Great post, Laimbrane. I'm still waiting for someone to tell me which players the Pistons could have picked up instead of paying Prince and Stuckey. I agree that they're overpaid, but WHO, specifically would you have targeted? It appears to me that Joe looked at back-court players in the upcoming draft and free agency, and decided that he would have a hard time doing any better than Stuckey. I kind of agree with him. Even if there is a player who could be an improvement, there's no reason why that player would want to come to Detroit, other than money. Then we'd be talking about how Joe overpaid on THAT guy. As for the players who we missed out on, what is the name of is this young rebounder/shot blocker who Joe passed on in order to sign Stuckey and Prince? What is the name of is this young, stud wing who Joe passed on in order to sign Stuckey and Prince? Just because we need a certain kind of player doesn't mean that it was possible to acquire him. It's the same kind of defective thinking that Lee uses to evaluate our roster. It's the same as the erroneous belief in that whatever the team currently lacks is available on the bench. It's the belief that all of our problems stem from players not "being used correctly by an idiot coach". "We wouldn't be so bad if our idiot GM just acquired the right players!", Pistons fans scream. It's the same thinking that led Lions fans to believe that the best quarterback on the team was the one not playing. Lions backup quarterbacks were the most popular players in town for decades, even though they sucked even worse than the guy stinking it up on the field. It's the same thinking that Lions fans use when they demand that the organization draft a certain player in order to "Fill a need". Well, if that player isn't better than what you've already got, then you haven't "filled a need" by simply drafting a guy who plays a position of need. It's my understanding that Stuckey's contract isn't fully guaranteed. If he severely under-performs, then we can get out early, or trade him to someone seeking to shave payroll. Prince's contract will be an asset in it's final year. It takes a couple of years to rebuild, unless you get insanely lucky, and we're stuck in the middle of it. Other than swinging and missing on Chucky G and Gordon, I'm not sure anything we could have done over the last few years could have saved us from this.