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Old 07-03-2006, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default pistons no longer a title contender....

and i love it lol.....damn they lose the heart and soul of the team and get nothing in return. looks like bron bron will start to take over the east, cause all wade has is a has been shaq

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For the last six years, Ben Wallace has been the face of the Detroit Pistons. 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 deal.

A deal can't become official until July 12, when the salary cap is set for the 2006-07 season and exact contract values can be computed.

The move will come as a shock to Pistons fans who thought the chances Wallace would bolt from Detroit were slim to none.

The Pistons came out of the gate Saturday offering Wallace a whopping four-year, $48 million deal, but they told the four-time defensive player of the year that it was their final offer.

The signing clearly upgrades the Bulls' front court, albeit at an exorbitant price. The Bulls will have to use roughly $13.5 million of their projected $16.7 million in cap space to secure Wallace.

However, Wallace adds the veteran toughness and defensive presence the Bulls felt they lacked up front.

Look for the Bulls to now explore trade scenarios involving Tyson Chandler.

One potential opportunity, according to sources, is New Orleans, which is mulling a Chandler-for-P. J. Brown swap. Brown is in the last year of his contract, which would give the Bulls even more cap relief next season.

The Bulls also have explored Chandler trade scenarios with the Hawks (via an Al Harrington sign-and-trade) and the Warriors.

The move puts the Pistons in a difficult position.

They lose Wallace for nothing and don't have anything more than the $5.1 million mid-level exception to offer to potential replacements.

There are a few starting center-caliber free agents out there, such as Joel Przybilla and Nazr Mohammed, but none who can give the Pistons what Wallace did.

Instead, the Pistons may opt to beef up their backcourt and to move to a more up-tempo style with Rasheed Wallace at five and Antonio McDyess at the four.
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Old 07-03-2006, 09:47 PM   #2
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And the East sinks further into the muck.

I love it.
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:18 PM   #3
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Piston fans were not at all shocked. Rumors of Wallace leaving after this year have been swirling about for a year. We all thought he would go to Cleveland though. :)
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:35 PM   #4
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As a Bulls fan I love this signing. I love players that play the game like Ben Wallace does. With this signing I see the Bulls gunning for the 4th or 5th seed in the East next year. The Bulls will rise again. Now if they can get a true point guard. I will be more then thrilled.
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We need to find out what Detriot 'all-sports' fan Brady 12 thinks about this!

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Wow, the Baby Bulls are growing up. I think the East as a whole is done as a contender...the Heat are still going to be good, but Shaq is just about done. With the Mavs, the Spurs, and the Suns in the West I think the NBA title will be going back to the West.

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Old 07-04-2006, 02:48 PM   #7
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As a Bulls fan I love this signing. I love players that play the game like Ben Wallace does. With this signing I see the Bulls gunning for the 4th or 5th seed in the East next year. The Bulls will rise again. Now if they can get a true point guard. I will be more then thrilled.
Heinrich is more than capable of runnin the 1. They have probably the best young backcourt in the game today. Any Bulls fan should be thrilled with Kirk at the point.
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Wow, the Baby Bulls are growing up. I think the East as a whole is done as a contender...the Heat are still going to be good, but Shaq is just about done. With the Mavs, the Spurs, and the Suns in the West I think the NBA title will be going back to the West.
So are you saying that youd don't think LeBron and the Cav's are even contenders? Interesting.
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yeah kirk is a very good guard, good defender, shooter, a guess good passer haven't really seen him play a lot though. the bulls have a very good backcourt

anyway. more evdence that the pistons are no longer contenders

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nazr is good but he pump fakes 90 million times in a row, has no hands at all.
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and i love it lol.....damn they lose the heart and soul of the team and get nothing in return. looks like bron bron will start to take over the east, cause all wade has is a has been shaq
youre discounting wades killer instinct to take that final shot in a HUGE game with everything on the line. at this point in his career, if labron has that opportunity, i think he dishes off if he has a duncan or shaq type player on his team.
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