It’s great to see the Pistons could come to terms with Antonio McDyess. Night-in and night-out, Dyess is one of the most consistent players on the team. I really believe he should have got some more votes for 6th man of the year. Hopefully the Pistons can make a better run at the title in the weak east. With all the main pieces coming back, the Pistons should try and strengthen up the bench. Sure, they got some great draft picks with loads of potential, but this team isn’t looking to rebuild right now, they want a ring! They really needed Grant Hill or Mo Pete.
Speaking of Mo Pete, he decided he’d get the most playing time with New Orleans. For a while, it seemed like he was bound for Utah, but apparently not. I really believe Mo would have been a great fit for the Jazz, and could have been that final guy they needed to push them into the finals. Mo Pete still has a lot of gas left and is capable of being a consistent shooter on a nightly basis. He started to diminish in Toronto, and luckily, he got out there! In New Orleans, he joins Chris Paul and co. Even with Mo Pete, these guys are a long way away from being contenders. They are a team that really should have been looking to make a big move in this off-season, if playoffs were on their mind. At least Mo Pete will finally get the playing time he deserves. Sorry Toronto fans, Mo Pete is gone!
July 9, 2007
Amongst some of the top sought after free-agents left in the pool is Morris Peterson. A lot of talks have sparked, but Mo isn’t ready to just dive into a team yet. The one team that seems to have the best chance is the Utah Jazz. Why I say this? Firstly, with Derek Fisher leaving, there is a large gap in the roster, even for someone to start at shooting guard. After being practically benched in Toronto over the past season, Mo Pete will be looking to get starter like minutes with whoever he signs with. Why not be a starter with a Western conference contender? Who wouldn’t want to be one? I surely would love to take the vacancy, but between school and a girlfriend, who has time these days? If you actually look at what Mo has to say about the Jazz, he appears to be quite interested, and almost enthusiastic about joining the team. He was quoted saying:
“But their style reminds me of Michigan State.” Well hey! That’s is just the place where Mo and the Spartans won the national championship. That was probably the last time he was the go-to guy. He loved coming off those screens to take a jump shot. Now that he has NBA experience, why wouldn’t the Jazz want a guy like that coming off their screens, hitting all those shots? They certainly would! The only drawback as to why he might not sign with the Jazz is money. New Orleans, who seems to be the other top contender for Mo Pete’s services, could potentially wave more money in front of him. They could also promise him more minutes. The one thing they can’t promise is contender status. Since Mo isn’t that old yet ( only 29 ), he might be looking for the money. When all is said and done, I still see Mo heading west to the Jazz. It would be an intelligent move on his part, and would be setting himself up for a title run. This is one guy I will be anxiously awaiting to see where he lands when all the players can officially be signed, on Wednesday. Only 2 days to go…
Is there anything this guy can’t do?