Player News - Pistons

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) is on track to play Monday vs. the Kings.

Stan Van Gundy gave him the probable tag, and he looked fine while going through his pregame routine (video below), so owners can go ahead and plan on having him active for tonight's game against the Kings. Reggie Bullock will head back to the bench with KCP active, and Stanely Johnson will lose some minutes. Check back for an official update closer to tip-off.
Jan 23 - 5:33 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

He's expected to return from a four-game absence after making it though Sunday's practice. The Pistons only play twice in Week 14, so weekly owners may want to give him another week. For now, there's no word of any restrictions. With KCP expected back, Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson will lose most of their value. KCP is worth owning in all standard leagues as he posted averages of 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 triples prior to the injury.
Jan 23 - 11:37 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was able to practice on Sunday.

Coach Stan Van Gundy said he's unsure of KCP's status for Monday's game vs. the Kings, but it sounds like he's on the verge of returning from a four-game absence. If KCP is able to give it a go on Monday, both Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock will lose most of their value. KCP should be stashed in all standard leagues.
Jan 22 - 1:12 PM

Marcus Morris had a game-winning tip at the buzzer against the Wizards on Saturday, scoring 25 points with 11 rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

Marcus tipped it in over Markieff off a Tobias Harris miss to pull off the thrilling win (video in link below). As you might expect, his twin brother, Markieff, had a laugh with him after the game despite the Pistons snapping the Wizards' winning streak. Marcus is actually in one of his best grooves on the year, averaging 18.8 points, 8.0 boards, 3.0 assists and 2.0 treys over his last five. Even with those numbers, Morris is still only a seventh-round player in that span. That's pretty close to his peak value.
Source: NBA
Jan 21 - 9:34 PM

Jon Leuer came off the bench against the Wizards on Saturday, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

That's a pretty good game for Leuer after missing five. Coach Stan Van Gundy made it sound like Leuer would eventually be starting, but it actually doesn't really matter too much. The Pistons basically roll with a three-forward rotation, so the playing time will be there. Give Leuer a look if you need a big man. He has mid-round upside when he's rolling.
Jan 21 - 9:29 PM

Reggie Jackson scored 19 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

In case you missed it earlier today, coach Stan Van Gundy denied the Jackson trade rumors. "I texted Reggie and just said, 'This is crazy season, and we're not trading you for Ricky Rubio,'" Van Gundy said. In other words, it feels like the recent trade rumor is more about the Ricky Rubio side of this. Jackson hasn't really been very good for his fantasy owners, posting just ninth-round value in standard leagues in 2017. He'll be better than that, but he likely will only be in the middle rounds.
Jan 21 - 9:24 PM

Reggie Bullock scored nine points in a start against the Wizards on Saturday, adding five rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

Coach Stan Van Gundy looks to have the most trust in Bullock right now as his shooting guard while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) is out. Bullock closed this game out and played the entire fourth quarter. The bad news is Bullock had a 0.0 usage rate in that time. He's really just a desperation pickup right now in deep leagues.
Jan 21 - 9:18 PM

Jon Leuer (knee) will come off the bench against the Wizards on Saturday.

The Pistons are making a change compared to when Leuer was healthy. Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Leuer missing five games is why he's going to bring him off the bench. In other words, a good game from Leuer could get him back in the starting lineup. He's worth a look now that he's back.
Jan 21 - 4:30 PM

Reggie Bullock will start at shooting guard again on Saturday, in place of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder).

Bullock played well in a spot-start on Wednesday (15 points, six rebounds four assists and two 3-pointers in a team-high 36 minutes), but that game was also a 23-point blowout. It would be unwise to assume Bullock can match those numbers again on Saturday.
Jan 21 - 1:52 PM

Jon Leuer (knee) is listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. Washington, but will not be in the starting lineup.

It appears Leuer is ready to roll after missing each of the Pistons last five games. However, assuming he does play, coach Stan Van Gundy said that he will not start. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris will start at the forward spots. With Leuer back in the mix, Stanley Johnson's minutes will take a hit. Prior to the injury, Leuer was enjoying his best season as a pro, averaging career-highs in minutes (26.8), points (10.9) rebounds (6.1), field goal percentage (.509) and free-throw percentage (.895)
Jan 21 - 10:42 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Wizards.

This will be the fourth straight game KCP has missed. Reggie Bullock started in place of Caldwell-Pope in the Pistons previous game on Wednesday and posted a solid line (15 points, six rebounds four assists and two 3-pointers) while playing a game-high 36 minutes. Bullock will likely draw another start on Saturday. Stanley Johnson played 32 minutes off the Detroit bench on Wednesday, but will likely lose playing time to Jon Leuer (knee), who is expected to return to the team after a five-game absence.
Jan 21 - 10:40 AM

Coach Stan Van Gundy has denied an ESPN report that there are currently ongoing trade discussions with the Timberwolves involving Reggie Jackson.

Van Gundy said the organization doesn't "have a single thing under consideration." However, that's what he would be expected to say if he was trying to hammer out a deal, so conflicting reports don't tell us much. We will keep an eye on the situation. Assuming that Jackson and Ricky Rubio are the primary pieces in the deal, such a trade would not have a major impact on either player's fantasy value.
Jan 21 - 9:15 AM

The Wolves and Pistons have discussed a potential PG swap between Reggie Jackson and Ricky Rubio.

Both teams have really struggled this season so it's not a surprise that they are looking to shake things up. Both Jackson and Rubio are signed to long-term deals, so it would be a shock if they did not start on their new teams if a deal can be worked out. The two teams are in the "talking" stage for now, but we'll let you know when we learn more. Jackson's value would be safe in Minnesota and he would be a decent fit under coach Tom Thibodeau for his defensive prowess.
Jan 20 - 8:45 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was "very limited" in the Pistons practice on Friday.

Caldwell-Pope has missed three straight games, and although it was "very limited," it's somewhat encouraging that KCP practiced at all and is headed in the right direction. Nonetheless, he appears questionable (at best) for Saturday's game vs. the Wizards. If KCP can't play, expect Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson to once again soak up his minutes.
Jan 20 - 1:24 PM

Jon Leuer (knee) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

Leuer has missed five straight games, but appears to be inching closer to a return and may have a shot at returning to the lineup for Saturday's game vs. Washington. Leuer was playing well before his injury. He averaged 12.9 points (on 54.2 percent shooting) and 5.6 rebounds over 14 games in December, retuning ninth-round value. When Leuer does return, Tobias Harris may get bumped back to the bench, and Stanley Johnson will see his minutes reduced.
Jan 20 - 1:10 PM

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