So right now, we have no idea if Dumars is going to swing a trade, but assuming the rookies sign for standard salaries (4 years for Pope at 120% scale and 2 for Mitchell at minimum), all indications are that the team will be as follows: PG: Billups, Knight, Bynum SG: Stuckey, Pope, Singler SF: Smith, Datome, Jerebko, Middleton PF: Monroe, Villanueva, Mitchell C: Drummond, Krav Unsigned pick: Siva Added: Smith, Billups, Pope, Mitchell, Datome Lost: Calderon, Maxiell, English, Maggette Coaches added: Maurice Cheeks, Rasheed Wallace Approximate Cap space used: $56.75 million Approximate Cap space available: $1.9 million Cap allocated for 2014: $40.9 million (12 signed) Cap allocated for 2015: $25.7 million (5 signed) I think it's been a successful offseason so far. On paper, the team has more overall talent than it did last year, and they've left themselves space for a big signing (or a Monroe extension) next year, as well. I like bringing Sheed as a coach, and I think this is a really DEEP team that should be relatively protected from injuries. Additionally, they've left themselves some space for next year to shore up any weaknesses and/or extend Monroe. Long-term, this is the best I've felt about the Pistons in awhile. I have two major concerns, however. The first is over Cheeks, who hasn't been successful at anything other than developing guards. Maybe that's what they need - if Cheeks can turn Knight into a good PG, then the team might just run itself. However, I do NOT want to see this team mired in mediocrity for the next seven seasons because they're overpaying and underutilizing their talent pool, repeatedly losing in the first round of the playoffs, and watching a string of late-lottery picks develop into a team full of backups. If Cheeks can teach this team to WIN, then I'm all for it. .500 ball is the worst, however. The second issue is their inefficiency offensively. While the team has some good weapons defensively, they are not going to score a lot of points because they don't shoot the three well and are not a good free throw shooting team. My big fear is that this is going to be some ugly basketball. While I'm all for winning and everything, I do like to see the ball put into the bucket on occasion, and unless Monroe develops a mid-range jumper, Drummond becomes a decent free throw shooter, and Smith keeps his shooting to only from the post or from the three, then this is going to be a travesty to watch. I hope Cheeks has the balls to bring Monroe off the bench. I mean, I like the guy, but a lineup of Billups/Pope/Datome/Smith/Drummond looks much more balanced to me than a lineup of Billups/Pope/Smith/Monroe/Drummond. Sure, there are times when you want all three bigs at the same time, but if Smith is as good in the post as we're hearing, I want that floor spread. But I digress... what do you guys think of this offseason (so far), and do you think the Pistons are headed in the right direction?