Player News - Pistons

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Detroit management thinks Jodie Meeks is more than just a shooter.

"Players like Jodie take a lot of pride in developing other parts of their game. That’s something that’s driven his progress," Pistons' GM Jeff Bower said. "He’s worked hard to become an adequate defender... The ability to make plays and put other people in position to be successful is something his unselfish nature just lends itself to. And, lastly, no dominant inside attack can be as potent without the play in the backcourt, either through spacing the floor or creating an inside-out threat. All of those things aren’t lost on Jodie and he has impact in all of those areas."
Source: NBA.com
Jul 28 - 4:04 PM

With Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge all electing to sit out the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Andre Drummond is a near lock to make the U.S. national team.

"He’s a big, strong, young man with a terrific future, and he’s got a great attitude to go along with it," U.S. managing director Jerry Colangelo said of Drummond recently. "Because size is important in international play, his rebounding, his shot-blocking ability makes him a candidate. It’ll be interesting to see how much he’s progressed since we saw him last when we had our camp last year." Drummond gives the U.S. some much-needed size, and it would be shocking to see him not make the team.
Jul 27 - 1:43 PM

Charlie Villanueva said the "road has come to an end" in Detroit.

He signed a five-year, $35 million deal back in 2009 and played just 9.0 minutes per game last season, so that contract wasn't exactly former general manager Joe Dumars' best move. Villanueva will likely sign somewhere, but it's almost certain he won't see major minutes out of the gate.
Jul 26 - 9:44 AM

The Pistons have been pleased with the progress they've seen in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

"The composure, the confidence he was able to demonstrate [during Summer League] are big signs of progress," said Pistons GM Jeff Bower. "I think the important thing for him moving forward is to understand how many ways he can impact the game. It’s not all going to be based on scoring the ball or shooting the ball. His feet are extremely quick and his body balance and ability to get into passing lanes are all weapons that, if demonstrated consistently, can really help build a strong defensive unit." KCP was one of the best players on the court during Orlando Summer League, averaging 24 points a game to go along with 7.4 rebounds and nearly two steals. Caldwell-Pope will be competing for minutes with Jodie Meeks, and we'll need to see more than just a strong Summer League showing before we bump him up too much, but he is moving in the right direction.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 4:57 PM

Pistons waive C Josh Harrellson.

This move is to pave the way for Caron Butler, but Harrellson's knee injury last season didn't give him much of a chance to stay with Detroit.
Jul 22 - 11:18 PM

The Pistons have signed Spencer Dinwiddie to a three-year deal.

An ACL tear ended his time at Colorado, but Dinwiddie is a very interesting case. On top of turning down a chance to go to Harvard, Dinwiddie has a nice skill set and could crack the rotation as soon as he's healthy. He's a first-round talent and we'll be watching his rehab leading into training camp.
Jul 21 - 8:14 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy assured Josh Smith "he's likely to remain with the Pistons," according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Kings are reportedly after Josh Smith, but nothing is imminent. The Pistons still haven't made a decision on Greg Monroe, but he should sign an offer sheet in the very near future. Chances are both Monroe and Smith won't be back next season.
Jul 21 - 2:02 PM

The Suns are looking into signing restricted free agent Greg Monroe to an offer sheet.

This could just be a leverage move by the Suns in talks with Eric Bledsoe, or it would make sense to add a guy like Monroe. The Suns only have Miles Plumlee at center right now with Alex Len unable to stay healthy, so Monroe would give them added size. He thrives around the rim, which would complement the backcourt-heavy attack of Phoenix.
Jul 21 - 10:52 AM

There are "no legs" on a deal involving Josh Smith being sent to the Kings, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Kings sound interested in Smith because they need a power forward, but they don't have much to offer in return. Smith isn't a great fit with the Pistons and coach Stan Van Gundy's system, so the right deal would certainly get it done.
Jul 19 - 10:16 AM

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has met with Josh Smith, but wouldn't make any promises about keeping him.

The Pistons have reportedly re-opened discussions on a trade that would send Smith to the Sacramento Kings to play alongside Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. While it's currently unclear what the Pistons would get back in this scenario, Van Gundy reportedly wants good value in return in addition to moving Smith's albatross of a contract. A frontcourt of Gay, Smith, and Cousins would have a wide range of potential outcomes, but Smith struggled in his first season in Detroit and a move to Sacramento would likely help Smith improve his 2013-14 averages of 16.4 points, 6.8 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks while shooting a career-low 41.9% from the field.
Jul 17 - 11:01 AM

The Pistons reportedly discussed sign-and-trade options with the Trail Blazers that would have sent Greg Monroe to Portland.

While the talks were reportedly serious, the Blazers ultimately decided to pull themselves out of the race to land Monroe after they signed Chris Kaman to play alongside Robin Lopez. The market for Monroe has been slow, but a new suitor may emerge now that the big names like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have signed. The 24-year-old averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 2014-15, but would likely seen an uptick in value with a change of scenery.
Source: ESPN
Jul 17 - 10:21 AM

ESPN is reporting that the Pistons and Kings are talking about a trade for Josh Smith again and are shopping for a third team to join the party, which might be the Rockets, according to rumors on Twitter.

Whether Smith can perform/exist alongside DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay is a big question, but it doesn't sound like the Kings would have to part with any key components to get him. You also have to think the Kings are still interested in acquiring Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who happens to be good buddies with Smith. If the Pistons can manage to ship Smoove out of town, it would open things up for Greg Monroe, as well. As of right now it appears that these are just preliminary discussions, but you have to think the Pistons are highly motivated to move Smith, and the Kings would look formidable on paper with a front line of Smith, Cousins and Gay.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 1:44 AM

Updating a previous report, the Pistons and free agent Caron Butler have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth about $9 million.

The second year is a team option. Detroit's new president/coach Stan Van Gundy isn't messing around in free agency, as all four of his signings have been for guards and swingmen who can stretch the court to the 3-point line. CB notched 10.5 points per game last year with 45.8 percent of his shot attempts coming from downtown, but the 12-year veteran is strictly a specialist in fantasy leagues. His signing also leaves the Pistons with a glut at SG/SF and it's increasingly clear that either Josh Smith or Greg Monroe will have to be jettisoned before long.
Jul 13 - 9:40 PM

Free agent D.J. Augustin will sign with the Pistons on a two-year deal worth $6 million, according to TNT's David Aldridge.

The free agent market for PGs is thinning out quickly, as guys like Kirk Hinrich, Mario Chalmers, Brian Roberts and Augustin all agreed to terms on Sunday. Detroit already has Will Bynum and Peyton Siva on their roster behind starter Brandon Jennings, and they're stocked with SGs, so it's hard to envision Augustin recapturing the career-high 14.9 points per game he averaged with Chicago last season. Stan Van Gundy came into free agency with a priority on shooting, particularly from the beyond the arc, and he's splurged on deals for Jodie Meeks, Cartier Martin and Augustin.
Jul 13 - 9:34 PM

The Hornets have reportedly expressed interest in free agent PG D.J. Augustin.

The Mavericks are also still interested in Augustin despite reaching an agreement with Devin Harris, as they seem reasonably leery of relying too heavily on Raymond Felton at PG. Augustin thrived with Chicago last season, averaging 14.9 points and 5.0 assists, but he'll likely fill a backup role no matter where he signs and those numbers should be viewed as his ceiling.
Jul 12 - 11:11 AM


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