Did the Pistons reneg on a draft promise?

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  1. mikhail1973

    mikhail1973 All-Star Administrator 1x Fantasy Champion

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    According to M-Live and Boston Herald, Pistons promised Pruitt to take him in the 1st round. I don't even remember his name coming up in the discussions.

    Did the Pistons reneg on a draft promise? - Detroit Pistons Full-Court Press - MLive.com
     
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    lemonpen First Round Draft Pick

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    I've been waiting for this to happen.
     
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    mikhail1973 All-Star Administrator 1x Fantasy Champion

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    Why? You've heard something before?
     
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    lemonpen First Round Draft Pick

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    Nah. I've wondered what kind of consequences and repercussions there might be. Frankly I think draft promisses are laughable, even though they may be taken seriously.
     
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    You always wonder about gentlemans agreements, winks and nods during this process. Of course it is contingent upon that player still being available after the obvious thorobreds are taken with the early picks.

    The Pistons made that agreement with Stuckey, and the questioni is if Al Thorton had stiil been there at 15, would they have punked Stuckey and took Thorton??? I know Zeke had a an agreement with the guy from DePaul and he held up his part of the bargain.

    As indicated, it could have been the agent who told Pruitt that the Pistons were going to pick him and Joe never even gave him that impression.
     
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    lurker First Round Draft Pick

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    This is probably a stupid question, but I'm going to ask anyway, because I really don't know...

    Why would any team promise to pick a certain player? What would a team stand to gain by doing that?
     
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    I can't believe Joe would not back up a promise. It seems like he places a high value on honoring his word.

    I think Pruitt's agent probably stretched the truth and it's making Joe look bad.

    I feel bad for the guy getting all sweaty and anxious...that happens to me a lot....but I don't think Dumars is to blame.
     
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    You could promise say a #20 pick and the pick sort of cancels workouts. the prospect becomes less desirable to another team but since he knows you will pick him he goes for a sure thing.
     
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    Hmmm....

    Team: If you cancel all your other workouts so the teams that pick ahead of us can't find out more about you, we promise that we'll pick you and you won't have to worry about falling any lower than us in the draft.

    Player: Great idea, I'll go ahead and make myself less desirable to the teams that pick earlier.


    I'm wondering if some of the alleged promising is driven by agents wanting to place their clients with specific teams, and using whatever leverage they have to make it happen.
     
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    Maybe it was Lindsey Hunter who promised him, after all, the whole player coach thing..............
     
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    I think the poor kid was maybe a bit too naive and got confused when Lindsey told him he would hook him up.
     
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    There was talk about draft promises last season on this forum I believe. I don't understand them either.

    What do the teams possibly have to gain from it?

    If the player is available at the spot, great, take him. But what if someone you like better that you didn't expect to be there lands in your lap? Do you pass up on him because you made an agreement with someone you like less? In that case, why make the promise in the first place????
     
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    I think this kid should just be happy he got drafted at all. For whatever reason the Pistons did not take him. Just leave it at that. Go to Boston and work hard to show Detroit what they missed out on if this story is even true.
     

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