Player News - Pistons

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The Detroit Pistons selected Bruce Brown with the 42nd overall pick in the 2018 draft.

He’s a workout warrior as he led perimeter players in bench press reps at the combine to go with a 38-inch max vertical leap. Brown did miss two months of the season due to a foot injury, but he created a lot of buzz for his aforementioned pre-draft work. In his sophomore season, the 6’5" guard averaged 11.4 points, 7.1 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 treys. If he can improve on his 30.4% on his two-point jumpers and 26.7% on treys, Brown could be a rotation piece.
Jun 21 - 11:22 PM

The Pistons traded for the 38th pick in the draft and selected Khyri Thomas.

This one is all about defense for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the Big East, but Thomas put up numbers with 15.1 points, 4.4 boards and 1.7 steals last season at Creighton. The 6’4" guard does have length with his 6’11" wingspan, and his big finish to his junior year allowed him to leave school one year early. Plus, Thomas was a terrific shoot from deep at 40.6% over his three-year career with a 41.1 percentage in 2017-18. He'll compete with guys like Reggie Bullock, Stanley Johnson and Luke Kennard for playing time.
Jun 21 - 11:13 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said Stanley Johnson is "the best matchup for No. 23 in Cleveland that there is."

No. 23 in Cleveland is the main reason Casey is coaching in Detroit now, so this is a very interesting quote from the new coach. Johnson has not turned the corner yet and he saw Reggie Bullock take the biggest step at his position. Maybe Casey can get SJ to figure it out, so he's a possible last-round lottery ticket in drafts.
Jun 20 - 5:52 PM

Bruce Brown Jr. is having a second workout with the Celtics.

The Celtics sure do know how to draft, so Brown Jr. getting a second workout is somewhat telling on how they view him. Boston holds the 27th pick in the draft and it's possible the University of Miami product could drop to that spot after a foot injury ended his season.
Jun 20 - 4:13 PM

The Pistons are expected to pick up Reggie Bullock's team option for 2018-19.

The Pistons don't have much cap space and do not have a first-round pick, so it's a no-brainer for them to bring back Bullock at just $2.5 million. He averaged career-highs in points (11.3), rebounds (2.5), assists (1.5) and treys (2.0) last season, but his role in 2018-19 hinges on the development of guys like Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson.
Jun 14 - 10:11 AM

The Pistons have agreed to hire Dwane Casey for their head coaching position according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

It's a five-year deal that will keep Casey in Detroit through the 2022-23 season. Despite leading the Raptors to a 59-21 record and winning the Coach of the Year Award, Casey was fired just a few days after Toronto's playoff exit. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Press notes that Casey has a strong reputation for player development, so this hire could be good news for Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard and Henry Ellenson. Ownership expects the Pistons to reach the playoffs in 2018-19, so hiring Casey was the right call.
Jun 11 - 11:30 AM

Rodney Stuckey will participate in a veteran's mini-camp with the Trail Blazers this summer.

Stuckey sat out the 2017-18 season to get his body right physically after a couple of injury-plagued seasons, but he never planned on retiring. He might be able to snag a minimum-level deal somewhere, but the 32-year-old veteran won't have any fantasy value, regardless of where he winds up.
Source: Amico Hoops
Jun 10 - 2:32 PM

Dwane Casey reportedly met with Pistons' owner, Tom Gores, on Tuesday.

Additionally, Michigan coach John Beilein has officially withdrawn from consideration for the head coaching gig in Detroit, so right now, it looks like the job is Casey's for the taking. Casey ran some of the most inconsistent big man rotations in the league while he was at the helm in Toronto, so if he is hired by Detroit, that could be bad news for Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.

Detroit management is reportedly interested in "further conversations" with former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and Michigan coach John Beilein.

Both coaches have already met with the franchise, so it looks like the final decision will come down to these two, with Casey being the favorite to land the gig. The Pistons have a lot of money owed ($113.6 million) to a not so great roster next season, so it could be tough for the new coach to break the playoff drought.
Jun 4 - 6:47 PM

Former Miami guard Bruce Brown Jr. will work out for the Timberwolves on Monday.

He also interviewed with the T-Wolves at the combine. Minnesota currently has the 20th and 48th overall picks in the 2018 draft. Brown is projected to go in the late first round or early second round, so the Wolves have the picks to possibly land him. He missed the final 10 games of the regular season as well as the ACC and NCAA tournament due to a left foot injury which could hurt his stock.
Jun 3 - 12:05 PM

Detroit and former general manager Jeff Bower have parted ways, according to Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter.

The Pistons are doing a complete overhaul after their first year in their new arena was a major flop. Bower received a contract extension back in 2016, but he and the team won't see the rest of it through. The Pistons are still looking for a coach and they're missing several pieces in their front office, as well.
Jun 1 - 4:40 PM

The University of Michigan's John Beilein interviewed for the Pistons coaching job on Thursday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

The Pistons may be getting close with Dwane Casey, Kenny Smith Beilein and others interviewing this week. The 66-year-old Beilein has been coaching in college since the 1970s and has coached the Wolverines since 2007. It would be a surprise to see the Pistons make this hire and it sounds like Casey is the favorite.
Jun 1 - 3:19 PM

The Pistons are meeting with Dwane Casey on Thursday to discuss their head coaching position, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

The Pistons and Raptors are the last two teams to fill their vacancy, so obviously they won't be getting much competition for Casey these days. Casey has reportedly been the top target for the Pistons, and there really hasn't been much momentum for other candidates.
May 31 - 6:17 PM

Former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey will be a primary target of the Pistons coaching search, league sources tell ESPN.

The Pistons have thrown around a few names, but it would come as no surprise if Casey were to land this job. The Pistons have recently hired Grizzlies executive Ed Stefanski as a senior advisor and he will be responsible for this coaching hire.
May 24 - 9:39 AM

Dwane Casey, Brad Stevens and Quin Snyder have been voted finalists for Coach of the Year.

Stevens is the only guy still coaching his team in the playoffs, holding a 2-0 lead vs. the Cavs -- Casey doesn't even have a job after being fired by Toronto following their exit in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
May 16 - 8:51 PM


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