Player News - Pistons

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Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander "speculates" that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) could resume playing by August.

He arrived at Tuesday's draft lottery without a protective boot and all signs point to him being ready for training camp, though it's not guaranteed. Detroit could ease Jennings back into the mix if they retain Reggie Jackson as a restricted free agent, and both players' fantasy values are tethered to Detroit's offseason moves.
May 19 - 7:38 PM

Mo Cheeks could join Billy Donovan's coaching staff with the Thunder, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Cheeks served as an assistant under Scott Brooks from 2009-13, so this would actually be his second go-around with the team. Expect Donovan to continue to target assistants with NBA experience as he enters his first year in the league.
May 18 - 9:58 AM

Pistons' GM Jeff Bower said that the Pistons will be looking for a player that can play multiple positions in the 2015 draft.

"Versatility is very important. It gives a player more options and more ways to make a contribution," Bower said. The Pistons have a clear need at the small forward position, but if Greg Monroe elects to leave as a free agent this offseason, they'll have a hole at the power forward spot as well. Because of that, they're looking for a guy that can fill both those roles, and Arizona's Stanley Johnson and Wisconsin's Sam Dekker appear to be on their radar.
May 15 - 12:09 PM

The Pelicans have repeatedly shot down rumors that Joe Dumars will soon be hired to oversee New Orleans' front office.

Dumars did put together a championship team in Detroit in 2004, but he also had his fair share of blunders after that title-run (Josh Smith's $54 million, four-year deal being on of them). It doesn't sound like he has a job waiting for him in New Orleans.
May 12 - 5:19 PM

Isiah Thomas said he won't have a role with the Knicks this season, but left the door open for an eventual return.

That sound you hear is a collective groan coming from Knicks fans across the country. While Thomas will join the New York Liberty of the WNBA as president and part-owner, this move also brings him back into the Madison Square Garden fold with friend and Knicks owner, Jim Dolan. When asked about a possible return to the NBA, Thomas said, "I am interested in basketball period. You never know where life takes you. I make no plans; I didn’t plan to end up here. None of us know where we’re going to be 5-10 years from now." Sorry, Knicks fans.
Source: ESPN NY
May 7 - 1:20 PM

Isiah Thomas has been named the president of the New York Liberty of the WNBA.

While Knicks fans will likely have a few jokes up their sleeve about how the Liberty will trade away all their first-round picks, the reality is the Liberty just have to hope he doesn't damage their franchise too much. He's Jim Dolan's guy, and it will be interesting to see how his transition back into the big leagues proceeds.Thomas will also have part ownership of the team, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.
May 5 - 11:28 AM

Brandon Jennings posted a video to his Twitter account on Friday showing him getting up some flat-footed jumpers.

Baby steps. Jennings completely tore his Achilles during the 2014-15 season, but he continues to make steady progress, and he's hopeful to be ready by training camp next season. It'll be very interesting to see how Reggie Jackson's restricted free agency pans out, but if he is retained by Detroit, Jennings could be looking at a timeshare at the point guard position. He'll make for a very risky selection during next year's drafts coming off a severe injury.
May 1 - 1:36 PM

Greg Monroe said returning to the Pistons is still a viable option in free agency.

While Monroe had previously been thought to be on his way out of town once he becomes a free agent this summer, he said the Pistons are a frontrunner to sign him. "I have ties here; I have been here my whole (adult) life," Monroe said. "They drafted me, so of course I am going to listen to them with the same ear as I listen to everybody else. They have the upper hand." The Pistons can offer Monroe the most money this summer, but he's also spoken about meeting with the Knicks once free agency begins so we'll just have to wait and see what happens here.
Apr 21 - 11:06 AM

Caron Butler said he would like to return to the Detroit Pistons next season.

The ball is in the Pistons' court as the team holds a $4.5 million option on the 35-year-old, but Butler said he'd like to be back in Detroit next year. "I'm in a good situation," he said. "I like where we're at. I like what we've been able to accomplish, being better than we were prior, and I feel like I've got my fingerprints all over these guys. So it's a great opportunity to come back and continue the thing on." While Butler provided veteran leadership to the Pistons, his 2014-15 season averages of 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds will limit his fantasy potential to the deepest of leagues in 2015-16.
Apr 21 - 10:52 AM

Stan Van Gundy wants Reggie Jackson to improve on the defensive end of the court.

"Defensively, he's still got a long, long way to go, but on the offensive end of the floor, I mean, he can certainly score and he can create shots for other people." The Pistons are expected to re-sign Jackson, and it will be interesting to see at what number after the point guard reportedly rejected a four-year, $48 million extension from Oklahoma City prior to being traded.
Apr 20 - 10:45 AM

Pistons owner Tom Gores referred to Andre Drummond a "maximum guy" during a recent interview.

The Pistons can extend Drummond's rookie contract with a max offer this offseason, a preferable alternative than waiting to match offers when he hits restricted free agency following the 2015-16 season, but this all hinges upon whether Drummond accepts the contract extension before the October 31 deadline. If the Pistons make Drummond their designated player, they could sign him to a five-year max extension, meaning he'd spend at least the first nine years of his career in Detroit. It'll be very interesting to see what Andre decides to do this offseason, but he has certainly established himself as a max-player.
Apr 17 - 2:47 PM

Stan Van Gundy believes that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be even better next season.

"KCP made a jump from last year to this year. He's got a ways to go, but we think he can make another jump," said Van Gundy. SVG put Caldwell-Pope's development at the forefront of his plans during the 2014-15 season, and KCP responded with averages of 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers per game on 40.1 percent shooting from the field. Consistency is the main issue for KCP, but if he can continue to work on his game and improve his percentages, he could emerge as a quality asset in standard leagues. Right now, he's not much more than a 3-point specialist.
Apr 16 - 6:19 PM

Reggie Jackson was one of seven Detroit players to score in double figures in Wednesday's finale, racking up 24 points, 11 assists and three steals on 9-of-16 shooting.

In a meaningless game, all five Pistons starters scored in double figures, while Andre Drummond joined Jackson with a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two blocks. Greg Monroe, who might have played his last game for Detroit as an unrestricted free agent, had just 10 points and two rebounds in 21 minutes, but also came through with four steals. And despite Drummond's woes at the free throw line and a slow start, he was a blast to own this season. And speaking of those two, they're the only two teammates who averaged a double-double this year, outside of the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul.
Apr 16 - 1:15 AM

Greg Monroe said at Wednesday's shootaround that he will meet with Phil Jackson on July 1 if he is interested, but also said that he won't rule out staying in Detroit.

Monroe added that his decision won't be "drawn out," but it does it looks like his days as a Piston are numbered. The fact that the Pistons haven't even held discussions with Monroe over a new contract is definitely cause for concern, and it doesn't seem likely that they would give him close to a max deal. This story will only heat up over the summer, so we will pass along any additional information when we know more.
Apr 15 - 1:03 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, four assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Cavs.

Caldwell-Pope has been running slightly hot this past week, averaging 2.0 treys and hitting 47.4 percent of his shots over his last four games. He only played 25 minutes tonight but he fits the definition of 'young' that Stan Van Gundy says he's going to go with in Wednesday's finale against the Knicks.
Apr 14 - 12:10 AM

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