Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Pistons owner Tom Gores and President/Coach Stan Van Gundy will meet next week to discuss Van Gundy's future, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Things are not going well for the Pistons right now and they've missed on basically every draft pick since SVG took over, especially taking Luke Kennard over Donovan Mitchell. Van Gundy has one year left on his contract, so it's possible they part ways.
Apr 19 - 9:18 PM

Free agent Anthony Tolliver said he would prefer to return to the Detroit next season, but is uncertain of where he will wind up.

Tolliver played a larger role than expected in 2017-18, due primarily to injuries to Jon Leuer and Blake Griffin. Over the final ten games of the season, Tolliver averaged 7.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 treys. "This is where I call home. I've been here longer than anywhere else in my career and would love to keep that going," Tolliver said near the end of the season. "But at the end of the day, got to see what's up this summer. You never know what teams are going to do, what organizations are going to do."
Source: M Live
Apr 17 - 10:22 AM

Henry Ellenson went out on a high-note Wednesday, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

Andre Drummond (Achilles), Blake Griffin (ankle) and Reggie Bullock (knee) were out tonight, so the reserves got plenty of run. The focus now shifts to coach Stan Van Gundy's future, and he received tepid support from owner Tom Gores this week. "We got to make some changes," Gores said. "I’m just not sure what [the changes] are ... so I need to hear from Stan." No matter who is coaching Detroit next year, it'll be hard for Ellenson to hold fantasy value while Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin are around.
Apr 11 - 10:32 PM

Eric Moreland racked up multiple career-highs on Wednesday with 16 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks in 41 minutes of action.

Moreland was filling in for Andre Drummond (Achilles) in the Pistons' final game of the season, and he took full advantage of the extra run, resulting in his second career double-double. The rebounds and defensive stats probably won some matchups for owners who streamed him, and it's a terrific way to end his season. Assuming the Pistons guarantee his $1.8 million salary, though, it'll be hard to find daylight in the frontcourt.
Apr 11 - 10:31 PM

Luke Kennard scored a career-high 23 points on Wednesday, making 8-of-14 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with five rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers and one steal.

Kennard closes the season on a tear over the past three games, averaging 20.3 points on 53.9% shooting, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals. The supporting stats are crucial and would give Kennard another dimension as a fantasy asset, although he's done little to make us think the recent surge is sustainable. We'll keep a close eye on his progress throughout the offseason.
Apr 11 - 10:31 PM

Eric Moreland getting the start vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin are not playing in this game, so there are a lot of frontcourt minutes available. Henry Ellenson should still see a ton of minutes off the bench, especially with the Bulls having a smaller second unit.
Apr 11 - 7:25 PM

Dwight Buycks (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Bulls.

He's a non-factor in the rotation, so his absence from the active roster is meaningless in fantasy hoops.
Apr 11 - 12:36 PM

Blake Griffin (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Bulls, as expected.

There's zero incentive for Griffin to get out there and risk a setback with his ankle issue with nothing to play for, and with both him and Andre Drummond (Achilles) watching from the sidelines tonight, Henry Ellenson might be able to flirt with minutes in the 30s. Griffin was okay through 25 games iwth the Pistons, churning out averages of 19.8 points, 6.6 boards, 6.2 dimes and 1.9 triples per contest on 43.3% shooting, but adding some shooting to Detroit's backcourt this summer could really help improve Griffin's shooting percentage.
Apr 11 - 12:35 PM

Andre Drummond (Achilles), Blake Griffin (ankle) and Dwight Buycks (rest) will not play in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Bulls.

This game is meaningless, so there's no incentive for any of these guys to get out there tonight. Eric Moreland and Anthony Tolliver should be looking at another start tonight, and Henry Ellenson might finally get his time to shine. Buycks wasn't in the rotation, so his absence will not have an impact in fantasy hoops.

Andre Drummond (Achilles) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

Drummond sat out Monday's loss to the Raptors, and the Pistons have no incentive to play him on Wednesday either unless he is 100 percent healthy. Eric Moreland started Monday vs. Toronto and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in 32 minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 10 - 1:41 PM

Eric Moreland started on Monday and had 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block on 5-of-6 shooting in 32 minutes.

He had a double-double earlier this season, but the 11 points are a season high. Andre Drummond was out with an achilles injury and if he sits out Wednesday's finale and Moreland starts again, he'll be worth a look in fantasy on the final day of the season.
Apr 9 - 9:20 PM

Luke Kennard started on Monday and hit 7-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 34 minutes.

The 20 points tied his season high and he scored 18 points with four 3-pointers and four assists on Sunday. If you picked him up for the stretch run he's come through in the last week and will try to keep it going in Sunday's finale against the Bulls.
Apr 9 - 9:18 PM

Reggie Jackson played through an illness again on Monday and hit 7-of-18 shots for 16 points, nine assists and a steal in 34 minutes of a 108-98 loss to the Raptors.

He played through the illness on Sunday and looked to be feeling much better tonight. We'll have to see if the Pistons play him in the finale on Wednesday against the Bulls, but indications are that he will play in that one.
Apr 9 - 9:15 PM

Eric Moreland will start Monday vs. the Raptors, with Andre Drummond (Achilles) unavailable.

Joining Moreland in the starting five will be Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson and Anthony Tolliver. In Moreland's previous start this season, he finished with eight points, eight boards, four dimes, two steals and a block, so he could be someone to think about streaming.

Andre Drummond (Achilles) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Raptors.

Drummond does not have a history of Achilles issues, but the Pistons are on the second leg of a back-to-back set, and there's zero incentive for Drummond to push through anything with the playoffs no longer a reality. The Pistons will be very thin up front tonight with Blake Griffin (ankle) also unavailable, so there will be plenty of minutes for guys like Henry Ellenson, Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland. Reggie Jackson will be very busy on offense in this one.


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