Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

The Hawks interviewed Chauncey Billups this week regarding their Atlanta's vacant GM position.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical also reports that Atlanta was denied permission to speak with Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Billups, a current television studio analyst, had previously said that he would prefer coaching to a front office position but is apparently interested in at least speaking with the Hawks.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 20 - 9:32 AM

Andre Drummond said he believes the Pistons must improve their camaraderie and chemistry heading into the 2017-18 season.

Despite a disappointing 2016-17 campaign, Drummond does not feel it's necessary to overhaul the Pistons roster. "I don’t think we need to do any changes," Drummond said on Tuesday. "We had a lot of bumps in the road last season with different things going on, and it took everybody out of sync. With this summer coming up, we have to do a better job staying connected — the more stuff we do together, the better our camaraderie will be." Drummond had offseason surgery to correct a deviated septum, which he hopes will increase his energy next season.
May 19 - 1:45 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed that Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije would definitely play in the Orlando Summer League.

This was expected, as both Ellenson and Gbinije saw limited minutes as rookies during the 2016-17 regular season. They will log heavy minutes for the Pistons summer league team, hoping to prove they are ready for an expanded role in 2017-18.
May 13 - 1:58 PM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Stanley Johnson likely won't play in the Orlando Pro Summer League.

After a disappointing sophomore season, Johnson said he would be willing to play in the summer league. However, Van Gundy wants him to head down to Orlando with the team, but only practice. "I think what we might do with him is – and he talked it about when he left – go down and practice with us," Van Gundy said. "[Reggie] Bullock did it with us last year. Go down and practice, but not anything else." Johnson needs to improve his shooting and offensive efficiency if he hopes to crack the Pistons rotation and earn increased minutes next season.
May 13 - 1:57 PM

Andre Drummond, who recently had surgery to correct a deviated septum, may have to wear a mask to protect his nose next season.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Drummond may now be more prone to a broken nose a result of the surgery. "The only thing is there’s a little bit of a chance that it makes you more susceptible to breaks, which he knew going, which means he may have to wear a mask, at times," said Van Gundy. Drummond initially suffered the injury in college at UConn and re-aggravated the injury going into his second season. Drummond is hopeful that the corrective surgery will allow him to have increased energy next season and beyond.
May 13 - 1:28 PM

Andre Drummond (nose) will be cleared for full basketball activities in a month.

He recently had surgery to repair a deviated septum, as he's been breathing through just one nostril for his entire pro career. He said that the issue was at it's worst this season, and while it's probably not an excuse for his down year in 2016-17, it certainly didn't help. "This season was probably my toughest breathing year for me," Drummond said. "It got progressively worse. My allergies were really bad and it was really hard for me to get that wind out there." Drummond said he's eager to get his career back on track and that he plans on "attacking" his offseason workouts and work on his free throw shooting.
May 7 - 11:27 AM

Andre Drummond told reporters that he recently had surgery to repair a deviated septum.

Drummond said that he has been suffering through the injury since his college days at the Unversity of Connecticut and that he has been "basically breathing through one nostril his entire pro career." He added that he has noticed a real difference since playing after having the surgery. Drummond will be looking to bounce back next season from a relatively disappointing 2016-17 campaign. Unfortunately, the surgery likely won't improve his free throw shooting.
May 6 - 1:53 PM

Joe Dumars and David Griffin are expected to emerge as candidates in the Hawks' search for a new lead front-office voice, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Hawks announced they were restructuring their front office earlier this week. Mike Budenholzer gave up his title of president of basketball operations but will remain as head coach. Wes Wilcox will no longer serve as general manager. The Hawks are looking to hire a new GM, whom both Budenholzer and Wilcox will report to. Dumars, who previously served as the Pistons GM, played alongside Hawks minority owner Grant Hill in Detroit.
May 6 - 10:30 AM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said that the Pistons want to get Boban Marjanovic more involved in the offense next season.

"This is a fault of ours that we really didn’t build anything around [Marjanovic], either offensively or defensively," Van Gundy said last month. "We have to do some defensive things to help him and we’ve got to get him the ball even more offensively, but he was our third center, so we didn’t build enough around him. Certainly we will, going forward." With Aron Baynes expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, Boban will likely see a significant increase in minutes as Andre Drummond's backup next season.
May 6 - 9:55 AM

Aron Baynes said he will likely wait until the June 20 deadline before making a firm decision on his player option for the 2017-18 season.

Baynes has an option worth $6.5 million for the 2017-18 season, but even with the salary cap set to see another bump this offseason, it's not a lock that he would be able to command significantly more money on the open market. Baynes put in averages of 4.9 points and 4.4 boards in his second season with the Pistons, and while he's a solid backup big to have on the roster, he's not the type of player you want to target in fantasy hoops.
May 3 - 10:03 AM

Boban Marjanovic increased his chances of logging more minutes next season after a strong finish to the 2016-17 campaign.

One key factor determining Marjanovic's role next season is whether or not Aron Baynes opts out of his current contract and re-signs with the Pistons. If Baynes leaves, Boban will have the inside track on backup minutes behind Andre Drummond. Over this last four games of the regular season, Boban averaged 15.8 points and 10.3 boards, while shooting 59.1 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the stripe in 23 minutes per contest.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 25 - 1:36 PM

According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons will match any offer sheet that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope receives as a restricted free agent.

Ellis adds that Detroit's stance won't change even if KCP is offered a max deal. The 24-year-old wing is obviously one of coach Stan Van Gundy's favorite players and he has progressed in each of his four seasons. He's also very durable, averaging 78.5 games played per campaign. KCP averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 triples on 39.9 percent shooting in 2016-17, and he figures to be a building block for this franchise for a long time.
Apr 16 - 10:31 AM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond "needs to have a sense of urgency to elevate his game."

Drummond took a disappointing step back this season. His stats dropped across the board, including his scoring and rebounding averages. His free throw percentage remained below 39 percent. Van Gundy did say that Drummond has "a chance to be really good to great, but he needs to do some work to get there." Over the final five games of the season, with Boban Marjanovic seeing increased playing time, Drummond averaged only 8.6 points and 11.0 rebounds.
Apr 15 - 11:14 AM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons will look to devise more ways to use Boban Marjanovic in guarding stretch fives and taking advantage of guards.

Yes please. Boban was freed to close the season, averaging 15.8 points, 10.3 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks on 59.1 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the line in just 23 minutes per game over the final four outings. Even if Boban can hit the 20-minute mark, he'll be on the radar in fantasy leagues. DFS players certainly cashed in on Boban over the last week of the season.
Apr 14 - 7:38 PM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he's confident that Reggie Jackson will bounce back next season.

"Reggie Jackson had a really difficult year and it really affected our team," Van Gundy said. "I think Reggie will come back and be as good as or better than he was two years ago. I honestly do. There were a lot of things that were physically and mentally very difficult for him to handle. He’s committed to getting those things changed. He’s a talented guy and he’ll be really good next year — I have confidence in him." Jackson was shut down for the final nine games of the season because he never looked healthy, finishing with averages of 14.5 points, 5.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.3 triples on 41.9 percent shooting in 52 games. He won't be a recommended fantasy target next season and there's a good chance that he's traded.
Apr 13 - 10:08 AM


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