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The relationship between a very strong-willed player and a strong-willed general manager was more mentor-mentee than employee-superior, and Billups felt he was owed more by Pistons president Joe Dumars. A phone call started the process of healing. The two men wouldn’t have been sitting side by side Tuesday if the seeds of reconciliation had not been sewn. “I just needed to hear him apologize for how it went down, to kind of stand on it, and he did that,” Billups said. “As a man, I can’t do anything but respect that. “Because I had to know it was nothing personal, it was what he thought was a good business move. But we had a personal relationship. I forgave Joe for all of that and we moved forward. I’m great.” Detroit News

Bucks GM John Hammond worked under Dumars for a number of years, so a relationship is there but Dumars divulged their conversations centered on having similar pets, nothing more. “We were both talking about our dogs,” Dumars said. “That trade rumor is not true.” Detroit News

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Even with Smith, one of the most sought-after free agents on the market, Dumars said he isn’t done with his upgrades. “(We have) a lot more to do,” he said. “We don’t pretend to stand here and feel like we’ve made this move and that’s the answer. You know it’s a long road, and you need multiple talented pieces. We just went out and got one big talented piece, but by no means are we even remotely proclaiming championship contenders — we just feel like we’ve upgraded our talent.” Detroit News

English remains confident that even if the Pistons decide to part ways, he will find a landing spot. “I’m just playing. I think I’ll be in this league a long time with my ability to shoot the ball and defend,” English said. “I’m just staying in the moment, and I’ll keep playing.” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said Wednesday that no decision has been made on English’s status. Detroit Free Press

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Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Josh Smith to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “We’re pleased to welcome Josh Smith to the Pistons organization,” Dumars said. “Josh is a two-way player and we look forward to blending his talents with our young core.” NBA.com

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