Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Reggie Jackson (ankle) said he "ramped up a little more" in practice on Tuesday.

He said his ankle feels great and he feels good overall. It's been a bit of a mixed bag on R-Jax's health with the guard himself saying he's day-to-day, but then Ed Stefanski said Jackson Is "fully healed" for camp. For now, it doesn't sound like he's 100 percent back and the Pistons may opt to lower his minutes in the preseason. He's a dicey pick late in drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 4:37 PM

Luke Kennard (knee) was a full participant in practice on Tuesday.

A knee strain caused Kennard to miss summer league and it limited him in the offseason. Just before the injury, there was talk of Kennard shifting over to playing point guard and there was some buzz about him from the coaching staff. That'll be something to watch in the preseason, but for now he's not someone fantasy owners should draft in most leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 4:32 PM

Khyri Thomas was a full participant in practice on Tuesday.

He was limited in some offseason workouts, but Thomas sounds like he's close to 100 percent. He's a little undersized at 6'3", but Thomas has some upside as a strong perimeter defender. He's not on the fantasy radar just yet.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 4:28 PM

Stanley Johnson said he spent "the lion's share" of his summer working on his 3-pointers.

He was also asked if he think a potential contract extension will affect his thinking, and he said no. This is basically a make-or-break year for Johnson and maybe coach Dwane Casey can get something out of him. Johnson was a disaster on pull-up treys at just 13.3 percent last year, and he wasn't good on catch-and-shoot either at just 31.6%. For now, he's not worth drafting unless he shows out in preseason.
Sep 24 - 5:22 PM

Jon Leuer (right knee surgery) said his rehab has been going well and his goal is to get back to the court for Detroit's final preseason game.

"Everything is progressing well in the rehab," said Leuer. "My goal is to be back before the first game, hopefully, the last preseason game." Leuer is still recovering from an August surgery, but it sounds like he'll be ready close to the start of the season. However, he's buried on the depth chart in Detroit and should not be targeted in any setting.
Sep 24 - 3:44 PM

Andre Drummond said he wants to be in the top-5 in blocked shots this season.

Drummond ranked No. 9 overall in blocks per game last year with 1.6, which was a nice bounce-back following the 1.1 blocks per game he put up during the 2016-17 campaign, but if he could return to the 1.9-2.0 range that would be a huge boon to his value. Drummond also reaffirmed that he'll be incorporating a 3-point shot into his game this season, and depending on how many he attempts, that could hurt his FG% a bit.
Sep 24 - 2:29 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said Andre Drummond will have the green light from beyond the arc.

"Two, three 3-pointers per game is not out of the question," Casey added. Drummond reportedly made 200 corner triples every day this summer, but we won't have to wait long to see if this 3-point shot is legit with preseason just around the corner. Drummond's excellent FG% is a big part of his fantasy value, so hopefully he doesn't get carried away.
Sep 24 - 1:37 PM

Reggie Jackson's ankle is "fully healed" according to Pistons senior adviser Ed Stefanski.

"We did an MRI a couple weeks ago. It was perfect," Stefanski added. "Now, it's just basketball shape...hoping to get him ready to go opening night." He had a "minor procedure" on his right ankle over the offseason and has had some tough luck with injuries over the last few years. If he's not ready in time for opening night, Ish Smith would be an interesting add for any owner in need of dimes.
Sep 24 - 1:13 PM

Chris McCullough has reportedly signed a training camp deal with the Pistons.

The Pistons don't have a ton of depth at the power forward spot, so maybe McCullough makes the team. He'll be irrelevant in fantasy hoops, though.
Sep 23 - 5:22 PM

Reggie Jackson had a "minor procedure" on his right ankle over the offseason.

His ankle cost him 37 games last season and now we're learning that he's been sidelined for most of the offseason because of this. Jackson did say he's day-to-day, but it doesn't sound like he's a lock for camp by any means. "It actually feels good. I feel like I can cut again," Jackson said. "Once I get going fully, just see how it feels. But it feels night and day compared to last year." We'll take him at his word, but if he's not right for the season opener Ish Smith will get an opportunity to run the point for the first unit.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 20 - 9:56 AM

Reggie Jackson (ankle) said he is day-to-day.

"I’ve been nursing injuries, and they’re nagging, but it’s part of the career, part of life," Jackson said on Wednesday. He didn't provide many details, but said it's still a rehab process. Jackson was able to return from his ankle sprain for 12 games last season and he may not have been 100 percent, but it sounds like he may be limited in the preseason. Ish Smith makes sense as a late-round flier for now, and maybe Luke Kennard can get some PG minutes.
Sep 19 - 4:50 PM

Stanley Johnson, who will be a restricted free agent next summer, will need to take a major step forward this season to prove his worth to Detroit management.

Johnson is a plus-defender, but his lack of a consistent jumper (37.0% career shooter) seriously limits his upside. There's a chance he'll be able to turn things around this season, operating under new management, but the new front office in Detroit will also feel no need to extend a qualifying offer if he can't put it all together this year. He'll compete for the starting small forward position with Glenn Robinson III at camp, but he's not on the radar.
Sep 19 - 10:55 AM

Henry Ellenson scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in America's victory over Uruguay in the World Cup qualifiers on Friday.

Ellenson was 4-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. He added one steal and an assist. 2018-19 will be an important season for Ellenson, as he needs to make significant strides to prove to the Pistons that he can be an important piece of the franchise's future.
Source: USAB.com
Sep 15 - 9:23 AM

Glenn Robinson III said he's jumping as high as he did in college, and recently touched 12 feet, two inches.

Coach Dwane Casey called GR3 at 12:01 when free agency started, so that explains why the two sides came to terms on July 1. Robinson also mentioned that he likes how the Pistons will spread their offense out more, and he expects to be a defense-first player at the three. If Stanley Johnson can't get it going again, maybe Robinson III can find himself getting minutes in the 20s consistently.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 13 - 11:43 AM

Coach Dwane Casey reportedly plans on having Blake Griffin bring the ball up the court more often.

Griffin was never able to get fully comfortable in Detroit last season after the Clippers traded him to the Pistons in February. However, Detroit feels new coach Dwane Casey can put him positions to maximize his prodigious talent. It appears that may include having Griffin bring the ball up the floor on occasion and trigger the offense. "Griffin is a very impressive player," said Casey. "He can put the ball on the floor. We don't have to talk about the athleticism, how he scores. I think he's going to have a real big year. He told me this is the first summer he wasn't nursing any injury."
Source: M Live
Sep 1 - 11:20 AM


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