Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Trey Freeman will sign a partially guaranteed deal with the Pistons.

The four-year point guard out of Old Dominion scored 22.1 points per game for the Monarchs last year. Freeman was undrafted following his senior 2015-16 season. He's got his hands full to make the Pistons.
Aug 29 - 11:18 PM

Stan Van Gundy said he "expects a noticeable jump" in Stanley Johnson’s level of play this season.

This comes on the heels of a report that SVG is looking to reduce the workload of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris, so things are looking up for the second-year forward. Johnson showed a lot of improvement in the summer and is only 20 years old, so his dynasty league owners have a lot to look forward to. If he can improve his efficiency from the field and shoot it consistently from deep, he could emerge in standard leagues this season.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 10:33 AM

Stan Van Gundy said that both Reggie Bullock and Darrun Hilliard offer something unique to the second unit.

"Darrun gives us a guy who can make plays off the dribble probably better than anybody on our team other than Reggie Jackson or Ish [Smith], Van Gundy said. "He and Stanley [Johnson] would be the two guys, but Darrun’s probably the best of the non-point guards on our roster. And then Reggie Bullock really emerged as our best perimeter shooter." SVG likes what both players have to offer, but they will have a limited role right out of the gate with Johnson expected to see the bulk of the wing minutes off the bench.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 10:26 AM

Stan Van Gundy said that he would like to reduce Marcus Morris' workload this season.

Morris surprisingly played 35.7 minutes per game last season, but the Pistons added a lot of depth this summer and Stanley Johnson is ready to take on a larger role. Morris returned 11th-round value in standard leagues last season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.4 treys on 43.4 percent shooting, but this report makes him a low-upside pick in the later rounds. On the other hand, Johnson's dynasty stock is on the rise.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 10:22 AM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he would like to reduce the workload of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris this season.

"You’d like to get Marcus and KCP down a little bit, but they’re both capable of handling the minutes," Van Gundy said. "You’re going to do whatever gives you a chance to win, but I think we’ve got enough depth. Hopefully, if we get the improvement from people that we ought to, get them to more reasonable minutes." KCP averaged 36.7 minutes per game, so it makes sense for SVG to drop him below 34 so that a few extra minutes could fall to guys like Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock. To be clear, KCP should still be a nice target for owners in need of points, treys and steals.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 10:17 AM

Speaking on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Reggie Jackson said he is excited about the potential of the Pistons this season.

"I don't believe there necessarily is a ceiling," Jackson said. "We can go as far as we want. But it's really going to come from internal growth as a team. Not just in skills but mentally, as well, and being ready for the burden of the season." The Pistons added a lot of depth this summer and will be looking to improve upon their eighth-place finish in the East. Jackson has some competition behind him in Ish Smith, but he's fully expected to return as the starter which makes him a mid-round option in standard leagues.
Source: USA Today
Aug 29 - 10:07 AM

Adonis Thomas has officially signed a one-year deal with Scandone Avellino in Italy.

He suffered a season-ending wrist injury in the D-League last season, but he was putting up averages of 17.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game before he went down. He's just 23 years old, so he could generate some NBA interest if he has a strong campaign overseas.
Source: Sportando
Aug 26 - 9:23 AM

Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond must "do what it takes on the mental level to get himself ready to play every night."

According to Van Gundy, consistent effort from Drummond "hasn’t quite happened yet ... He’s not quite there all the time to where he’s ready to go." SVG went on to praise Drummond's incredible potential and his dedication to offseason improvement, adding that he's "taken a different approach to his free-throw shooting [this summer]." He may simply be trying to light a fire under Drummond, but either way it's refreshing to hear more than the usual offseason pablum.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 24 - 9:43 PM

Stan Van Gundy recently praised Stanley Johnson for having a "tremendous desire to be great," but he also said that Johnson can be "frustrating" and a "challenge to deal with."

"He’s as good a competitor as you’ll find in this league," said Van Gundy. "What goes along with that is a stubbornness ... I’d rather have it the way he is than a guy who is 100 percent compliant but doesn’t get out there and really fight like he does on the court." From a fantasy perspective, Johnson needs to improve his offensive efficiency after averaging just 8.1 points on 37.5 percent shooting as a rookie.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 24 - 9:36 PM

Reggie Jackson said he wants the Pistons to be a better defensive team next season.

"We want to be a better defensive team, mentally tougher at end of games. I have to put guys in better position," said Jackson. Kyrie Irving regularly roasted Jackson on the defensive end during Detroit's first-round loss to the Cavs, so he's right in saying that the Pistons need to improve in that category. He'll be worth a late-round selection on draft day after averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 assists, 0.9 triples and 0.8 steals per game on 43.4 percent shooting this past season.
Aug 24 - 12:18 PM

The Pistons are aware they may lose Aron Baynes after the 2016-17 season.

The Pistons don't own full Bird Rights on the 29-year-old and know they may not be able to afford him when he becomes a free agent next summer. "We’re limited in what we can do with Aron next year," head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Two things happen: No.1, by rule, if Aron does opt out, we’re limited in how much we can offer him, by rule, because he leaves in two years." While Baynes will help the Pistons with a big body behind Andre Drummond this season, he won't have much fantasy value off the bench.
Aug 23 - 9:08 AM

Stan Van Gundy heaped praise on Stanley Johnson because of his desire to be great.

"But the strength Stanley has is he’s got a tremendous passion for the game and tremendous desire to be great," Van Gundy said. "He’s as good a competitor as you’ll find in this league, as young as he is. What goes along with that is a stubbornness, to some degree." SVG added that Johnson has the most potential to take a noticeable step forward this season along with Andre Drummond, so it's a safe bet that the second-year forward should be able to take some minutes away from Marcus Morris in the near future. He's on the radar as a late-round flier.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 22 - 12:17 PM

Stan Van Gundy believes that Andre Drummond and Stanley Johnson have the most potential to take noticeable steps forward this season.

"Look, [Andre Drummond's] the guy – probably he and Stanley [Johnson] are the guys who can, I think, based on their age and what they’ve done and what they’re capable of doing, who have the potential to make the biggest jumps." SVG still believes that Drummond is the face of the Pistons' franchise and said that the big man has taken a different mental approach to his free-throw shooting this offseason. While he will be an elite source of points, boards, blocks and steals, his owners will still likely need to punt free throws considering he shot 35.5 percent from the line last season.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 22 - 12:13 PM

Updating a previous report, Eric Griffin has a buyout clause in his deal that allows him to sign with an NBA club this season.

It was reported earlier today that Griffin has signed a deal with Gilboa Galil in Israel.
Aug 19 - 9:01 PM

Adonis Thomas has signed a deal to play for Scandone Avellino in Italy.

Thomas has spent time with the Magic and 76ers, but spent last season in the D-League with averages of 17.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Source: Sportando
Aug 19 - 9:51 AM


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