Who made the worst move this year?? Since we can look back now, who should have gone after another FA or who should have looked for another team to trade with??
My top 2:
Raptors and Hedo - When I saw this I was blown away. I couldnt believe they were offering him All-Star money even though he was 30 or 31 and had only played in 1 All-Star game if any. Now they are stuck with him for the next 2 or 3 years. If they needed a SF why didnt they go for a young guy or two and see how they turn out. Oh well, its easy to look back....
Celtics and Wallace - When I saw this happen, honestly, I was like "Damn, now they are going to be unstoppable in the post." Turns out, i was wrong. I dont know if playing behind Garnette made Wallace play bad, I dont know if it was the expectations placed on him or if he just thought he could take it easy now but something happened. He isnt the player they thought they were getting.
Who are yours?
Ide say the Pistons Bringing in Charlie and Ben Gordon. Not only did they over pay for two bench players, but completely threw all possibilities of signing a big time free agent this summer. And if im not mistaken they were one of the teams in the hunt for Bosh.
Pistons signing Gordon and Villanueva... LOT of money locked into now role-players.
And if this counts:
Knicks passing on Brandon Jennings for Jordan Hill.. The Knicks biggest problem is no viable point gaurd, Jennings would have been the perfect fit and may have helped lure LeBron..
I was going to put the Pistons at 3. They spent enough money to sign someone next year to a max deal and probably could have won just as many games without those 2 guys.
i sound like a broken record for calling out dumars but i'll say it again. He threw 10 mill a year at ben gordon just months after extending rip hamilton for a few more years at 12 mill a seaosn. Then with no inside presence other then maxiell, he threw 7 mill a year at charlie v who is a soft perimter oriented big man. He used up his cap space a year early and now he has to sit there and watch this summer from the side lines while he chauncey billups make another run at a title on another team. Dumars is on fire.
The hedo deal looks sorry right now too.
PISTONS no doubt
The Pistons made the worst decision BY FAR in signing Ben Gordon and (in a larger part) Charlie Villanueva. They were set to have a bunch of money for this upcoming summer's free agent class, but instead decided to spend a ton of their cap room on two players who are bad fits for the team and their personnel. They already had Rip Hamilton at the 2 (with a monstrously overpaid contract) and Rodney Stuckey gets a lot of time at the 2 when Will Bynum is in, so it's hard for Gordon to really find time or shots he needs to be effective. And Villanueva has just been horrible this year for them. He's got an attitude problem, doesn't really play well for their system, and is a stretch forward (and with Austin Daye doing the exact same stuff he does and Tayshaun Prince playing at the 3 he doesn't start or get a ton of time). So these two players the Pistons signed help me say they easily made the worst offseason move this past season.
the biggest thing about the pistons that blew my mind, was that they traded away billups(their best player) and i figured okay they want to rebuild and start over. But then they gave rip a huge contract extension just a month later which made no sense.
If they are not gonna rebuild, then why on earth did they get rid of billups? If they are rebuilding, then why are they throwin a big extension to a 32 year old rip? Which is it Joe?
Billups was the better player, leader, and in all honesty, if you had to choose between a franchise point guard or shooting guard who are equally skilled, just about anybody would take the point (and I'm not saying Hamilton or Billups are franchise cornerstones, just saying that a point guard is more valuable). And since in return for Billups they essentially rented Allen Iverson for the year, it was just a horrible loss on the Pistons side. Billups is helping lead Denver to a likely high seed in the West and Allen Iverson is struggling with alcoholism and gambling problems while not playing at all. Seems like Detroit really messed this one up to me.
PS: Did anybody just see Rasheed Wallace put a missed shot into the bucket while trying to rebound it and NOBODY was on him!?!? Seeing that play alone almost makes me want to take back what I said about the pistons and put Wallace and the Celtics into the the worst spot.
I'm pretty sure they gave Rip the extension before they traded Billups....I remember reading after that he said he would have never signed an extension if he knew Billups wasn't going to be there...
...I was really hoping they were going to deal Rip and Tayshaun for expiring contracts and picks, but no dice...I feel bad for those guys...they were on a contending team year in and year out for most of the decade, now they are stuck on a team with no future.
People in Chicago were crying real tears last summer...."How can you get rid of BG????".....he wanted too much money....and he got what he wanted.....Joe Dumars is a total sucker.....most overrated GM in the league....
BG is the worst defender in basketball....he could average 50 ppg and he wouldn't be worth it.....
fastdan, rip signed the extension after they traded billups. Rip complained about coming off the bench when iverson first showed up and dumars gave him the extension in january to help ease his mind that they were not giving up on him as a part of their future.
pistons wouldnt have been that bad of a move except theyre 5 year deals... thats a long time...
its so awesome that Ben Gordon is someone elses problem now.....Dumars always does things so hastily....like the world is going to end tomorrow or something....
Nets by a LOOOONG shot.. First of all, you give up Carter, he's a 20ppg a night guy. You also gave up Ryan Anderson and if you've watched him, he has what it takes to be the next better rebounding Rashard Lewis. What did the Nets get? Courtney Lee, Mr. Inconsistent. Not only that, they also got Rafer Alston who they dropped eventually. Tony Battie? Who the hell is Tony Battie?
They went from 34-48 and barely missing the playoffs.
to what is it 12-68... They aren't even rebuilding! They just can't play.
i think you are wrond dwade. Carter is not a part of the plans and he is making close to 20 mill a year. They have money available because of that trade as well as the fact that vince being gone means less wins which means a better draft pick. It would have been nice to have kept andersen, but i have no problems with them blowing it up. With youth, picks and money and zero bad contracts, they are in a great spot for the future, somehting vince would have hurt.
Hmm... True. I never looked at it that way.
gotta be the Piston's with those off the wall signings... how was all these scorers supposed to thrive when your "star" PG is much better when looking to score??? I guess Joe D felt he had to make a splash in FA after the Billups/Iverson trade blew up in his face.
Detroit better pray for ping-pong balls...
I thought and still do think that was a good trade for both teams....honestly, how much would Carter have helped the Nets this year????
probably 10 more wins. Thank you Hedo for not choosing Portland.
More importantly how many less pingpong balls would Jersey have now...