Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Adonis Thomas will attend mini-camps with the Rockets, Spurs, and Jazz, according to his agent.

While the 23-year-old will attend multiple mini-camps, he is long shot to hook on with an NBA team and can be ignored by fantasy owners.
May 26 - 10:09 AM

Stan Van Gundy said that he wants Andre Drummond to protect the rim better next season.

"He's gotta protect the rim better," Van Gundy said. "He's pretty good on pick-and-rolls, and can get better. But he's got to protect the rim and challenge shots better -- whether it's blocking shots, or using the verticality to get up and be tougher. The numbers bear it out. The eyeball test, too. For his athletic ability, he's not there yet in terms of protecting the rim." Drummond is also going to spend a lot of time working on his free throws this summer, but the big man is getting a max deal from the Pistons no matter what.
Source: ESPN
May 13 - 1:06 PM

Stan Van Gundy believes there is enough time this summer for Andre Drummond to improve his free throw shooting.

"I think probably, over the summer, you could change," Van Gundy said. "Shoot them with your other hand, like Tristan Thompson did, or shoot them underhand. And again, literally everything’s on the table." The big man is going to get a max deal no matter what, but he shot just 35.5 percent from the line this season and will need to improve that aspect of his game to dissuade opposing teams from intentionally putting him on the line.
May 8 - 10:58 AM

Former D-League All-Star Eric Griffin has been arrested on charges of attempted murder.

Griffin reportedly fired several rounds at another man outside of an apartment building in Orlando, Florida, and is currently being held without bond. Griffin went undrafted in 2012, and while he's played for a handful of Summer League squads, he's never officially made an NBA roster.
Source: Fox Sports
May 4 - 10:58 AM

Steve Blake said that he feels he can play one more year in the NBA, and he'd like to be back with the Pistons next season.

"I feel like I have one more year in my body and then I’ll be ready to be home with my family," Blake said. "It was great playing for [Van Gundy], and I really love playing with these guys. If they wanted me back, I’d be thrilled, but you never know in this league." While Blake would like to remain in Detroit, Van Gundy acknowledged during exit interviews that he's seeking to upgrade the backup point guard position, so the feeling may not be mutual. Blake won't be a fantasy option regardless of where he winds up.
May 4 - 10:28 AM

Anthony Tolliver would like to return to the Detroit Pistons in free agency.

Tolliver didn't have a big role with the Pistons in 2015-16, but it sounds like there is mutual interest in his return. "I would love to stay here. I’ve been bouncing around a lot in my career," Tolliver said. "I feel comfortable here, and I feel like what I bring to the table fits what this team needs." The 30-year-old average 5.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers in 18.6 minutes in 2015-16 and isn't a fantasy option in standard leagues.
May 3 - 9:46 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said that he will take about a month off to heal a core muscle strain that he suffered back in February.

KCP played through the issue down the stretch and said that he still feels it, but the month off should help him get back to 100 percent. When asked what he wants to accomplish this summer, KCP said he wants to get stronger and add about 10 pounds. He is eligible for an extension of his rookie contract this summer, but if he doesn't reach an agreement with the Pistons he will become a restricted free agent in 2017. The third-year guard averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.5 3-pointers this season.
Source: M Live
May 1 - 10:48 AM

Stan Van Gundy is open to re-signing Anthony Tolliver and Steve Blake in free agency.

"In just a very general sense, I like the idea of having both of them back," Van Gundy said. "But, and I was honest with them, there are priorities ahead of re-signing them. I told Steve flat-out that we'll look to upgrade that position with a guy who's more of a long-term answer." Tolliver averaged 5.3 points, 3.2 boards and 1.4 3-pointers in 18.6 minutes per game this season, so it's hard to imagine his role growing if he does re-sign with the Pistons.
Source: M Live
May 1 - 10:38 AM

Stan Van Gundy said that the Pistons would like to add a dynamic backup point guard this summer.

"It's in a lot of ways a point-guard-driven league right now," Van Gundy said. "t's a big pick-and-roll league. And the more guys you have that can play like that, certainly that's something that would be a priority for us." While Reggie Jackson's job as the starter is safe, this means that Steve Blake will be the third-string PG if he decides to come back to Detroit next season.
Source: M Live
May 1 - 10:34 AM

Stanley Johnson may not play in the summer league because Stan Van Gundy wants him to focus on skill development.

"My concern for him is I know Stanley’s mentality," Van Gundy said. "I want him working on things he needs to work on. I don’t want to put him in situations where his concern is doing what he can do well right now to try to win that game." Van Gundy added that Johnson needs to work on his shooting, footwork and ballhandling this summer. Still just 19 years old, the future is very bright for Johnson.
Source: M Live
Apr 29 - 10:16 AM

Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond is open to shooting underhanded free throws.

"As far as shooting underhand or anything else, it’s fair to say my discussion with Andre yesterday and the discussions Jeff and I have had and staff — everything is on the table," Van Gundy said. Drummond's inability to knock down shots at the stripe forced SVG to pull him during crunch time for much of the year, something that Drummond was not all that fond of. It'll be interesting to see if Drummond goes with the underhand method, but we wouldn't expect a dramatic improvement from the 38.0 percent free throw shooter next season.
Apr 28 - 3:23 PM

Reggie Jackson said that he'll be spending a lot of time in the film room this summer trying to figure out how to attack defenses, and acknowledged that he needs to be a quicker decision maker next season.

"Figuring out how to attack defenses, be a starter (on offense) and figure out how teams were covering me," Jackson said. "Just seeing where people challenged me and made me [have a] bad games, so I can try and go in and improve on those aspects and really see what guys did. I need to be better with quicker decisions." Jackson does tend to over dribble, so it's admirable that he's already looking to rectify that part of his game. Additionally, Jackson said that a trip to the Finals will be Detroit's goal for next year.
Source: M Live
Apr 27 - 10:19 AM

Pistons owner Tom Gores said he is "absolutely" comfortable giving Andre Drummond a max contract in restricted free agency this summer.

Some will ask why Gores would openly provide this information, but the reality is that Drummond is going to get a max deal either from the Pistons or via an offer sheet from another team, so the move only helps to continue to build goodwill between Detroit and their franchise center. While AD obviously needs to work on his free throws—he was historically bad this season and expressed frustration about being benched in certain instances—Drummond is just 22 years young and has plenty of growth ahead of him.
Apr 25 - 10:52 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope didn't score until mid-way through the third quarter on Sunday, finishing a home loss with nine points, three 3-pointers, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 43 minutes.

The Pistons were out-scored by an average of 8.8 points in the second half of Games 1-4, and their late-game struggles were enough for Cleveland to sweep them out of the playoffs. KCP's playoffs ended on a relatively quiet note, but he played well in the first three games and should see copious playing time again for Stan Van Gundy next season.
Apr 24 - 11:35 PM

Tobias Harris finished Detroit's season-ending loss on Sunday with 23 points (8-of-14 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

Harris averaged 11.7 points on 40.6 percent shooting in his first three games of the series, and tonight's renewed aggression proved to be too little, too late for Detroit. The Pistons will be hoping that Harris' playoff struggles motivate him this summer, as he's a key part of their future with a guaranteed $48 million coming over the next three seasons.
Apr 24 - 11:34 PM


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