Ed Stefanski Rumors
Rod Beard: #Pistons Ed Stefanski: “This is a plan. We’re not going at warp speed because we don’t have the flexibility to go warp speed. Would I want to go warp speed? Yes. We have to make good decisions. We can’t bring in players that we’re not sure of on pretty expensive contracts.”
Rod Beard: Senior adviser Ed Stefanski on #Pistons Wired podcast: “I will tell the fans I’m not going to make a deal that could hurt us going forward that could be instant relief but could be only for this season and then we could have issues going forward. That makes no sense to me.”
Rod Beard: Senior adviser Ed Stefanski on #Pistons Wired podcast on whether they’re buyers or sellers at the deadline: “Neither. We’re in a hold (position).” He said he’ll likely wait until the trade deadline on Feb. 7 to make a decision.
DFP: Going into trade season, what are you trying to get accomplished? Ed Stefanski: “We as a front office, we talk to the league on a regular basis, finding out from teams what their philosophy may be right now, but the thing is, it always changes. A lot of teams — trying to make the playoffs — will wait to see where they are at the trade deadline in February to discern whether they are buyers or sellers. The majority of teams are waiting. Teams that are struggling mightily may be sellers right now and if there’s a deal out there, they’ll pull the trigger, but like every year, more trades are going to occur closer to the deadline.”
DFP: Besides the obvious issue of creating a future problem to solve a current one, can you further explain the reluctance to create a better cap situation at all costs? Ed Stefanski: “We’re in cap restrictions right now. We were this past free agency and we will be again the next free agency. If we had to get off assets for cap relief, with our cap situation it really wouldn’t improve more than what we already have — the midlevel exception — for next year. We wouldn’t improve substantially so to use assets to get off some of the contracts you may want to get off — I’m not saying we want to — but to do something like that? It still wouldn’t create a lot of room.”