Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Aron Baynes (illness) played five minutes off the bench on Thursday finishing with zero points and a steal.

He wasn't feeling 100 percent, but as long as Andre Drummond and Jon Leuer are healthy, Baynes isn't going to be much of a factor for Detroit.
Feb 23 - 11:30 PM

Ish Smith came off the bench and hit just 2-of-12 shots for five points on Thursday, but also handed out 16 assists to tie his career high and helped the Pistons overcome an 18-point deficit to beat the Hornets 114-108 in overtime.

Smith clearly outplayed starter Reggie Jackson and got 33 minutes, finishing with a +/- of +20, while Jackson's number was a -20. Smith also got a bulk of the minutes tonight and it's clear by all the trade chatter that Stan Van Gundy was hoping to get rid of Jackson at the trade deadline. As of now, Jackson is still the starting point guard, but Smith should be picked up in most fantasy leagues in case SVG makes a move after tonight's performance.
Feb 23 - 10:50 PM

Tobias Harris hit 9-of-17 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block in 37 minutes off the bench on Thursday.

That's more like it! Harris has been in a bit of a funk this month and the 25 points were his most since he scored 25 way back on Jan. 5. Despite the recent struggles he's been shooting it well and should continue to play a huge role for the Pistons off the bench.
Feb 23 - 10:33 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went off on Thursday, hitting 11-of-25 shots and seven 3-pointers on his way to 33 points, nine rebounds and three assists in 43 minutes of a 114-108 overtime win against the Hornets.

This wasn't a season high for KCP, but it was easily one of the best games of his career, as he and Kemba Walker went head-to-head down the stretch and matched either other with big shot after big shot. KCP's 3-pointer with 18 seconds left ended up sending the game to overtime, where the Pistons coasted. Stan Van Gundy loves him and the trade deadline is over, so hopefully KCP will continue to play well over the last few weeks of the season.
Feb 23 - 10:29 PM

Reggie Jackson hit just 1-of-6 shots for four points and four assists in just 20 minutes of Thursday's 114-108 OT win over the Hornets.

Jackson had a bad night, helping to dig his team into an early 18-point hole, finishing the game with a +/- of -14, and watching his backup hand out 16 assists and help bring the Pistons back for one of the best wins of their season. Add in the fact that Stan Van Gundy was trying really hard to move Jackson at the deadline, and the future is up in the air here. Just keep in mind that it's only one game and Jackson is still the starter, for now, so don't do anything drastic with him. But if you have room to pick up Smith without dropping anyone too valuable, now looks like the time to make your move.
Feb 23 - 10:24 PM

Jon Leuer hit just 5-of-14 shots for 10 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 41 minutes of Thursday's 114-108 overtime win against the Hornets.

The minutes and shots were there tonight, as usual, but they just weren't falling. With the exception of a two-point dud on Feb. 12, Leuer has played very well during most of February, and his rebounds have been up over his last three games (9.3). He appears to be locked into the starting power forward job the rest of the way and deserves to be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Feb 23 - 10:19 PM

Aron Baynes (illness) will play vs. the Hornets on Thursday.

Baynes was sick during the break but he's well enough to suit up against Charlotte's depleted frontcourt tonight. Unfortunately for Baynes, he wasn't traded to a better situation and is still just a deep-league handcuff while Andre Drummond and Jon Leuer are healthy.
Feb 23 - 7:08 PM

Aron Baynes (illness) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Hornets.

Baynes has an expiring contract, so he's a trade candidate as well. If Baynes remains in Detroit past the deadline and sits out tonight, Andre Drummond will have a higher floor and we could see more of Boban Marjanovic and Jon Leuer.
Feb 23 - 11:40 AM

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today is hearing that Reggie Jackson likely won't go anywhere at the deadline.

The Pistons have a high asking price, yet Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported on Wednesday night that a lot of teams don't view Jackson as a starter. Unless the rumors ramp up, Ish Smith is losing some stash appeal with a Jackson trade looking unlikely. According to Chris Mannix of The Vertical, the Pistons will continue to aggressively shop him and they are looking for a first-round pick, a young player or an expiring contract.
Feb 23 - 10:33 AM

The Pistons are reportedly "welcoming offers" for Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The report goes on to state that Detroit has been most aggressive in trade talks involving Reggie Jackson, whereas they have "not discouraged offers from interested teams" for Drummond and KCP. Stan Van Gundy has proven to be an opportunistic trade-maker, and the Pistons could make a move before the deadline, but right now there aren't any clear fantasy adds.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 22 - 9:56 PM

The Pistons have been "open" to possibly trading Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Woj did add he doesn't think this will happen. He also said the Pistons "love" him and do want to try to sign him as a restricted free agent this summer, but the team likely doesn't want to pay him close to max money. With teams like the Nets having a lot of cap space, Caldwell-Pope could get a monster deal a la Allen Crabbe. For now, it would be a surprise to see KCP be traded.
Feb 22 - 2:12 PM

Beno Udrih (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.

This is the first blurb we've had on Udrih since Detroit claimed him off waivers back in October, which tells you just about all you need to know of his non-existent fantasy value.
Feb 22 - 1:20 PM

Andre Drummond is reportedly unlikely to be traded on deadline day.

Drummond's name has popped up in the rumor mill as the deadline approaches, but Stan Van Gundy maintains he hasn't had any meaningful conversations with any other opposing GMs on the trade front regarding a Drummond deal, so it seems unlikely that the Pistons will send him away during the first year of his five-year, max deal.
Feb 22 - 11:18 AM

Stan Van Gundy said that while Andre Drummond's name may come up in trade discussions, he hasn't had any "serious" talks with opposing teams regarding his starting center.

The Pistons would reportedly be open to parting ways with Drummond should the right deal come along, but it sounds like Van Gundy's asking price is up there, making a trade unlikely. Reggie Jackson seems like the most likely Pistons' player to be dealt should a deal be struck.
Feb 21 - 6:26 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has reportedly received a lot of interest around the league.

KCP is one of Stan Van Gundy's favorites, so it's unlikely that another team out there will be able to match the asking price. Reggie Jackson or Andre Drummond could be moved, though.
Feb 21 - 4:56 PM


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