After my ranting and raving about why Dumars didn't choose CD-R or DeAndre Jordan, I did some research on why this happened. It didn't take long to find an answer, as this quote comes from today's Detroit News (my emphasis):
This earns a major WTF? Most draft predictions had CDR going in the 22-30 range -- nowhere near the lottery. I can't believe you'd turn down a chance to work out for a championship-caliber team. And for what? I don't get it.
"That said, you should know that Douglas-Roberts was never an option for the Pistons, and the fact that he fell to No. 40 in the draft was like a reality check from the basketball gods. The Pistons were the first team to call him. Even before official workouts began, the Pistons asked Douglas-Roberts, a kid from Detroit, if he wanted to begin his workouts with them.
He refused. They asked him again the Monday of draft week if he wanted to conclude his workouts with the Pistons. He refused again.
Douglas-Roberts got some bad advice. He thought he would be picked a lot higher than No. 29. Instead, by refusing to work out for the last 10 teams in the draft, he cost himself first-round guaranteed money.
He wasn't the only player who refused to work out for the Pistons. Jamont Gordon, a guard from Mississippi State, turned the Pistons down and wasn't even drafted. The Pistons made three calls to Chalmers and three times heard, "No, thanks."
What idiot sat down in a meeting with CDR and these other guys and said, "Hey, I've got a great idea: Don't work out for anyone past 20. That way, people will HAVE to pick you before then." And then these guys all said, "HEY, THAT'S GREAT! THIS IS FOOTBALL!" Um, wait...huh? This type of irrational logic train means that this was probably their agent:
What we're they thinking?