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Pistons agree to terms with Gordon, Villanueva

The Pistons didn't waste much time, signing Gordon and Villanueva to long-term deals Wednesday.

The Pistons didn't waste much time, signing Gordon and Villanueva to long-term deals Wednesday.

Joe Dumars took another huge step towards completely overhauling the Detroit Pistons roster Wednesday by signing two of the better free agents in the relatively weak 2009 class.

Multiple sources are reporting the Pistons have signed Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.  The duo spent one season as teammates at UConn and figure to move into the starting lineup next season in Detroit.

Gordon reportedly is getting a five-year, $55 million deal from the Pistons.  Dumars evidently believes B.G.’s dynamic scoring ability outweighs his two glaring weaknesses: shot selection and defense.

The arrival of Gordon will likely single the end of Rip Hamilton’s tenure in the Motor City.  The Pistons will try to move the 31 year-old Hamilton to obtain a big man.  Carlos Boozer and Chris Kaman are the most likely targets.

Villanueva is expected to sign a five-year, $35 million deal.  The three-year pro enjoyed a breakout season in 2008-2009, averaging 16.2 ppg and 6.7 rpg in 78 games with the Bucks.

The Pistons could use the 6’11” Villanueva at either forward position.  Tayshaun Prince could be moved this offseason to acquire additional frontcourt depth.

It remains to be seen if this deal will help improve the Pistons.  Rodney Stuckey and Gordon will be one of the smallest backcourts in the NBA.  Gordon had a tendency to make Derrick Rose disappear last season by dominating the ball, it seems reasonable to expect the same with Stuckey.  Villanueva is one of the more underrated players in the NBA.  His tendency to drift (and twitter) during games drove Bucks coach Scott Skiles nuts.

Joe Dumars now turns his attention to finding a coach.  Doug Collins and Avery Johnson are the most likely candidates.

Stay tuned for more free agent news.

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Xavier Henry upholds commitment to KU

Henry is sticking with Kansas despite rumors he considered a late switch to Kentucky.

Henry is sticking with Kansas despite rumors he considered a late switch to Kentucky.

The circus surrounding Xavier Henry finally appears to be over.  Tuesday night, Henry reaffirmed his commitment to Kansas by texting a Sports Radio show, “I’m goin to Kansas and that’s final.”

Comments made by Carl Henry, the father of Xavier and C.J. Henry, triggered speculation Xavier was considering backing out of his commitment.  His comments also went along way towards making himself and his family look foolish.

Now that the dust has settled, Xavier and C.J. will most likely suit up for the Jayhawks next fall.  Despite saying he wanted to play with his brother, there is still a chance C.J. could go elsewhere given the Jayhawks’ crowded backcourt.  He’s not better than Sherron Collins, no matter what daddy says.

Kansas is absolutely loaded and is my early pick to win the Final Four next year.  Bill Self will need to manage minutes closely to keep everybody happy.

Complete list of 2009 free agents

Gordon is expected to sign with the Pistons.

Gordon is expected to sign with the Pistons.

With free agency getting underway last night, several teams are making aggressive pitches for players. The Pistons is in talks with Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Boston is targeting Rasheed Wallace and Anthony Parker. Looking to replace Yao, Rockets GM Daryl Morley is after Marcin Gortat. Portland desperately wants an upgrade at the point and is expected to make a run at Andre Miller. The Grizzlies are preparing to offer David Lee a huge contract, forcing the Knicks to match the offer or lose Lee.

Here is a complete list of the 2009 free agent class. Players who have declined to opt out of current contracts (i.e. Carlos Boozer and Eddie House) are not listed.

Atlanta Hawks

Restricted: Josh Childress, Thomas Gardner, Othello Hunter, Solomon Jones, Mario West, Marvin Williams

Unrestricted: Mike Bibby, Flip Murray, Zaza Pachulia

Boston Celtics

Restricted: Big Baby Davis, Leon Powe

Unrestricted: Stephon Marbury, Mikki Moore

Charlotte Bobcats

Restricted: Raymond Felton, Cartier Martin, Sean Singletary

Unrestricted: Juwan Howard, Sean May

Chicago Bulls

Restricted: Aaron Gray

Unrestricted: Ben Gordon, Jerome James, Lindsey Hunter

Cleveland Cavaliers

Unrestricted: Anderson Varejao, Lorenzen Wright, Joe Smith, Wally Szczerbiak

Dallas Mavericks

Restricted: Ryan Hollins

Unrestricted: Brandon Bass, Devean George, Gerald Green, Jason Kidd, James Singleton

Denver Nuggets

Restricted: Linas Kleiza

Unrestricted: Chris Andersen, Anthony Carter, Dahntay Jones, Johan Petro

Detroit Pistons

Unrestricted: Kwame Brown, Walter Herrmann, Allen Iverson, Antonio McDyess, Rasheed Wallace

Golden State Warriors

Restricted: Rob Kurz, C.J. Watson

Houston Rockets

Unrestricted: Von Wafer, Ron Artest, Dikembe Mutombo

Indiana Pacers

Restricted: Jarret Jack, Josh McRoberts

Unrestricted: Maceo Baston, Marquis Daniels, Stephen Graham, Rasho Nesterovic

L.A. Clippers

Restricted: Alex Acker, Steve Novak

Unrestricted: Ricky Davis, Fred Jones, Brian Skinner

L.A. Lakers

Restricted: Shannon Brown

Unrestricted: Trevor Ariza, Lamar Odom

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