Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Ray McCallum is expected to sign with the Pistons.

Detroit has been in the market for a third-string point guard, but McCallum would have to beat out Lorenzo Brown in order to take that job. Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith are locked in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on the depth chart. There is no fantasy spin here.
Jul 25 - 12:52 PM

The Pistons have officially signed Henry Ellenson.

This move comes as no surprise after Detroit used the 18th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft on the Ellenson, but he is now officially a member of the Pistons. Head coach Stan Van Gundy has hinted that the Ellenson may not be a big part of the Pistons rotation this season, so the rookie can be ignored in fantasy leagues for now.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 19 - 11:48 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope isn't worrying about a potential contract extension and is focusing on the 2016-17 season.

KCP will become a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season if he doesn't sign an extension, but his contract isn't on his mind. "I haven’t thought about it," Caldwell-Pope said. "I’m focusing this summer on getting better, and let my agent handle all that. I haven’t even talked to my agent about that. I’m just working on my game for next season." The 23-year-old averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers last season and is worth a later-round pick in standard fantasy leagues as he should see big minutes in 2016-17.
Jul 19 - 9:47 AM

Darrun Hilliard (back) is still a few weeks away from resuming basketball activities, according to Stan Van Gundy.

It was initially reported that Hilliard suffered a stress fracture in his lower back, but an MRI cleared him of structural damage and it sounds like he'll be healthy for training camp. Hilliard should earn a spot in the rotation this season but his fantasy appeal is scant with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope playing huge minutes as Detroit's starting SG.
Jul 17 - 9:30 AM

Stan Van Gundy suggested that the Pistons will guarantee Lorenzo Brown's $1 million contract for the 2016-17 season.

The Pistons want to maximize their future cap space to retain Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, so they can only offer veteran PGs a minimum, one-year deal. "We’ve got Lorenzo Brown under contract and I was impressed with what he did in Orlando," said Van Gundy. "It’s very possible that the 15 guys we have now – including Lorenzo – are the 15 guys we’ll go into the season with." Even if he does make the cut, Brown is buried behind Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith on the depth chart.
Jul 17 - 9:26 AM

Andre Drummond has officially signed his five-year extension with the Pistons worth $130 million.

"Re-signing Andre was a top priority for us this offseason," said Stan Van Gundy. "The offensive and defensive numbers speak for themselves, but more importantly, his commitment to the organization has allowed us to put together a young group of players that will grow together and continue to move the franchise forward." After averaging 16.2 points, 14.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game last season, Drummond will be a valid first-round target for those punting free throws.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 15 - 12:54 PM

The Pistons have officially signed Michael Gbinije.

Gbinije wll miss the rest of summer league as he deals with a sprained right ankle, but he'll have a chance to earn a roster spot as a backup point guard once he's healthy. Even if the 24-year-old is able to play his way onto the Pistons roster, he won't see enough minutes to matter in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 14 - 1:42 PM

Pistons waive F/C Joel Anthony.

This was an expected move. Anthony was let go in order to make room for Boban Marjanovic. With Andre Drummond and Aron Baynes already in the fold, Detroit may now boast the most intimidating center rotation in the NBA.
Jul 11 - 11:58 AM

Pistons sign C Boban Marjanovic.

The Spurs declined to match the three-year, $21M offer sheet Detroit presented to Marjanovic, so the 7'3" giant will continue his NBA career in the Motor City. Under Stan Van Gundy, the big man will serve as a backup behind both Andre Drummond and Aron Baynes, so there's not a lot to get excited about regarding his fantasy potential. At least Detroit's garbage time minutes just got a whole lot more interesting. In a related move, the Pistons have waived both Cameron Bairstow and Joel Anthony.
Jul 11 - 11:55 AM

Jon Leuer believes he'll be a good fit with the Pistons.

"I just thought it would be a great place to develop and continue to grow my game with the system that is in place here," he said. "I feel like my ability to shoot and put the ball on the floor, to make plays for myself and for my teammates, I’d be able to do that here. And on the other end, guarding bigger guys, small guys, I feel like I can do that and help this team win and be part of a team that’s building something special here." The 27-year-old shooter is expected to see his minutes at power forward behind Tobias Harris.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 11 - 11:50 AM

Stan Van Gundy said there hasn't been any progress on a contract extension for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

"He’s a guy we consider part of our core and would love to have long-term," Van Gundy said. KCP had a huge role under SVG last season, averaging 14.5 points, 3.7 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.5 3-pointers on 42.0 percent shooting. He was fourth in the NBA with an average of 36.7 minutes per game, and considering the Pistons didn't add any competition at shooting guard, he should see a similar role in 2016-17. If the Pistons and KCP don't agree on an extension, he will be a restricted free agent next summer.
Jul 9 - 12:50 PM

Stan Van Gundy confirmed that Jon Leuer will be in front of Henry Ellenson on the depth chart.

The Pistons signed Leuer to a four-year, $42 million deal, so obviously they're going to play him if he's getting that much money. Leuer averaged 8.5 points, 5.6 boards, 1.1 assists and 0.6 3-pointers in 18.7 minutes per game for the Suns last season and could see a similar role in Detroit behind Tobias Harris.
Jul 9 - 12:00 PM

Henry Ellenson scored 22 points with 11 rebounds, two treys and two turnovers in 36 minutes on Friday.

He was only averaging 10.0 points per game prior to Friday, so this was easily his best performance of the tournament. Stan Van Gundy has already hinted that Ellenson won't be a big part of the rotation during his rookie season, and it doesn't help that he's projected to be behind Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer on the depth chart.
Jul 8 - 2:06 PM

Michael Gbinije (sprained right ankle) will be cleared to play in one week.

Stan Van Gundy said that Gbinije will continue to rehab this week and will then join the Nigerian National Team in Vegas. At best, Gbinije will be the third-string PG in Detroit.
Jul 8 - 2:00 PM

Darrun Hilliard said that an MRI and X-Ray confirmed that he doesn't have a stress fracture in his lower back.

The injury forced him to miss the summer league, but it's not as bad as originally thought. Hilliard will still have a bone scan to confirm the good news, but no timetable has been set for his return. The second year player likely won't be in the rotation at the start of the season.
Jul 8 - 1:58 PM


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