Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Stan Van Gundy praised Aron Baynes for his physicality.

"[He is] a better than average rebounder and a very, very physical guy. [He's also] a great screener, a guy who will be very physical on the defensive end of the floor and that’s something we wanted to add." SVG also pointed to Baynes' ability to space the floor and convert from the free throw line as unusual and valuable qualities for a player of his size. If anything were to ever happen to Andre Drummond, Baynes would have immense fantasy value.
Aug 3 - 10:12 AM

Stan Van Gundy recently admitted that Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe "aren't the best fit."

In other words, SVG told us what we already knew. "And quite honestly as much as he is comfortable taking that shot, Greg's a pretty smart guy and he knows what his best game is. If you asked Greg what he is, Greg will tell you he's a low-post scorer and a rebounder. That's where he wants to get." With an inability from either big man to space the floor, the pairing was never going to work long-term.
Aug 3 - 10:02 AM

Danny Granger will likely be the first player to be released by the Pistons.

Stan Van Gundy has said that he wouldn't rule out the possibility of Granger sticking around, but he admitted that he has "significant health problems." Granger is well past his prime and wouldn't have a role in Detroit anyways, so it would make a lot of sense for the Pistons to move on.
Aug 2 - 11:16 AM

Steve Blake will reportedly be in front of Spencer Dinwiddie on the depth chart next season.

Reggie Jackson is basically locked in as the starter after signing a massive long-term deal this summer and Brandon Jennings will be next in line if his Achilles is ready, so Blake would likely be the third-string point guard with this news. Apart from a 3-pointer here or there, Blake won't contribute enough to matter in most fantasy leagues. Dinwiddie has potential, but he will once again be buried on the depth chart.
Aug 1 - 11:41 AM

Stan Van Gundy indicated that Stanley Johnson could play some shooting guard next season.

Johnson is certainly a versatile wing, so this is interesting to say the least. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jodie Meeks will soak up a lot of minutes at SG, but Johnson's value would see a boost if he does see some action at SG considering Marcus Morris is expected to start at SF. Johnson averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game on 57.7 percent shooting from the field during the summer league, but he is going to have to fight for his minutes during training camp. Don't be surprised if Johnson ends up playing some PF either, as it's obvious that small-ball lineups are becoming a major trend in the NBA.

Andre Drummond will attend Team USA minicamp.

Drummond has a desire to play in the 2016 Olympics, and this is the first step toward him securing a spot on the roster. It has no impact on his fantasy value.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 8:44 AM

The Pistons signed F Adonis Thomas on Thursday.

Thomas will be competing with five other guys for the two remaining open roster spots in Detroit, and it'll be interesting to see if he's able to secure a roster spot after being an All-Star for Detroit's D-League affiliate last season. Thomas appeared in just six games for the Magic and 76ers last season, compiling averages of 2.3 points and not much else. If he makes the team, he still won't be worth drafting in any league.
Jul 23 - 3:42 PM

The Pistons officially signed Stanley Johnson on Wednesday.

Johnson had a solid showing at Summer League, posting averages of 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game on 57.7 percent shooting from the field. It's been reported that Marcus Morris will be the starting small forward on opening night, which limits Johnson's upside, but nothing is set in stone and we'll be watching that position battle develop closely leading up to the regular-season.
Jul 22 - 12:54 PM

Brandon Jennings (Achilles) is progressing in his rehab, but still isn't running and may miss the start of the regular season, according to Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy.

While Jennings is aiming to be ready for the start of the regular season, Van Gundy doesn't seem to think that's a sure thing. "Obviously still not at the point of running or anything," Van Gundy said. "Can start to do a little bit more activity all the time. We're hopeful. We've still got about 14 weeks before the season opens. We've got a long time. We're hoping that he will be back and ready to play but it may not be at the beginning of the year." We'll keep an eye on Jennings' progress, but he's not much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy league drafts at this point.
Source: M Live
Jul 21 - 12:35 PM

Pistons sign G Darrun Hilliard.

The move was reported last week, but it was not finalized until today. The 38th overall pick is likely to spend time in the D-League during his rookie season.
Jul 20 - 11:54 AM

Stan Van Gundy won't rule out the possibility of Danny Granger sticking around in Detroit.

"It's trying to sort out exactly what he wants, what we want, where his health is and all that, so that'll take some time to sort through," Van Gundy said of Granger. "Obviously great respect for him as a player, and as a person (he's) everything we've heard, but he's had some significant health problems. We'll try to figure that out in the next couple of weeks." Granger has been a constant injury risk for several years now, and the Pistons' roster is starting to fill up. If Granger does end up staying with Detroit, he will have a very limited role and he won't be an option in fantasy leagues.
Source: USA Today
Jul 19 - 9:47 AM

The Pistons have officially signed the 38th overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Darrun Hilliard.

Hilliard's deal will be for three years as the becomes the fifth second round pick to sign. While Hilliard has upside, he may spend some time in the D-League if he doesn't make the Pistons final roster and can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Jul 16 - 2:45 PM

The league is unlikely to alter the rules to address the 'Hack-a-Shaq' strategy, according to commissioner Adam Silver.

There was a "strong sense" among the league's board of governors and competition committee that the rule should not be changed. Fantasy owners can feel free to punt FT percentages after drafting Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan or Dwight Howard this season, as they'll once again be parading to the line.
Jul 14 - 8:26 PM

The Pistons are hopeful that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Jennings is rehabbing his torn Achilles and is hoping to be ready for training camp, but there's a good chance he will be limited for the early part of the regular season. Jennings may not be in Detroit very long now that Reggie Jackson has signed a long-term contract with the Pistons and he'll make for a very risky draft pick for fantasy owners as he attemps to get back to full strength.
Jul 14 - 12:00 PM

The Pistons acquired Steve Blake on Monday.

He was just traded from the Blazers on draft night and now becomes the fourth point guard on the Pistons. Blake will basically just be extra depth in case Brandon Jennings (Achilles) isn't ready.
Jul 13 - 8:09 PM

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