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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  5 responses

Joe Dumars Enjoys ‘Sense of Freedom’ from New Pistons Owner


Detroit Pistons GM Joe Dumars claims that previous team ownership had handcuffed him to a certain extent, but that he’s much happier in his job now. From the Detroit News: “Pistons president Joe Dumars always stayed quiet about the restrictions placed on him by former owner Karen Davidson. Saturday, though, he opened up a bit, after introducing rookies Brandon Knight, Kyle Singler and Vernon Macklin. It was suggested to Dumars that working for owner Tom Gores gives him a new lease on life as an executive, and he didn’t disagree. ‘Sense of freedom — that’s a good term,’ he said. ‘Listen, you do these jobs and you have to throw yourself into them completely 100 percent. You can’t do these jobs with any level of success if you’re 50 percent, 60 percent of what you can and can’t do.’ Dumars hasn’t made a trade since July 2009, the longest stretch in the league — and his longest since he was named Pistons president in 2000. After signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva two summers ago — moves that hasn’t turned out the way either side envisioned, he’s been virtually idle. Re-signing Ben Wallace to the biannual exception ($1.9 million), doing likewise with Will Bynum to a modest extension that took longer than expected, and signing Tracy McGrady to the league minimum have been his only transactions since.”

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  • MikeC.

    If the Davidsons were trying to sell the team, they likely didn’t want to make any moves that would add more payroll and make the team harder to sell. To me, it doesn’t sound like Mrs. Davidson was a meddling owner who was pulling a Dolan and trying to run the show. Dumars was probably told not to make any moves unless they were getting a superstar in the deal. That’s a pretty common mandate when teams are being sold.

  • LA Huey

    Well, after the decision to sign Gordon and Charlie V, the restrictions were probably a good thing.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^^ I was gonna say, what kind of “constraints” was he under when he signed those two. smh, Darko, BG, Charlie V, AI – Dumars seems to have had plenty of freedom to make stupid decisions. most overrated GM in the league because he got lucky betting on players nobody else liked. Which was more luck then GM skill, nobody knows how chemistry will play out. And he gets credit for it like he does.

  • LA Huey

    @nbk, still hilarious how gets a bye on Darko because they won the chip that year. Imagine how many extra chips they would have got had they grabbed Melo or Wade.

  • MikeC.

    @nbk – I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Mr. Davidson was still alive when Dumars made those signings. I’m not defending them in any way. They’re so bad I’m pretty sure Isiah was advising Joe D on those signings. With the turd sandwich of a roster they had, and no chances of improving, it’s quite likely that the cuffs were slapped on after Mr. Davidson passed and the family went into “sell this team” mode.
    @LA Huey – c’mon man, they didn’t need Melo. They had Tayshaun Prince. He’s a franchise cornerstone.

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