As long as he doesn't care too much about his image and other bs he doesn't need to save himself or be saved.
If Dwight returns to form and the Rockets win a championship or two, his trials and tribulations of the recent past will be water under the bridge. All he has to do is win baby, just win. Sports clichés are handy at times.
Well two of my fav fa's are off the board:
Aminu $3.7m 1 yr
Wright $6m 2 yrs
So Aminu signed a one year extension and next summer he will be a UFA. Don't lose hope yet Matt.
According to Woj, Josh Smith just signed with the Pistons:
My guess is this means the Pistons wouldn't give up positive assets for Gay.
It also means that the top wings (Iggy and Smith) are now off the market. Should open up the offers for Gay if Ujiri is considering moving him.
The Rockets were after him. I wonder why he picked the Pistons over playing with his childhood friend in Houston?
Pistons were knocking on his door at 12:01 July 1st as well. He might have liked the attention.
Either way, I don't care what the Pistons say about Smith/Monroe/Drummond playing together, it isn't going to work for more than a few minutes at a time.
The only distance threat on that team now is Knight (and threat is used loosely) and KCP (who has never played an NBA game).
Rudy Gay for Greg Monroe + Rodney Stuckey + 2014 2nd round pick?
lose 5 Million off cap and for a year shorter (21Mil altogether), while filling our holes and taking a draft pick. Albeit we created a hole at SF, but signing Carlos Delfino for the MLE would settle the hole neatly for a while.
Release a bad contract (Stuckey), and trade for a quasi-Star player that would fit much better next to Smith. Gay - Smith - Drummond will tear opposing front courts UP.
I would expect Detroit would want us to take Villaneuva as well (which I would do in a heartbeat if it meant wrangling a future #1 out of them, maybe 2016). We could also potentially move DeMar to the 3.
Pistons finished year at 105.6 DefRtg.
Season opener to January 31st (Calderon trade) they were 103.6 (basically middle of the league).
Monroe finished the year 105 DefRtg.
Season opener to January 31st (Calderon trade) he was 102.7.
(All above stats from stats.nba.com)
Looking at his career, (stats from Basketball-Reference.com):
he has improved his defensive win share every year in the league (1.9, 2.7, 3.2). Not sure what it would have looked like prior to Calderon trade.
**BTW not taking any shots at Calderon here. Just know that the Pistons defense really collapsed after that trade**