Player News - Pistons

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The Knicks are expected to be the favorites to sign Greg Monroe.

This was the case all along with the Knicks having plenty of money to invest in a power forward. Monroe is likely going to get a deal close to max and should also receive interest from the Celtics, Lakers, Bucks and Blazers. It would be a major shock to see him head back to the Pistons.
Jun 29 - 4:42 PM

Andre Drummond wants to sign an extension with the Pistons this offseason, a source told the Detroit Free Press.

Drummond, still on his rookie deal, is eligible to sign a long-term extension, and with the Pistons planning to build around him for the foreseeable future under Stan Van Gundy, the two sides shouldn't have much of an issue in terms of finding common ground when it's time to sit at the negotiating table.
Jun 29 - 1:27 PM

The Pistons want to re-sign Joel Anthony this offseason.

This is Anthony's first blurb in three months, an indication of his fantasy value. "Obviously we can't negotiate with him yet, we can't talk money," Van Gundy said. "I talked to him (Friday). Again, we've told him consistently we would like to have him back."
Jun 29 - 9:25 AM

Free agent Greg Monroe strongly suggested that he won't re-sign with the Pistons, and he'll meet with at least five teams once free agency begins -- the Bucks, Celtics, Knicks, Lakers and Trail Blazers.

"I don’t want to be anywhere I’m not wanted," Monroe said. "[The Pistons] have different plans and I respect that." This isn't at all surprising and Monroe said that he hopes to join a team "that's ready to win," where he can be "the missing piece." All five of the teams Monroe is expected to meet with have copious cap space and a thin frontcourt.
Jun 28 - 8:14 PM

The Knicks will meet with Greg Monroe when free agency begins.

Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the Knicks have long been rumored to be a favorite to land his services. He'll reportedly meet with four to five other teams in addition to the Knicks, so it doesn't sound like he'll have any shortage of suitors. For what it's worth, the Pistons have said they're not optimistic about retaining Monroe, which is likely why they made the trade for Ersan Ilyasova.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 6:36 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said he selected Stanley Johnson with the eighth pick because of his mentality.

"The more we talked to people, we became very confident that this is a guy who's driven to being great — not just talking about it, but will put in the work to do it," Van Gundy said. Johnson is potentially in a really great spot. SVG's system desperately needs a small forward and Johnson could wind up being a terrific fit, especially if he can extend his range. He could be valuable in Dynasty leagues.
Jun 27 - 7:49 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons will target two unrestricted free agent small forwards and look at the restricted ones next.

The Pistons just picked up Stanley Johnson with the eighth pick, but they still need some serious help there. Plus, Johnson is a bit more raw than most top-10 forwards -- he has a high ceiling with his prototype frame, though. As far as the reasonably attainable UFA SFs go, DeMarre Carroll is at the top of the list.
Jun 27 - 3:14 PM

The Pistons will fully guarantee Anthony Tolliver's $3 million contract for next season.

The Pistons are going to have a bunch of different pieces on their team next season and Tolliver will continue to be a backup. As long as the Pistons are healthy, he won't get much run.
Jun 26 - 5:25 PM

The Pistons took SG Darrun Hilliard from Villanova with the 38th pick of the draft.

He was named the Philadelphia Big Five player of the year as a Villanova senior after averaging 14.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He shot 38 percent from 3-point range and 79 percent from the foul line and will give the Pistons another option on the wing, although he may struggle to even make the team.
Jun 25 - 11:28 PM

With the eighth pick in the NBA Draft, the Pistons selected Arizona SF Stanley Johnson.

Johnson is a prototypical small forward at 6’7" and 245 pounds with a seven-foot wingspan. He posted a solid 14.1 total rebounding rate during his lone NCAA season and shot 37.1 percent from deep, making him a well-rounded addition to the Pistons' roster. Detroit acquired Ersan Ilyasova as insurance if they lose Greg Monroe in free agency, and they have both Brandon Jennings and Reggie Jackson in the backcourt, so it makes sense that they targeted a wing player in the lottery -- after all, they finished last season with Tayshaun Prince as a starter. We'll keep a very close eye on Johnson's role throughout the preseason, but right now he looks like a default starter.
Jun 25 - 8:30 PM

Brandon Jennings (Achilles) expects to meet his goal of being ready for training camp on September 1, according to a source of Marc J. Spears.

Jennings tore his Achilles back in January, but reports on his recovery have been positive up to this point. He'll be in a contract year next season, but coming off a major injury in addition to having to split a backcourt with Reggie Jackson (if Jackson is retained as a restricted free agent), will make him a very risky target in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jun 25 - 5:59 PM

The Pistons are reportedly targeting Stanley Johnson with the No. 8 overall selection in the 2015 NBA draft, assuming Mario Hezonja is off the board at that point.

In the likely event that both Hezonja and Emmanuel Mudiay are off the board when the Pistons pick, the most likely scenario is them taking Johnson as they have a definite need at the small forward position. Johnson would have the opportunity to be a starter for Detroit right out the gates with very limited competition, although with Brandon Jennings, Reggie Jackson (if retain), Andre Drummond, and Ersan Ilyasova all fighting for touches in the offense, it would be difficult for Johnson to have much fantasy value in standard leagues.
Source: Real GM
Jun 23 - 4:27 PM

If Emmanuel Mudiay falls all the way to the Pistons at the No. 8 spot in the 2015 NBA draft, they may decide to let Reggie Jackson walk as a free agent this offseason.

Reggie Jackson will be a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Pistons are reportedly "not 100 percent sold on Reggie." Jackson wants to be a starter, but with Brandon Jennings on the roster and set to be in a contract year, things could get complicated for Detroit. Jackson posted averages of 17.6 points, 9.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 three-pointer per game through 27 games with the Pistons during the 2014-15 season, although those numbers came sans Jennings. It'll be interesting to watch this situation unfold during the offseason.
Jun 23 - 4:10 PM

The Detroit Pistons are not optimistic about keeping unrestricted free agent Greg Monroe.

Team president and head coach Stan Van Gundy said the team is "not entirely optimistic" about keeping Monroe in Detroit and it's starting to look like last month's trade for Ersan Ilyasova was more than just an insurance policy. Van Gundy hasn't publicly ruled out the possibility of Monroe returning, but it doesn't bode well for the Pistons that the Celtics, Knicks, and others are ready to join the mix when the 25-year-old hits the open market.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 10:02 AM

Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy shot down rumors of a Brandon Jennings-Tim Hardaway Jr. trade.

With rumors of a Jennings-Hardaway deal making the rounds, Van Gundy shot down those rumors and said he hasn't even talked to the Knicks about it. This move would make some sense as the Pistons are hoping to retain restricted free agent point guard Reggie Jackson and there is a big unknown of whether he and Jennings can co-exist. We'll keep this item updated as more news becomes available, but it sounds like Jennings may not be long for Detroit.
Jun 23 - 9:57 AM


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