The Detroit Pistons could have as much as $35 million available when free agency begins this summer.

How well they use it will obviously have a huge impact on the team's future.

It could also mark the final opportunity president of basketball operations Joe Dumars has to upgrade the Pistons after failing to do it when he signed free agents Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva a couple of years ago, says Drew Sharp.

"This is Dumars' last chance to get it right," Sharp writes in the Detroit Free Press. "He knows he blew it four years ago, grossly overpaying for pedestrian free agents in a futile attempt at inching open a rapidly closing championship-contending window. He also knows that the capital gained from six straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals and an NBA championship in 2004 was long since spent.

"Dumars has earned one more shot after the years of ownership and collective bargaining uncertainty. But he understands that's a window that's quickly closing as well."