Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Reggie Jackson said he wants the Pistons to be a better defensive team next season.

"We want to be a better defensive team, mentally tougher at end of games. I have to put guys in better position," said Jackson. Kyrie Irving regularly roasted Jackson on the defensive end during Detroit's first-round loss to the Cavs, so he's right in saying that the Pistons need to improve in that category. He'll be worth a late-round selection on draft day after averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 assists, 0.9 triples and 0.8 steals per game on 43.4 percent shooting this past season.
Aug 24 - 12:18 PM

The Pistons are aware they may lose Aron Baynes after the 2016-17 season.

The Pistons don't own full Bird Rights on the 29-year-old and know they may not be able to afford him when he becomes a free agent next summer. "We’re limited in what we can do with Aron next year," head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Two things happen: No.1, by rule, if Aron does opt out, we’re limited in how much we can offer him, by rule, because he leaves in two years." While Baynes will help the Pistons with a big body behind Andre Drummond this season, he won't have much fantasy value off the bench.
Aug 23 - 9:08 AM

Stan Van Gundy heaped praise on Stanley Johnson because of his desire to be great.

"But the strength Stanley has is he’s got a tremendous passion for the game and tremendous desire to be great," Van Gundy said. "He’s as good a competitor as you’ll find in this league, as young as he is. What goes along with that is a stubbornness, to some degree." SVG added that Johnson has the most potential to take a noticeable step forward this season along with Andre Drummond, so it's a safe bet that the second-year forward should be able to take some minutes away from Marcus Morris in the near future. He's on the radar as a late-round flier.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 22 - 12:17 PM

Stan Van Gundy believes that Andre Drummond and Stanley Johnson have the most potential to take noticeable steps forward this season.

"Look, [Andre Drummond's] the guy – probably he and Stanley [Johnson] are the guys who can, I think, based on their age and what they’ve done and what they’re capable of doing, who have the potential to make the biggest jumps." SVG still believes that Drummond is the face of the Pistons' franchise and said that the big man has taken a different mental approach to his free-throw shooting this offseason. While he will be an elite source of points, boards, blocks and steals, his owners will still likely need to punt free throws considering he shot 35.5 percent from the line last season.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 22 - 12:13 PM

Updating a previous report, Eric Griffin has a buyout clause in his deal that allows him to sign with an NBA club this season.

It was reported earlier today that Griffin has signed a deal with Gilboa Galil in Israel.
Aug 19 - 9:01 PM

Adonis Thomas has signed a deal to play for Scandone Avellino in Italy.

Thomas has spent time with the Magic and 76ers, but spent last season in the D-League with averages of 17.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Source: Sportando
Aug 19 - 9:51 AM

Eric Griffin has signed a deal with Gilboa Galil in Israel.

He was falsely accused of murder back in April, so it's great that he's finally able to move on. The athletic four has had brief stints with the Mavs and Pistons, but he's never made it past training camp.
Source: Sportando
Aug 19 - 9:44 AM

The Pistons are open to extending Reggie Bullock's contract.

According to this Detroit Free Press report, talks have not started between the Pistons and Bullock. Detroit traded away Jodie Meeks and Darrun Hilliard (back) is still up in the air for camp. There is a chance Bullock could get in the rotation next year, but he's not a fantasy target in even the deepest of leagues.
Aug 15 - 4:41 PM

Andre Drummond has been working on his free throws, but he dismissed the report that he would try shooting them underhand.

"I'm just really just continuing to work on back-to-the-basket stuff," Drummond said, "and working on getting better from the foul line. I'm going to stick with the formula I have now." He shot just 35.5 percent from the line last season which forced a lot of his owners to punt free throws, but hopefully his "formula" will help him show some improvement in his age-23 season. If you ignore the free throws, Drummond had an elite season with averages of 16.2 points, 14.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game.
Aug 15 - 1:15 PM

Stan Van Gundy said that he's had his eye on Jon Leuer for a while.

"We wanted to add more size at that spot but not give up athleticism, not give up shooting, and Jon Leuer was really the only guy out there that we thought fit everything that we wanted in that spot," Van Gundy said. "Shot 38 percent from three, 6-foot-11. He’s a very good athlete with great quickness. He’s a guy we had our eye on for a couple of years and we just thought would be a really good fit to what we wanted." Tobias Harris is expected to start at the four, but Leuer could be the first big off the bench considering the Pistons gave him a four-year, $42 million deal.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 15 - 1:09 PM

The Pistons expect Aron Baynes to opt out of his contract after the 2016-17 season, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.

The Pistons only own partial Bird Rights on Baynes and signed Boban Marjanovic as an insurance policy in case they are unable to retain Baynes next summer. While Baynes will help the Pistons as another big body behind Andre Drummond, he won't have much fantasy value for the 2016-17 season.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 11 - 9:39 AM

Pistons owner Tom Gores said he would pay the luxury tax in order to extend Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's contract.

"Look, if we weren’t building a core, there’s really no point in paying the luxury tax. Because we are building a core, would I do it? Yeah, absolutely" Gores said. "You look at KCP as a very diverse player. He keeps working at his game and you look at his improvement and just like anybody else, he will improve in other areas." Stan Van Gundy played KCP 36.7 minutes per game last season because of his ability on both ends of the court, and he figures to see a similar role this season because he doesn't have much competition at SG.
Aug 7 - 9:59 AM

Aron Baynes was inefficient in Australia's 87-66 triumph over France on Saturday, finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds and a block on 5-of-14 shooting.

Baynes has shown capable of intriguing per-minute production, but there's not a lot to get excited about in fantasy with Andre Drummond ahead of him and the Pistons committing to Boban Marjanovic behind him.
Aug 6 - 3:15 PM

Ryan Boatright will play in China for the Foshan Lions.

He had himself a rough Summer League, making just 23.1 percent from the field for the Pelicans. Boatright is only 5'11", so it won't be easy for him to make the NBA.
Jul 30 - 2:54 PM

Chauncey Billups stated during a recent interview that he's beginning to lean more towards coaching and less towards a front office gig.

"When I've talked about my future, most of the time it's been front office," said Billups, "but as I start to take a deeper dive into my future I've opened up my mind to the opportunity to coach. I'd like to have a day to day impact on guys similar to how I was as a player when I led a lot of my teams." Billups was reportedly aggressively pursued by Orlando to join Frank Vogel's staff, but he ultimately declined the opportunity. Perhaps he’s looking for a head coaching gig rather than an assistant job.
Jul 27 - 10:21 AM


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