Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Caron Butler is looking forward to being a leader for the Pistons.

"The opportunity to play quality minutes and be a mentor to these guys, share my experiences and get us over the hump was big," said Butler. The quality minutes part of the quote is interesting as the Pistons are a bit crowded on the wings. Even with playing 27 minutes per game with the Thunder last season while shooting 40.9 percent from the field, he was still able to post ninth-round value while he was there. He could be a late flier for those who missed out on treys during their drafts.
Sep 15 - 5:06 PM

Pistons' forward Greg Monroe, who has been suspended for the first two games of the season after pleading guilty to DUI, "urinated on himself during the booking process," according to the police report from his arrest.

Playing alongside Andre Drummond and Josh Smith is no longer Monroe's biggest problem, as NBA fans are likely going to be relentless on Monroe at games this season. "I'm just trying not to be in the newspaper," Monroe said during the arrest. "I play for the Pistons." An officer replied "Unless you told people that are going to tell people, we don't tell people." The cat is out of the bag and Monroe's story is just another black eye on professional sports in what has already been a very long week.
Source: MLive
Sep 10 - 10:33 PM

Chauncey Billups announced his retirement from the NBA after 17 seasons on Tuesday.

He was named the 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and had a storied career - one that was sidetracked after he ruptured his Achilles in 2012. He missed 185 games the past three seasons and decided to hang it up instead of trying to (potentially) help LeBron James win a ring in Cleveland. "It's just time. I know when it's time," Billups said. This isn't the last we've heard of Billups though, as he will almost assuredly end up in a team's front office at some point. So long, Mr. Big Shot. It was a good ride.
Sep 9 - 10:06 PM

Greg Monroe has been suspended two games for pleading guilty to a DUI.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and made a regrettable mistake," said Monroe. "I apologize to my family, the Pistons’ organization, my teammates and fans." He recently signed a one-year qualifying offer with the Pistons, but now he won't make his season debut until Nov. 1 against the Nets. Other players with season-opening suspensions include Nick Calathes, P.J. Tucker and Raymond Felton.
Sep 9 - 2:01 PM

Greg Monroe officially signed Detroit's one-year qualifying offer on Monday.

"I look forward to playing for Coach Van Gundy and his staff," said Monroe. "He has a proven track record and I’m excited about working with my teammates to get better and prepare for the season." Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. He averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 32.8 minutes without missing a single game last season, and he'll be a safe mid-round selection come draft day.
Sep 8 - 4:34 PM

There was a "strong chance" that Greg Monroe would have rejected a maximum contract offer from the Pistons, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

The Pistons have been lousy throughout Monroe's four NBA seasons and he wasn't happy about Josh Smith's arrival last season, which leaves Monroe in an ill-fitting frontcourt alongside Smith and Andre Drummond. He has since accepted the Pistons' one-year qualifying offer and will test his luck in unrestricted free agency next summer.
Source: USA Today
Sep 7 - 5:22 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL surgery) doesn't have a timetable for his return, but he's been feeling "really, really good" in recent weeks.

"I’ve been feeling like I can do all the things I need to do," Dinwiddie said. Stan Van Gundy referred to Dinwiddie as a 6'6" true point guard and the rookie could crack the rotation once he's fully recovered, but Detroit has too much backcourt depth to bother with him in fantasy leagues.
Sep 7 - 3:55 PM

Restricted free agent Greg Monroe has reportedly signed his qualifying offer with the Pistons.

Monroe is one of the more talented players to sign a qualifying offer, but now he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Despite the logjam at the power forward position, Monroe was able to turn in averages of 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 steals last season. With little changing to the Pistons frontcourt, it's safe to assume Monroe will be able to return to last season's averages, and he'll be worth a mid-round selection come draft day.
Sep 5 - 6:30 PM

Andre Drummond has not been bothered by his limited role with Team USA.

"It’s fine; we’re winning basketball games, and that’s the most important part about this experience," Drummond said when asked about his reduced role. "If I don’t get the opportunity to play, the coaching staff knows what they’re doing, and it just wasn’t the right time for me to be on the court." While he's struggled to get minutes on a loaded US Team that will not be an issue when he returns to the Pistons. Drummond's fantastic sophomore campaign in which he compiled averages of 13.5 points, 13.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.6 blocks has him coming off the board in the very early rounds of drafts. Just know that Drummond is also a 41.8 percent free throw shooting, so if you take him early, punting would be advisable.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 5 - 6:22 PM

Josh Smith expects to play more PF this season and he looks "noticeably thicker in the chest and shoulders," according to Pistons writer Keith Langlois.

"I’m ready to play whatever position is asked of me," said Smith. "My main focus [this summer] was on being able to get more in the weight room and put some more muscle on my body to be able to withstand that physicality in the paint." Smith expects his primary role to be playing "in the mid-range and attacking," but it's still uncertain how coach Stan Van Gundy will mesh Smith into a frontcourt with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Barring a trade, we're likely to see all three starting followed by an overlapping substitution pattern allowing Monroe to play more C and Smith more PF.
Sep 3 - 10:53 AM

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.
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.
Aug 23 - 9:31 AM

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