings (then signed Jennings to 3-yr deal worth $24 million).
2013- Hired Maurice Cheeks as head coach (lasted 50 games –21-29).
Overall record since 2008: 171-273 (.385winning % -- no winning seasons).
Attendance at the Palace has been abysmal over the last few seasons, and it won't get better unless the team fires Dumars and brings in a new GM with fresh perspectives and fresh ideas.
Mo Cheeks was given only 50 games before Gores decided he wasn't good enough. Dumars has had 14 years, and although the first portion of his tenure was excellent and he brought the Pistons the 2004 NBA title; the last portion has been a disaster, and it's long past time for Gores to realize it and make a change.