Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Luigi Datome has chosen to play the 2014-15 season with the Detroit Pistons.

FC Barcelona was reportedly interested in the 26-year-old, but Datome has decided to give the NBA one more chance. "My goal is to try another year in the NBA and draw a line with my experience at the end of next season," Datome said. "I signed a two-year deal precisely because so many players, in their first season in America, have had difficulties." Gigi only averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds during his first season in the NBA and shouldn't be on any fantasy radars heading into the 2014-15 season.
Aug 26 - 9:41 AM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's summer opened his eyes a lot.

"More than anything what opened my eyes was the intensity and energy he brings to the floor every time he plays," Van Gundy said. "He’s an all-out guy all the time – practices, games." The 21-year-old guard put up 24 points per game in Orlando Pro Summer League, and probably helped himself for minutes with the new coach. Caldwell-Pope ended his season on a high note back in April, but we'd still like to see a little more before suggesting him as a late-round target in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 25 - 7:07 PM

Greg Monroe reportedly only looked for sign-and-trade offers from other teams.

As a restricted free agent, it makes sense for Monroe to only look for a sign-and-trade because the Pistons would have been able to match an offer. Five teams were reportedly in the mix for the power forward, but he will reportedly accept a qualifying offer for next season. His minutes should be safe with new coach Stan Van Gundy, making him a mid-round target in most fantasy formats.
Aug 25 - 9:55 AM

When all was said and done, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo couldn't leave Andre Drummond off the final 12-man Team USA roster.

"[Drummond] is a blossoming center in the NBA," Colangelo said. "He's just a kid, but he's come a long way in a very short period of time. We see him as a big part of our future... Yes he's young, but a 7-foot, 280-pound guy who can run the floor the way Drummond runs and who protects the rim... when you describe all the physical attributes, that's a hard call to leave a guy at home." Drummond will be a glass-eater, and rim protector for the US squad, and the experience playing with the team can only be positive for the sophomore. Drummond's rebounding is elite, and if you're punting the free throw category, he's a fun guy to own.
Aug 24 - 1:52 PM

Andre Drummond made Team USA for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

He was expected to be cut, but coach Mike Kzyzewski went with a team of 12 players. Drummond just turned 21 on Aug. 10 and he is considered as one of the most raw players in the NBA, so just imagine where he's going to be in a couple seasons. Sure, he can't shoot a free throw, but he's already shaping up to be the league's best rebounder and is getting better at scoring around the basket. If you don't care about free throw percentage, Drummond is worth a very early selection.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 9:31 AM

Greg Monroe and his agent reportedly sought a sign-and-trade with at least five teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

These deals obviously never came to fruition as Monroe has said he will accept the Pistons' one-year qualifying offer of $5.5 million and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. Monroe has yet to sign his qualifying offer, however, so there is a chance he and his camp are hoping for a last-minute trade. Regardless of where he plays in 2014-15, Monroe should be a mid-round draft target after averaging 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks during during the 2013-14 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 1:20 PM

The Pistons officially signed Aaron Gray on Monday.

Gray will be Andre Drummond's backup in Detroit. Through 33 games with the Kings last season Gray averaged 1.8 points, and 3.1 rebounds over 10.2 minutes of action, and that pretty much sums up his nonexistent fantasy value.
Aug 18 - 4:08 PM

The Pistons officially signed Cartier Martin on Monday.

Martin will compete for minutes with Caron Butler, Kyle Singler, and Luigi Datome, and he's not someone to target in standard leagues.
Aug 18 - 4:01 PM

Andre Drummond is likely to be cut from the Team USA roster.

He didn't play in Saturday's exhibition vs. Brazil despite how the team is short on big men. Drummond seems to be behind Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee and DeMarcus Cousins (knee) for this summer's team, but the 21-year-old is only going to get better.
Aug 18 - 10:24 AM

Andre Drummond remains hopeful he can make the final 12-man Team USA roster.

"I don’t plan on going home," Drummond said. "I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job here these past couple of weeks really proving I could be a part of this team. We have a lot of great players out here. I’m not going to back down. I know what’s at stake. I want to win a gold medal." It seems that Drummond will be competing for a spot with Mason Plumlee and DeMarcus Cousins, and he will get a chance to showcase himself during Team USA's exhibition game vs. Brazil with DeMarcus on the sidelines.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 15 - 5:52 PM

Chauncey Billups is considered a serious candidate to play for the Cavaliers next season.

Billups has a close relationship with assistant coach Tyronn Lue and had a workout with the team recently. His career has been in question lately as his health continues to betray him year after year. Still, there is always a place for veterans on any NBA roster and he provides stable leadership in the locker room.
Aug 14 - 6:17 PM

Greg Monroe will accept the Pistons' qualifying offer of $5.5 million.

It's an interesting move for Monroe, who becomes one of the better players to have ever signed a qualifying offer instead of taking a long-term deal. He will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and will almost certainly be looking at a contract in the double-digits for millions per season. The Pistons will now likely have to figure out how they're going to use Josh Smith because he's certainly not a small forward in coach Stan Van Gundy's system.
Source: USA Today
Aug 12 - 7:14 PM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy isn't relying on rookie Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL tear) as a rotation player this season, but he won't hesitate to use him if he's healthy.

Dinwiddie tore his ACL in January and remains out indefinitely. "We want to follow his rehabilitation," said Van Gundy. "We don’t want to get caught up in the calendar as much as what’s going on with his knee." Detroit's new coach praised Dinwiddie's size, defensive prowess and pass-first mentality, adding, "I think he’s a rare 6'6" guy who is a true point guard."
Source: NBA.com
Aug 12 - 3:02 PM

Restricted free agent Greg Monroe is open to accepting a one-year qualifying offer with the Pistons.

The qualifying offer would guarantee Monroe $5.3 million for the 2014-15 season and ensure that the 24-year-old would become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Monroe has yet to receive an offer sheet from another team and signing his qualifying offer presents his best chance to receive the contract he thinks he deserves. Monroe averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks during his 2013-14 campaign and should present a solid mid-round fantasy value heading into the 2014-15 season.
Aug 12 - 9:19 AM

Stan Van Gundy believes that the Pistons will play with hard, and with intensity this upcoming season.

"Yeah [we'll play hard], for two reasons," Van Gundy said. "The people we added all play very hard and very competitively, but I also think that’s the value of depth and balance. Our guys are going to push each other. There will be competition for playing time." Van Gundy definitely bolstered the Pistons' roster this offseason with five free agent signings, predominately addressing the need for 3-point shooting. While depth is a nice thing for an NBA franchise to have, it sometimes equates to timeshares, which limits the statistical output of players. We'll be keeping an eye on how SVG's rotations develop over training camp and preseason.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 11 - 4:19 PM


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