Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Quincy Miller broke his nose on Wednesday, leaving his status uncertain for the Summer League opener on Saturday.

Miller is going to have to fight for his minutes in Detroit with the likes of Marcus Morris, Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock, so he won't be a major part of the rotation. He's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 2 - 6:59 PM

The Pistons have yet to decide if they will retain Danny Granger.

Detroit could waive him, package him in another deal, or just keep him to add some depth to the roster. It's unclear if he'll be on the Pistons opening night roster, but what is clear is that he'll be a negligible option in standard fantasy leagues regardless of where he winds up.
Jul 2 - 4:28 PM

Reggie Bullock has been traded to the Pistons for some future draft picks.

Bullock will compete for playing time with the likes of Marcus Morris and Stanley Johnson in Detroit, but if he can get his minutes, he could be a very interesting guy to watch. We'll be following Stan Van Gundy's rotations very closely leading up to the regular-season, but Bullock may not make the team.
Jul 2 - 3:47 PM

Danny Granger was traded to the Pistons as part of Thursday's three-player deal with the Suns.

This was a pure salary-dump for Phoenix as they attempt to clear space for LaMarcus Aldridge, as Detroit reportedly only sent back a 2020 second-round pick. Granger may get some minutes as a 3-point gunner off Stan Van Gundy's bench, but he's not a guy to bother with in fantasy drafts.
Jul 2 - 3:45 PM

Marcus Morris, Danny Granger and Reggie Bullock have been traded to the Pistons for future draft picks.

The Suns will receive a 2020 second-round draft pick, so this is obviously a salary-shedding move for Phoenix, as they set their sights on LaMarcus Aldridge. The Pistons reportedly made this move to insert Morris into the starting lineup at the small forward position, so he should see a bump in fantasy value in Detroit. However, Morris isn't a great rebounder, and doesn't bring a lot to the defensive categories, so he likely won't be much more than a 3-point specialist. Additionally, Morris' arrival really hurts the value of Stanley Johnson.

Aron Baynes has reportedly struck a verbal agreement with the Detroit Pistons on a three-year deal.

Let the games begin. Baynes comes to Detroit not as a conquerer, but as a liberator after averaging 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game with the Spurs during the 2014-15 season. Baynes will provide Detroit with solid frontcourt depth, but won't come close to replacing what the Pistons lost when Greg Monroe signed with the Bucks and can be ignored outside of deeper fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 1:28 PM

The Cavaliers have reached out to free agent Tayshaun Prince.

The 35-year-old Prince could give a contending team some reliable depth, but his days of being a fantasy factor are long gone. He posted a paltry Player Efficiency Rating of 12.0 during the 2014-15 season, the fourth straight year he's been far below the league average.
Jul 1 - 12:46 AM

Andre Drummond wants to sign an extension with the Pistons this offseason, a source told the Detroit Free Press.

Drummond, still on his rookie deal, is eligible to sign a long-term extension, and with the Pistons planning to build around him for the foreseeable future under Stan Van Gundy, the two sides shouldn't have much of an issue in terms of finding common ground when it's time to sit at the negotiating table.
Jun 29 - 1:27 PM

The Pistons want to re-sign Joel Anthony this offseason.

This is Anthony's first blurb in three months, an indication of his fantasy value. "Obviously we can't negotiate with him yet, we can't talk money," Van Gundy said. "I talked to him (Friday). Again, we've told him consistently we would like to have him back."
Jun 29 - 9:25 AM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said he selected Stanley Johnson with the eighth pick because of his mentality.

"The more we talked to people, we became very confident that this is a guy who's driven to being great — not just talking about it, but will put in the work to do it," Van Gundy said. Johnson is potentially in a really great spot. SVG's system desperately needs a small forward and Johnson could wind up being a terrific fit, especially if he can extend his range. He could be valuable in Dynasty leagues.
Jun 27 - 7:49 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons will target two unrestricted free agent small forwards and look at the restricted ones next.

The Pistons just picked up Stanley Johnson with the eighth pick, but they still need some serious help there. Plus, Johnson is a bit more raw than most top-10 forwards -- he has a high ceiling with his prototype frame, though. As far as the reasonably attainable UFA SFs go, DeMarre Carroll is at the top of the list.
Jun 27 - 3:14 PM

The Pistons will fully guarantee Anthony Tolliver's $3 million contract for next season.

The Pistons are going to have a bunch of different pieces on their team next season and Tolliver will continue to be a backup. As long as the Pistons are healthy, he won't get much run.
Jun 26 - 5:25 PM

The Pistons took SG Darrun Hilliard from Villanova with the 38th pick of the draft.

He was named the Philadelphia Big Five player of the year as a Villanova senior after averaging 14.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He shot 38 percent from 3-point range and 79 percent from the foul line and will give the Pistons another option on the wing, although he may struggle to even make the team.
Jun 25 - 11:28 PM

With the eighth pick in the NBA Draft, the Pistons selected Arizona SF Stanley Johnson.

Johnson is a prototypical small forward at 6’7" and 245 pounds with a seven-foot wingspan. He posted a solid 14.1 total rebounding rate during his lone NCAA season and shot 37.1 percent from deep, making him a well-rounded addition to the Pistons' roster. Detroit acquired Ersan Ilyasova as insurance if they lose Greg Monroe in free agency, and they have both Brandon Jennings and Reggie Jackson in the backcourt, so it makes sense that they targeted a wing player in the lottery -- after all, they finished last season with Tayshaun Prince as a starter. We'll keep a very close eye on Johnson's role throughout the preseason, but right now he looks like a default starter.
Jun 25 - 8:30 PM

Brandon Jennings (Achilles) expects to meet his goal of being ready for training camp on September 1, according to a source of Marc J. Spears.

Jennings tore his Achilles back in January, but reports on his recovery have been positive up to this point. He'll be in a contract year next season, but coming off a major injury in addition to having to split a backcourt with Reggie Jackson (if Jackson is retained as a restricted free agent), will make him a very risky target in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jun 25 - 5:59 PM


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