April 06, 2010
In a move eerily reminiscent of the 2000 Chicago Bulls clearing cap space, only to acquire Ron Mercer and Brad Miller(notes), the Detroit Pistons made a free agency "splash" last summer. After clearing several million dollars off their cap, the Pistons signed Charlie Villanueva(notes) and Ben Gordon(notes) to enormous contracts. Whoops.
Just like the 2000 Bulls, it hasn't worked out too well. Gordon has had his worst season in six years as a pro, and Villanueva recently earned his first DNP-CD since 2008. As he so often does, he took his frustrations to Twitter.
It is so going down in Detroit. I don't know what exactly, but it's most definitely going down.
It's been a tough year for the Pistons, and from the looks of this, it's going to be a minute before things get better. Having two of your young, presumably core, players upset with a rookie head coach isn't exactly a situation that fixes itself.
Then again, maybe this is just a viral marketing scheme to get more followers. I'm on to you guys.