Player News - Pistons

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Stan Van Gundy is hopeful that he'll be able to re-sign Aron Baynes as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"There are a lot of scenarios where we can bring Aron back so that’s not a done deal, but we knew the opt-out was coming," Van Gundy said. "Right now on our salary structure, if you look at where our roster is, we can’t pay him that right now and be under the tax." Baynes should be able to get an offer at around $12 million annually, so it'll be tough for Detroit to keep him based on the team's current salary structure. If Baynes isn't retained, that would open up more minutes for Boban Marjonovic.
Jun 21 - 11:27 AM

Aron Baynes has declined his $6.5 million player option for the 2017-18 season and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

Baynes is coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged 4.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 15.5 minutes off the bench. However, he has been durable, playing at least 70 games in each of the last three seasons. His new annual salary may not exceed $6 million, but Baynes should be able to secure a multi-year deal thus summer that increases his amount total guaranteed money. It is safe to assume Baynes will not re-sign with Detroit, which should open up plenty of minutes for backup center Boban Marjanovic.
Jun 20 - 9:51 AM

The NBA announced on Friday that Reggie Bullock will be suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the league's Anti-Drug Program.

Monta Ellis of the Pacers also got popped with a five-game suspension. Their suspensions will begin with the next NBA regular season game that they are eligible and physically able to play. Bullock was drafted 25th overall in 2013 and has had a disappointing career up to this point. He averaged 4.5 points (on 42.2 percent shooting) and 2.1 rebounds in 15.1 minutes last season for the Pistons, which actually represented career highs. However, this suspension is obviously a step backward.
Jun 16 - 2:08 PM

According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the Pistons are "gauging the trade market" for Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson.

With the Pistons coming off a terribly disappointing season, it's not surprising that Stan Van Gundy is considering a shakeup of his core. Both Jackson and Drummond were purportedly on the block at the trade deadline back in February as well. Jackson missed both the start and the finish of the 2016-17 campaign due to knee troubles and is set to make $51 million over the next three seasons. As a result, his trade value is limited.
Jun 9 - 11:51 AM

Mo Cheeks has been released from a Philadelphia hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Great news. Cheeks had a medical episode on an airplane on Wednesday, but there still are no details on his ailment. Hopefully, he and his family are doing well.
Jun 1 - 8:04 PM

Mo Cheeks is "doing well" after an undisclosed medical episode occurred while on a flight to Philadelphia on Wednesday, according to a team official.

He is in "good sprits" and is resting as he awaits test results at a Philadelphia hospital. The 60-year-old Thunder assistant had hip surgery in February 2016 and was away from the team for a month last season, but there's no word if this is related. He's been one of the better coaches in the NBA and his moment during a national anthem in Portland was one of the greatest pre-game moments ever.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 1 - 4:57 PM

The Pistons are reportedly open to moving their No. 12 overall pick in the upcoming draft for a proven veteran that will help them "win now."

Detroit has some solid depth in their frontcourt, but they could certainly use some more help in their backcourt, particularly at the two-spot. If the Pistons aren't able to orchestrate a draft day deal that will bring in some proven players to help them get back into the playoffs, Stan Van Gundy might want to consider moving in the other direction towards a rebuild.
May 30 - 2:46 PM

Andre Drummond said he believes the Pistons must improve their camaraderie and chemistry heading into the 2017-18 season.

Despite a disappointing 2016-17 campaign, Drummond does not feel it's necessary to overhaul the Pistons roster. "I don’t think we need to do any changes," Drummond said on Tuesday. "We had a lot of bumps in the road last season with different things going on, and it took everybody out of sync. With this summer coming up, we have to do a better job staying connected — the more stuff we do together, the better our camaraderie will be." Drummond had offseason surgery to correct a deviated septum, which he hopes will increase his energy next season.
May 19 - 1:45 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed that Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije would definitely play in the Orlando Summer League.

This was expected, as both Ellenson and Gbinije saw limited minutes as rookies during the 2016-17 regular season. They will log heavy minutes for the Pistons summer league team, hoping to prove they are ready for an expanded role in 2017-18.
May 13 - 1:58 PM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Stanley Johnson likely won't play in the Orlando Pro Summer League.

After a disappointing sophomore season, Johnson said he would be willing to play in the summer league. However, Van Gundy wants him to head down to Orlando with the team, but only practice. "I think what we might do with him is – and he talked it about when he left – go down and practice with us," Van Gundy said. "[Reggie] Bullock did it with us last year. Go down and practice, but not anything else." Johnson needs to improve his shooting and offensive efficiency if he hopes to crack the Pistons rotation and earn increased minutes next season.
May 13 - 1:57 PM

Andre Drummond, who recently had surgery to correct a deviated septum, may have to wear a mask to protect his nose next season.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Drummond may now be more prone to a broken nose a result of the surgery. "The only thing is there’s a little bit of a chance that it makes you more susceptible to breaks, which he knew going, which means he may have to wear a mask, at times," said Van Gundy. Drummond initially suffered the injury in college at UConn and re-aggravated the injury going into his second season. Drummond is hopeful that the corrective surgery will allow him to have increased energy next season and beyond.
May 13 - 1:28 PM

Andre Drummond (nose) will be cleared for full basketball activities in a month.

He recently had surgery to repair a deviated septum, as he's been breathing through just one nostril for his entire pro career. He said that the issue was at it's worst this season, and while it's probably not an excuse for his down year in 2016-17, it certainly didn't help. "This season was probably my toughest breathing year for me," Drummond said. "It got progressively worse. My allergies were really bad and it was really hard for me to get that wind out there." Drummond said he's eager to get his career back on track and that he plans on "attacking" his offseason workouts and work on his free throw shooting.
May 7 - 11:27 AM

Andre Drummond told reporters that he recently had surgery to repair a deviated septum.

Drummond said that he has been suffering through the injury since his college days at the Unversity of Connecticut and that he has been "basically breathing through one nostril his entire pro career." He added that he has noticed a real difference since playing after having the surgery. Drummond will be looking to bounce back next season from a relatively disappointing 2016-17 campaign. Unfortunately, the surgery likely won't improve his free throw shooting.
May 6 - 1:53 PM

Joe Dumars and David Griffin are expected to emerge as candidates in the Hawks' search for a new lead front-office voice, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Hawks announced they were restructuring their front office earlier this week. Mike Budenholzer gave up his title of president of basketball operations but will remain as head coach. Wes Wilcox will no longer serve as general manager. The Hawks are looking to hire a new GM, whom both Budenholzer and Wilcox will report to. Dumars, who previously served as the Pistons GM, played alongside Hawks minority owner Grant Hill in Detroit.
May 6 - 10:30 AM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said that the Pistons want to get Boban Marjanovic more involved in the offense next season.

"This is a fault of ours that we really didn’t build anything around [Marjanovic], either offensively or defensively," Van Gundy said last month. "We have to do some defensive things to help him and we’ve got to get him the ball even more offensively, but he was our third center, so we didn’t build enough around him. Certainly we will, going forward." With Aron Baynes expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, Boban will likely see a significant increase in minutes as Andre Drummond's backup next season.
May 6 - 9:55 AM


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