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    [Booth Newspapers]


    Wallace to meet with Bulls on first day of NBA free agency
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS - Two NBA officials confirmed Friday night that Detroit center Ben Wallace, considered by most to be the top free agent available this summer, is scheduled to meet with the Chicago Bulls in Chicago today. Teams can begin negotiating with free agents today, but they can not sign players to contracts until July 12.

    The Bulls are one of the few teams that will have enough salary cap space to sign Wallace, who as an unrestricted free agent can sign with any team he wants.

    And so it begins...
     
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    [Detroit News]

    Will Ben run with the Bulls?
    Rob Parker: Clubhouse Confidential

    My moles are telling me the Pistons have one team to beat in the Ben Wallace sweepstakes: the Bulls.
    Although there are other teams interested in Wallace's services, the Bulls have made it clear they want the defending defensive player of the year and are willing to spend some big-time cash to secure him.
    That's the only way a team will pry him from the Pistons.

    Parker throws some actual numbers around...


    [Detroit Free Press]

    Big Ben sweepstakes begin
    by Krista Jahnke

    Early this morning, Ben Wallace's phone -- and that of his super agent Arn Tellem -- most certainly started ringing.

    At 12:01 a.m., Wallace was scheduled to become the highest-profile player in this summer's free agent crop, and at least one team -- the Pistons -- must have placed a call as soon as possible to see what it would take to get Wallace back.
     
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    Late news today. A nice cut on the tip of the index finger apparently is my internet achilles heel. Not being able to scroll is like washing clothes in a river or baking bread before you can make a sandwich. ;)

    [The Oakland Press]


    Big Ben won't be going anywhere
    by KEITH LANGLOIS

    It raised both red flags and eyebrows a few months back when news leaked that Ben Wallace had hired Arn Tellem, who is to agents what the sun is to the solar system.

    Maybe it shouldn't have.

    In fact, maybe Wallace hiring Tellem was the surest sign he'll be back with the Pistons.

    Keith remains my favorite columnist. An intelligent look at the reasons why Ben likely hired Arn Tellum. Excellent read.




    Wallace begins free agency today
    Only a few teams have the cap space to chase All-Star center
    By DANA GAURUDER

    AUBURN HILLS - He came here as a complete unknown.

    Ben Wallace is now one of the most recognizable names in the NBA and a sports icon in the Detroit metropolitan area. Wallace joined the Pistons six years ago from Orlando and developed into a perennial All-Star center, leading the franchise from the depths of mediocrity to the heights of a league championship in 2004.



    [Hoopsworld]


    Running with the Bulls: The Prize of Free Agency
    By Joel "Brigs" Brigham

    Now that the draft is over, all the attention in the NBA offseason can be turned to free agency. At midnight last night, teams were allowed to begin negotiating with free agents, and Carmelo and LeBron have already been offered max extensions. Of course, few teams will have more attention turned to them this summer than the Chicago Bulls, who are one of only five teams with enough cap space to make a big deal happen.

    It's always interesting to get the out of town perspective, in this case from an internet Bulls writer. Unfortunately like most rapidly published pieces (why does no one develop these stories days in advance?) it's short on science and long on hyperbole. The Bulls can only offer Ben a maximum contract length of 5 years, not 4 +2.

    [Pistons Bulletin]


    Big Ben's Bulls flirtation no slap at Pistons

    Ben Wallace may seem super human to most of us, but it's times like this when Ben is like any other working stiff trying to get the best deal he can.

    Wallace's interest in the Chicago Bulls should not be taken as a slight to Detroit. What it is is a man, well aware of his bargaining power, trying to maximize that to its fullest.

    Perhaps it's my arrogance, but why would the Bulls trade Chandler to get Wallace? What is apparent through all of this "don't take it personal" blather is that the Pistons grossly miscalculated by not pushing earlier for an extension to Wallace. Releasing him to the free market, albeit only with one serious bidder is a tactical error on the part of Detroit.

    With Chicago driving up his value, all of the pressure is on the Pistons to take a risk by either sign or pass. For the Bulls this is a win-win situation. It's eerily reminscent of what Jack "The Trader" McCloskey did to the Atlanta Hawks 17 years ago. (*link*)

    Koncak was a one hit wonder in a short playoffs. The Pistons bid his price so high that it tied the hands of the Atlanta franchise to match, basically removing a perennial playoff team from the mix of legitimate Eastern Conference contenders. The 52-30 Hawks sank to 4th, 5th and 6th place division finishes for the next 4 seasons.
     
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    There are two parties involved. If Ben had wanted an early extension he'd have made that clear. If he didn't want it, trying to force it on him would make things worse. We also don't know much about Ben's deteriorating relationship with his previous agent, Steve Kauffman. That could have killed the chance of a midseason extension.
     
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    [Minor League News: The Raw Feed]

    Sioux Falls Skyforce Watches Timberwolves and Pistons Drafts With Anticipation of New Players

    MLN Newswire - Sioux Falls, SD (June 29, 2006) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that the 2006 NBA Draft was conducted last night at Madison Square Garden in New York. While some fans were interested in the #1 overall pick, Skyforce fans were anticipating the picks of the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves, their affiliates for this coming season.
     
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    [Chicago Tribune]


    Bulls think big . . . Big Ben
    Paxson, Skiles meet with Pistons' Wallace in Detroit
    By Marlen Garcia

    John Paxson came through Saturday on his promise to think big in free agency.

    The Bulls' general manager and coach Scott Skiles visited the Pistons' Ben Wallace, the biggest name in free agency, in Detroit on the first day teams could have discussions with available players.

    Paxson declined to comment on the meeting with the 6-foot-9-inch, 240-pound defensive ace, who was expected to be the Bulls' top target as they decide how to spend about $15 million they have available under the NBA's salary cap.

    Detroit radio rumour is that the Bulls offered Wallace $15 million.



    [Booth Newspapers]


    Pistons offer Wallace 4-year, $48 million deal
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- The Detroit Pistons got the ball rolling on negotiations with Ben Wallace on Saturday, offering the unrestricted free agent a four-year contract worth $48 million.

    In presenting the proposed deal to Wallace's agent, Arn Tellum, Detroit offered Wallace a contract that would make him the highest-paid player in Pistons history.

    $12 million is less than $15 million. Over 4 years, $12 million dollars less.


    [CBS Sportsline]


    Bulls visit Big Ben; agent says 'process is just beginning'
    From the Detroit Free Press

    DETROIT -- Bulls coach Scott Skiles and general manager John Paxson wasted no time launching their bring-Ben-Wallace to-

    Agent Arn Tellem said Skiles and Paxson came to Detroit on Saturday to meet with Wallace, the Pistons' longtime center who is the brightest star on the free-agent market that opened Saturday.

    I love how reports had Ben in Chicago, and yet now it was the Bulls who came to Detroit. This is a good sign for the "keep Ben" crowd.

    Still, it's a game and an important one for the future of the Bulls and Pistons. The only clear-cut winner in this one is Ben Wallace. Sounds like he is gunna get paid. Good for him.
     
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    [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    Sixers keen on Pistons' Ben Wallace
    By Joe Juliano

    Two of the 76ers' biggest deficiencies last season were defense and rebounding, so president and general manager Billy King went after the guy who is one of the best in the NBA in both areas.

    On the first day NBA teams could negotiate with free agents, King pulled a bit of a surprise yesterday and contacted the agent for Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace, a four-time NBA defensive player of the year.
     
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    [San Jose Mercury News]

    Bulls vs. Pistons: Ben Wallace has 2 offers
    By Krista Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press

    As other NBA free agents came to quick conclusions and signed new contracts over the weekend, Ben Wallace pondered the two deals on his plate and waited to see if others would top it.

    The Pistons have offered a four-year deal worth approximately $48 million to keep their defensive-minded center in Detroit. And the Chicago Bulls, who sent coach Scott Skiles and vice president of basketball John Paxson to Detroit, have started bidding at closer to $52 million for four seasons.
     
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    [Detroit News]

    Pistons' initial offer irks Wallace
    Wallace, in an interview with The Detroit News on Sunday, said he wasn't pleased with the Pistons' initial offer.

    "It was disappointing," he said. "It was not at all what I expected."

    The Pistons' initial offer was a four-year deal starting at $11.5 million and would pay him $49.6 million over four years. It would make Wallace the highest-paid player on the team next season, eclipsing Rasheed Wallace's salary by $100,000.

    Pistons president Joe Dumars, reached by e-mail, said he didn't want to negotiate through the newspaper and declined comment.

    Wallace met with Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson and coach Scott Skiles in Detroit on Saturday. He characterized the meeting as "real good" but added that no official offer was extended.

    Reports of the Bulls offering a contract starting at $13 million or $14 million were overstated, as were reports of the Bulls offering a five-year deal.

    "I ain't looking for more than four years," said Wallace, who will turn 32 on Sept. 10.

    And so it begins. Expect lots of posturing, lots of talk and a boatload of misinformation. Apparently Chicago came and visited, but did not actually make an offer.
     
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    [Booth Newspapers]
    Pistons continue contract talks with Wallace
    AUBURN HILLS -- Contract talks between the Detroit Pistons and Ben Wallace's agent, Arn Tellem, continued on Sunday and are expected to resume today.

    The Pistons have offered Wallace a four-year deal worth about $48 million, which would make him the highest-paid player in franchise history.

    The Chicago Bulls, one of the few teams with the salary cap space to sign Wallace to a bigger contract, met with the 6-foot-9 center on Saturday. It is unclear if the Bulls offered him a contract then, but it's believed that Chicago is willing to give Wallace a multi-year deal that would average close to $15 million per season.

    [MLive.com]
    FULL-COURT PRESS: Have the Bulls offered Wallace a contract?
    Reports about Ben Wallace are popping up everywhere, and of course there is plenty of contradicting information.

    Marlen Garcia of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bulls have offered Ben a four-year deal worth, not five-years, like several stories are reporting today .... In today's Detroit News, Chris McCosky says the Bulls did not extend a formal offer.
     
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    [TrueHoop.com]
    The Battle of Big Ben
    .... This is big news in a number of ways.

    First of all, you only get to have one first priority, and for Chicago, it's clearly not Joel Przybilla or anyone else. It's Ben Wallace. (UPDATE: Portland's Kevin Pritchard was reportedly on the Przybillas' doorstep on Saturday.)

    I bet a healthy Ben Wallace himself is good for 20-30 wins over the next two years wherever he lands. In part because of his defense, but mainly because he is so fierce on the court that teammates don't dare loaf for a second. The man just needs you to play hard, and his attitude has been the bedrock of Piston basketball these last few years. He's worth a fat contract. But a long one? That's a whole different deal ...
     
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    [Toledo Blade]


    Dumars can't allow Wallace to leave Detroit
    by John Harris

    Six years later, history repeats itself for Joe Dumars and the Detroit Pistons.

    Now, as in 2000, when owner Bill Davidson placed Dumars in charge of all personnel decisions, Dumars' biggest offseason move involves retaining Detroit's star player who also happens to be a free agent.

    Ironically, Ben Wallace has been prominently involved on both occasions.


    The first rule of writing a column is to have facts straight. Philadelphia is not a team with cap space to sign Wallace. They would be interested in a sign-and-trade.
     
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    [ESPN]



    Source: Ben Wallace leaving Pistons to sign with Bulls
    By Chad Ford

    Ben Wallace has been the face of the Detroit Pistons the last five years. No more.

    A league source told ESPN.com Monday night that Wallace has told the Pistons he has accepted an offer from the Chicago Bulls.

    While exact details are unavailable, the offer is thought to be a four-year, $52 million dollar deal.
     
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    [Pistons Bulletin]

    Lindsey re-signs

    The Pistons got their first commitment of the free agency period from Lindsey Hunter, who will sign a two-year deal worth about $4.5 million. He can't sign the deal until July 12.

    Oh, it gets better for Hunter.

    When his contract is up, Hunter will also be given a position within the organization, primarily assisting president of basketball operations, Joe Dumars.

    Let the spin begin...


    Ben informs Pistons he's leaving for Bulls

    Multiple league sources confirmed Monday night that Ben Wallace was going to take Chicago's four-year, $60 million deal and leave the Pistons with nothing in return.

    His decision to leave Detroit came down to money and respect, pure and simple.

    Money and respect. Two things that can be hard to find in Detroit. Ask Chuck Daly.


    [Booth Newspapers]


    Agent says Wallace will rebuff Pistons to sign with Bulls
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- Sooner or later, the Detroit Pistons' core group of players was going to be broken up.

    That time has arrived now that Ben Wallace, one of the NBA's top unrestricted free agents, has informed the Pistons -- through his agent, Arn Tellem -- that he plans to sign a multi-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.

    Wallace's deal, which cannot be signed until July 12 -- the first day free agents can sign contracts -- will be worth about $60 million over four seasons.


    [Detroit News]


    Big Ben headed to Bulls
    by Chris McCosky

    AUBURN HILLS — Another Detroit sports icon bites the dust.

    Ben Wallace, the face, the 'fro and the foundation of the Detroit Pistons the past six years, will be wearing a Chicago Bulls uniform next season.

    "I appreciate everything Detroit did for me and my family,” Wallace said Monday night, confirming that he will sign a four-year deal with the Bulls on July 12, the first day free agents are able to sign new contracts. “They gave me an opportunity to make a name for myself and we had an opportunity to win a championship together.

    This article is [SARCASM]great[/SARCASM]. Chris McCoskey the Pistons apologist. Sorry, I feel this was a bad move and I won't apologize for feeling that way. Get rid of Ben, fine. But get something back. Don't get cheap and bow out of contention. That's wrong.
     
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    With Ben Wallace gone, whither go the Pistons?
    Gone out the window is Detroit's Offseason Plan A, which involved re-signing Wallace and adding an athletic slasher (Bonzi Wells?) with the mid-level exception. Instead, it's on to Plan B. What's that? Apparently going after Joel Pryzbilla with the mid-level exception, and then quietly waiting for the season to start. Because unless I'm seriously under-estimating the amount of wiggle room Detroit has under the salary cap, the team's hands will be tied when it comes to adding another impact free agent.

    [Chicago Tribune via MLive.com]

    Sam Smith: Wallace makes Bulls instant title contenders
    What Wallace brings is hard to find. He's a rare player in that "warrior" category who takes on the toughest players in the league with an attitude. He's more respected than liked.

    So consider the possibilities: One of the league's best defensive teams the last two seasons (the Bulls led in field-goal percentage against the last two years) gets the league's best team defender ....

    The prospects seem delicious, and it sets John Paxson on course for executive of the year and managing partner Jerry Reinsdorf again spending aggressively.

    Notice that old Sam wasn't so enthusiastic a couple of weeks ago -- when I used this article to predict that the Bulls were going to make a serious run at Ben. The guy's wrong so often, you can use it to predict the future.

    [Need4Sheed]

    Pistons Make an Offer to Joel Przybilla
    "At 9 p.m. Portland time, 7.1 Center Joel Przybilla will have a tele-conference with his agent, Bill Duffy, regarding an offer from the Detroit Pistons. This comes after former Detroit center Ben Wallace agreed in principle to a free agent contract with the Chicago Bulls. The Pistons immediately made contact with Duffy regarding Przybilla, and apparently Przybilla will strongly consider the offer from the Pistons. Reached at about 8 p.m. Portland time, Duffy said he expects Przybilla to make his decision by Tuesday morning after spending a night mulling."

    ALSO:
    Bye Bye Ben: Wallace To Sign With Bulls

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Big Ben will run with the Bulls
    According to a person close to the negotiations, the Bulls had offered something closer to four years, $60 million to bring the NBA's top defensive stopper to the Windy City.

    The deal was expected to be finalized late Monday or early today with Wallace's oral agreement. He can't sign an official contract until July 12 because of the NBA's rules on free agency.

    Either way, the news leaves the Pistons facing a tough question: What do they do now?

    DREW SHARP: Pistons wise not to match Bulls
    The Bulls' offer of four years for about $60 million -- according to the Free Press -- is financial suicide for a player with special gifts but lacking in some important areas to merit such a long-term investment. In their minds, they strengthened themselves by weakening the Pistons.

    But keeping a core intact that went to four straight Eastern Conference finals with two straight trips to the NBA Finals and a league championship in 2004 wasn't worth the financially crippling effects of matching or topping the Bulls' offer.

    Let him go. Wish him well. Thank him for the memories.

    [Yahoo! Sports]

    DAN WETZEL: The Wild, Wild East
    As bad a contract as Detroit was willing to give Ben Wallace, a guy who displayed almost no offense at all under Flip Saunders, the Pistons will rue the day they allowed Chicago to outbid them. It's not that Wallace is worth that money – he isn't. It is that with Big Ben it is the Pistons – not the aging Heat – who enter next season as the favorites in the East. There still was time to take a run at one more championship.

    Instead, Detroit won't win this year so it can be more competitive – but certainly not title worthy – in 2010 and 2011. It is my guess that fans would have traded a shot at the Finals in 2007 for losing in the first round, rather than the second, in a couple of years.

    [New York Times]

    Bulls Lure Ben Wallace from the Pistons
    Ben Wallace, the defensive player of the year and the anchor of the tough-minded Detroit Pistons, shook up the N.B.A. last night when he agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, according to two people with knowledge of Wallace's plans.

    The two people, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they cannot comment on players until the league approves all deals beginning July 12, said the Pistons were offering Wallace a four-year deal worth about $49 million.
     
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    [The Oakland Press]


    Wallace running to the Bulls
    Pistons' cornerstone agrees to four-year, $59.6 million deal to play for division rival Chicago
    By DANA GAURUDER

    AUBURN HILLS - The phrase "Fear the 'Fro" has a new meaning. All-Star Ben Wallace has joined one of the Detroit Pistons' division rivals.

    Unhappy with the Pistons contract offer, Wallace agreed to a four-year, $59.6 million contract with the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. He will make $14 million next season, with increases of 8.5 percent over the life of the contract.

    [farlane]


    NBA Comix: I’m so sad that I can’t think up a funny headline

    The headline says it all. Or most of it. Big Ben was the heart & soul of the Pistons, and now he’s gone. Stuff like that reminds you that even though you may get into the team aspect of the game, it comes down to the Benjamins in the end (insert stupid pun here).



    [San Antonio Express-News]


    UPDATED: Nazr Mohammed goes to Detroit
    by Johnny Ludden


    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich likes to joke that Tim Duncan hates being called a center. Next season, Duncan might not have much choice.

    Nazr Mohammed, who started at center during the Spurs’ 2005 championship run, left the team Tuesday after agreeing to a four-year, $25 million contract with Detroit.



    [Detroit News]


    Mohammed might fill void
    Center gets 4-year deal for $25 million, but McDyess and Davis will contend for starting role.
    by Chris McCosky / The Detroit News

    AUBURN HILLS -- The Pistons have taken a step toward restructuring their lineup after Ben Wallace's departure.

    Pistons president Joe Dumars confirmed Tuesday that an agreement had been reached with eight-year veteran center Nazr Mohammed on a four-year deal worth approximately $25 million.

    Also on Tuesday, officials confirmed that Lindsey Hunter had agreed to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million. Hunter is expected to take a job in the Pistons front office at the end of that deal.



    [Yahoo Finance]


    Wallace pumps up Bulls 2007 Championship Odds
    Sportsbook.com odds change after monster signing - Chicago's surge, Detroit's flounder

    NEW YORK, July 4 /PRNewswire/ - The Chicago Bulls are looking to rise again, stealing away Ben Wallace from the Detroit Pistons for a reported $60 million. The deal won't be finalized before the July 12th moritorium, but odds have already shifted at sportsbook.com, the world's largest online sportsbook and casino.

    The Chicago Bulls odds have improved with Wallace on the roster, leaping from 40-1 to 14-1 to win the NBA Championship in 2007. The Detroit Pistons odds have fallen from 4-1 to 8-1 with the loss of their starting center and the League's top defender.


    [WOAI]


    Przybilla Stays With Portland
    Posted By: Kori Ellis

    According to several reports, bigman Joel Przybilla has chosen to stay in Portland. Przybilla also received offers from both San Antonio and Detroit, but decided to take the 5-year, $30 million deal from the Trail Blazers.

    According to OregonLive.com, the Spurs reportedly offered a 4-year, $24 million deal. The 26-year-old spent the last two seasons with Portland.
     
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    Pistons must search for new identity

    Mike Kahn / Special to FOXSports.com

    Big Ben cashing in changes everything.

    In a startling move that promises to change the balance of power in the NBA's Eastern Conference, four-time defensive player of the year Ben Wallace has agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract with the Chicago Bulls — leaving the Detroit Pistons with a huge hole in the middle.

    The Pistons, who won the NBA championship in 2004 and lost in the seventh game of the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs in '05, lost to the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals — and Wallace's uneven play, coupled with his constant questioning of new coach Flip Saunders' offensive orientation, rapidly changed a scenario that appeared to be chiseled in stone.
     
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    [Detroit News]
    ROB PARKER: 'Business Decision' doesn't diminish Wallace's six great years
    It would be silly to be upset at Wallace for taking a four-year, $60 million deal from the Bulls. The offer made by the Pistons -- a reported $49.6 million for four years -- was respectable, but not enough.

    This was all about business, not basketball.

    "I appreciate everything that happened in Detroit," Wallace said. "Fans supported me 100 percent. They adopted me as one of their sons. I'm thankful for that."

    Is Wallace being selfish? Sure, a little. He's also being smart, landing a few million more per season than the Pistons would pay. In his departure, he reminded us how unique Yzerman truly was, able to adapt to so many coaches and so many styles.

    Basketball is different, though, harder for players to hide their age and their offensive deficiencies. I'm not saying Big Ben had to go. I'm saying he had to adapt to stay, and he seemed unwilling or incapable of doing it.

    [Detroit Free Press]
    MICHAEL ROSENBERG: There are no winners
    It's not about the money. It's about what the money represents.

    Wallace wanted affirmation that he is one of the best players in the NBA. (This is why he asked for $20 million annually to start negotiations -- a hilariously high asking price that tells you all you need to know about Ben's image of his ability.) Joe Dumars knew Ben needed that affirmation, which is why Dumars kept talking about making Ben the highest-paid player on the team and calling him the Pistons' "cornerstone." Dumars wanted Wallace to feel as loved at $48 million as he would at $60 million.
    It was a good strategy. It didn't work. And when Wallace told the Detroit News that the Pistons' offer was "disappointing" and "wasn't altogether fair," you could see the fire coming out of Bill Davidson's nose.
    [$20 million? Hard to believe. A typo, maybe?]

    New center: Mohammed to fill Big Ben's big shoes
    One day after Wallace picked a richer deal from the Chicago Bulls over another four years at a lower price in Detroit, a person with the team confirmed that the Pistons had replaced their longtime center with Mohammed, a 6-foot-10 NBA nomad. Mohammed agreed to a five-year deal that starts at the mid-level exception of $5.3 million. With an 8.5% pay increase each season, Mohammed, 28, will earn $30 million through the life of the deal, although the final year is expected to be a player option.

    [Booth Newspapers]
    Team owner Bill Davidson was among front-office officials bothered by Wallace's negative public reaction to Detroit's offer.

    In addition to angering Davidson, Wallace also upset some of his teammates, including one who said he was "shocked" that a contract that would make the 31-year-old Wallace the highest-paid player in franchise history apparently wasn't enough to convince him to return to the team he has been an integral part of for the past six seasons. Others, however, understood his position.
     
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    [Detroit News]

    Summer Pistons will start Saturday
    AUBURN HILLS -- The Pistons will have a familiar name in the backcourt during their Toshiba Vegas Summer League play, which begins Saturday.
    Rodney Billups, the younger brother of point guard Chauncey Billups, is in camp. A 5-foot-10 guard, Rodney Billups is a graduate of the University of Denver and played last season in Latvia.

    SCHEDULE
    July 8 Washington 5 p.m.
    July 10 Phoenix 9 p.m.
    July 11 New York 9 p.m.
    July 13 LA Clippers 8 p.m.
    July 14 Boston 4 p.m.

    [MLive.com]

    FULL-COURT PRESS: Ben Wallace audio notes
    Ben Wallace tells WDFN that there are multiple reasons he's heading to Chicago, but he wants to let his emotions calm before he reveals his reasoning. Ben says it wasn't about money, his teammates or his relationship with Flip Saunders, but he does mention that his role in the offense really bothered him.

    Notes are paraphrased ...

    [Booth Newspapers]

    Plain and simple, Wallace took the higher-paying job
    For six years, we watched Ben Wallace do some pretty amazing things, the kind of things that made us feel as though he was different from everyone else.

    As we found out Monday night, he's really not that different than the guy making minimum wage who wants a job with better pay, or the corporate executive who takes a similar position with a higher-paying rival company.

    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Uncork the forks: Pistons will be alright
    No doubt, this is an offseason of flux, but it is not the end. All is not lost. The team's most recognizeable face was arguably it's third or fourth most valuable player. And while the Pistons will not be title favorites next season after this past postseason debacle, they should still have enough to finish significantly higher than many expect. And, bonus, there's now plenty of room on the Blue bandwagon. Hop on now to reserve the prime "I told you so"-seats come next season.

    But leave those silly-ass fake 'fros and inflatable Bens behind.

    [Need4Sheed.com]

    Ben Wallace Talks: Video
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    Good Times, Ain't We Lucky We Got 'Em
    Sure this is not the Pistons team that we have all grown to love. Of course Nazr is no Ben Wallace, but this is how professional basketball is played, on and off the court. I can see the light at the end of this tunnel. Carlos Delfino is going to see some serious court time, get his confidence up and show Flip that he, instead of Evans was the go to guy. Jason Maxiell is about to see what the NBA is really all about and I think he's ready. Amir Johnson might even get a chance to play some minutes and show us what he can do. I am looking toward the future and right now it looks bright.

    [Chicago Daily Herald]

    Pros and cons of Bulls' big move
    So now Wallace is a Bull, with an official signing due July 12, while Chandler appears headed to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for veteran power forward P.J. Brown and third-year shooting guard J.R. Smith.

    Adding Wallace was a bold move, without question. But was it smart to give up on the 23-year-old Chandler while paying Wallace an average of $15 million per season? Let the debate begin.

    [Sporting News]

    Different in Detroit could make the Pistons better
    Losing Wallace means Detroit will have to alter its personality, but fact is, the Pistons were changing personalities anyway. Defense had been the Pistons' calling card for the previous four years under coaches Rick Carlisle and Larry Brown. Under Flip Saunders, though, the Pistons were more offensive-minded during their cruise through the regular season. It was only in the playoffs that they seemed to lose their way, becoming a confused muddle of the defensive team they had been and the offensive team Saunders made them.
     
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