Gordon, Villanueva fill holes for Detroit
The Pistons moved quickly and signed two of the best free agents available
Updated: July 2, 2009, 12:40 PM ETBy John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe additions of Villanueva from the Bucks and Gordon from the Bulls give Detroit a different look.Carlos Boozer wasn't worth the money he sought, the team had only two alternatives with its $20 million trove of cap space: Move quickly to sign the next-best players available, or hold the money for next year and try again. This option was probably the more prudent strategy, for a couple of reasons. First, Detroit got two young players, which is important. Today's reported agreements with Gordon for five years and $55 million, and Charlie Villanueva for five years and $40 million, would be hugely risky with veteran players in their late 20s. But since Gordon is only 26 and Villanueva is only 24, the Pistons limited their risk.