AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- In the morning, the Detroit Pistons fired Flip Saunders. By the afternoon, the players were put on notice.
"I'm not going to sit here and make Flip the scapegoat," president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said Tuesday. "Everybody is in play."
Dumars publicly put his entire lineup on the trading block, less than a week after the Pistons lost in the Eastern Conference final for the third straight year.
Among those available: Four players who have been together since winning the 2004 NBA title together, plus another starter who just finished his fourth season with the team.
"There are no sacred cows here," Dumars said. "You lose that sacred-cow status when you lose three straight years."
Messages seeking comment were left on Saunders' cell phone.
Saunders signed a four-year contract worth up to $26 million three years ago. His deal came less than a day after Detroit finalized terms of Larry Brown's $7 million severance package after he helped them win a title and almost repeat in his two seasons.
• ENDURACE RACING -- Barbara Terry of Lake Wylie may not have made it the full 441 miles in the two-day 2008 Baja 500. But her rookie team, running its first race in one of the toughest off-road races in the world, did make an impression.
"We got a lot farther than a lot of the million-dollar trophy trucks did," said Terry, the first woman ever to race in the Score Light division. "We made it farther than a lot of the 20-year veterans did. It was a success."
Terry's Score Light series team had to pull out of the race near mile marker 215 on May 31 because of mechanical failure.
Terry plans to return to Ensenada, Mexico, on Nov. 20-23 for the Baja 1,000, as well as next year for the Baja 500 and another 250-mile race.
"We're already talking about the (Baja) 1,000 and how we're going to handle that," she said.
Full race results had not been posted at score-international.com by press time on Monday. For more information about the Barbary Terry Racing team, visit barbaraterry.com.