Busy Market in Motown

July 2, 2009 at 4:15 am Leave a comment

Ben Gordon

The Detroit Pistons were expected to be busy come free agency time, but perhaps not this busy.

  • Free agent shooting guard, and former Bulls’ swingman, Ben Gordon has agreed to terms with the Pistons. The deal is reported to be a hefty $55 million over five years for Gordon, who will take over and fill the loss of Allen Iverson (if that’s even considered a loss).
  • Free agent power forward, and former Bucks’ big man, Charlie Villanueva has agreed to terms with the Pistons. The deal is reported to be $40 million over five years for Villanueva, who will take over for the departing Rasheed Wallace.

What do these signings mean for other teams? Well, Gordon was definitely leaving Chi-town and Detroit was the likely suitor. No surprise there. But as for Charlie V., that leaves out at least one important team – the Cavaliers. It was reported, strongly reported, that the Cavaliers would make a serious push to try and sign Villanueva in order to get the long guy with three-point shooting ability. However, with Villanueva’s recent signing, the Cavs will likely shift their interest toward Lakers’ forward Trevor Ariza.

The Lakers’ original plan was to try their best to retain Ariza, but his agent has made it very clear that Ariza will not accept any hometown discounts of any kind. And with the $5.5 million that the Lakers reportedly offered Ariza, he is a little upset with the organization. Therefore, if he wants to go then the Cavaliers will listen. A deal should be worked out shortly.

What a great time this is for sports!

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