Player News - Pistons

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Jodie Meeks came off the bench for nine points and a 3-pointer on 2-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

Starter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played a little better than normal tonight with 14 points and three 3-pointers on 5-of-15 shooting in 28 minutes. But once Meeks is healthy and rolling, these two are probably going to split minutes, making both of them tough to use on a regular basis in fantasy. Meeks scored 20 on Monday, but a lot of that came in garbage time.
Dec 17 - 11:58 PM

Greg Monroe hit just 1-of-5 shots for four points and five rebounds in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

Andre Drummond was a one-man wrecking crew tonight and both Monroe and Josh Smith paid the price. Monroe had scored between 12 and 29 points in each of his previous six games, so we're just going to call this an off night for the big man.
Dec 17 - 11:56 PM

Brandon Jennings hit just 5-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, three rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday's loss.

The Pistons are going to have trouble winning games unless they get better play out of their point guard. He had scored in single digits in seven straight games before tonight's "breakthrough," and is now averaging just 6.2 points and 6.2 assists on 29 percent shooting over his last five. Yuck.
Dec 17 - 11:53 PM

Andre Drummond went off for 19 points, a season-high 24 rebounds, four steals and three blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks.

His early-season slump is officially over as he posted one of the best big-man lines of the season. Yeah, he hit just 1-of-6 free throws, but you knew that was part of the deal when you drafted him. Drummond is averaging 16.4 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocks over his last five games.
Dec 17 - 11:47 PM

Josh Smith played just had seven points, two rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block on Wednesday, but also had four fouls and played just 19 minutes in the loss to Dallas.

Jonas Jerebko played just 13 minutes, but hit 5-of-5 shots, 1-of-1 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws to finish with 13 points and two rebounds. Stan Van Gundy said after the game he stuck with the hot Jerebko and left Smith on the bench. Jerebko isn't going to be this hot on most nights, so don't panic if you own Smoove, who is also rumored to still possibly be heading to the Kings at some point this season.
Dec 17 - 11:42 PM

The Pistons reportedly wanted Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in exchange for Greg Monroe.

The Pistons need help from beyond the arc and have some major issues at point guard, so it makes sense they would like to make this move. Of course, the Hawks already have a pretty good power forward and center combo, so there's really no way they'd agree to this. The Pistons will have to drop their asking price quite a bit here.
Dec 17 - 3:30 PM

The Kings are still interested in acquiring Josh Smith from the Pistons.

This rumor popped up over the summer and it was only a matter of time before it picked up steam considering how poorly the Pistons have played. Smith is playing a little better these days, so the Pistons should justifiably be asking for a fair amount. He would likely lose a touch of value with a trade, especially to Sacramento with Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins there.
Dec 17 - 3:26 PM

Jodie Meeks has been rusty since returning from an extended absence on the sidelines, but looks to build on Monday's performance after scoring 20 points in a loss to the Clippers.

He scored 18 of his 20 points in garbage time Monday, but coach Stan Van Gundy left him in the game to shake the rust off. "I felt like I got into a bit of a rhythm," Meeks said. "It is only my third game back, so I have to take it day by day and, when I'm open, shoot it with confidence." Meeks has the ability to consistently knock down 3-pointers while also contributing assists and steals, so he should be owned in all standard leagues. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's spot in the starting lineup could soon be in jeopardy.
Dec 17 - 9:38 AM

Greg Monroe denied asking the Pistons for a trade and said that he would never initiate trade talks.

Responding to a report that said he has asked the Pistons for a trade, Monroe said there is no truth to those rumors. "If they feel the need to come to me, obviously, I would have to have that discussion," he said. "But that discussion would have to be initiated by them. It would never be initiated by me." We'll see if there's fire to go with this smoke soon enough, but Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler would be the fantasy beneficiaries if a trade does go down.
Source: MLive.com
Dec 16 - 9:22 AM

Andre Drummond scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in the Pistons' 113-91 loss to the Clippers on Monday.

Drummond's field goal shooting is the only thing truly out of place compared to last season and to that end he scored a win tonight. He's still a buy low target but lines like this won't help your cause.
Dec 16 - 3:06 AM

Brandon Jennings scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting with one rebound, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes on Monday.

Jennings started the season in the dumps, got red hot, and is now back in the dumps. He's worth holding to see if the situation works itself out, but Jodie Meeks' return has added another ballhandler for Stan Van Gundy to spell Jennings with.
Dec 16 - 3:04 AM

Jodie Meeks scored 20 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-10 shots (3-of-5 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with one rebound, four assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

The Pistons love Meeks and they don't like a lot of the other guys on the roster so you can do the math. Look for him to handle the ball, hit threes, steal the ball and he should be owned in all standard formats.
Dec 16 - 3:01 AM

The Pistons are reportedly asking for a first-round pick in exchange for Greg Monroe.

It's pretty clear that the Pistons are not going to bring him back after he signed a qualifying offer over the summer. The Pistons are also one of the worst teams in the NBA with a 13-game losing streak being snapped last week -- they're on a two-game winning streak now. If Monroe is dealt, Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler would benefit most. Monroe would likely lose value.
Dec 15 - 3:51 PM

Josh Smith said he was feeling better after being hampered by "nagging injuries," including a foot blister and leg woes.

"Time is good. Bones don't feel as stiff, but just been able to get a lot of work in before the game, a lot of stretching, a lot of massages on the legs and try to open everything up to be a little looser early on in the game." Coach Stan Van Gundy even noted that he sees a difference with Smith, saying he's "looked quicker." The "leg woes" are worth watching, but Smith has averaged 16.5 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and 3.5 blocks over the last two games, and the Pistons have won both.
Dec 15 - 10:07 AM

Josh Smith was three steals short of a five-by-five line during a 95-90 win over the Kings on Saturday, racking up 21 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and two steals in 38 minutes.

Technically, he did have a five-by-five with his seven turnovers. Smith's output in defense is really coming on with 2.4 blocks in his last five and he's actually made 45.1 percent from the field in that span, too. J-Smoove will be a stud in points leagues and a tough player to own in standards.
Dec 14 - 12:49 AM


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