Player News - Pistons

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended two games to start next season.

This is from his DUI incident in March when he was pulled over at 2:50 in the morning. KCP is still likely going to receive a big offer sheet from teams like the Nets or even 76ers, but the Pistons are expected to match. For what it's worth, the Pistons did draft a shooting guard in Luke Kennard.
Jun 23 - 4:18 PM

The Detroit Pistons have selected G Luke Kennard with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Stan Van Gundy has strongly hinted that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be retained in restricted free agency, but it won't be cheap to do so and Kennard is an interesting pick in that context. He was one of the most efficient high-volume scorers in the power conferences, turning in a fantastic 62.9 true shooting percentage with his 24.0 usage rate. Being a slightly subpar athlete compared to other wings may make it tougher for him to get clean looks at the basket, and Stan Van Gundy was blunt about his defensive issues, saying, "He's got to take a lot more pride (in defense) than he did last year. He's got to change his entire approach." Kennard gets a lot of J.J. Redick comparisons, but he’ll need to add a little more to his game than just shooting to be successful at this level.
Jun 22 - 8:53 PM

It's "unlikely" the Kings trade for Andre Drummond, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

There were some murmurs of the Kings possibly trading away their No. 5 pick to get Drummond, so this report doesn't come out of nowhere -- Amick knows the Kings well, by the way. The Pistons could be looking to turn their roster over, so they're a team to watch tonight. Obviously if Drummond is traded, #FreeBobanTwitter will have a party this weekend.
Jun 22 - 5:17 PM

Stan Van Gundy is hopeful that he'll be able to re-sign Aron Baynes as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"There are a lot of scenarios where we can bring Aron back so that’s not a done deal, but we knew the opt-out was coming," Van Gundy said. "Right now on our salary structure, if you look at where our roster is, we can’t pay him that right now and be under the tax." Baynes should be able to get an offer at around $12 million annually, so it'll be tough for Detroit to keep him based on the team's current salary structure. If Baynes isn't retained, that would open up more minutes for Boban Marjonovic.
Jun 21 - 11:27 AM

Aron Baynes has declined his $6.5 million player option for the 2017-18 season and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

Baynes is coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged 4.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 15.5 minutes off the bench. However, he has been durable, playing at least 70 games in each of the last three seasons. His new annual salary may not exceed $6 million, but Baynes should be able to secure a multi-year deal thus summer that increases his amount total guaranteed money. It is safe to assume Baynes will not re-sign with Detroit, which should open up plenty of minutes for backup center Boban Marjanovic.
Jun 20 - 9:51 AM

The NBA announced on Friday that Reggie Bullock will be suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the league's Anti-Drug Program.

Monta Ellis of the Pacers also got popped with a five-game suspension. Their suspensions will begin with the next NBA regular season game that they are eligible and physically able to play. Bullock was drafted 25th overall in 2013 and has had a disappointing career up to this point. He averaged 4.5 points (on 42.2 percent shooting) and 2.1 rebounds in 15.1 minutes last season for the Pistons, which actually represented career highs. However, this suspension is obviously a step backward.
Jun 16 - 2:08 PM

ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting that the Knicks are "seriously considering" taking Luke Kennard with their first-round pick.

Kennard's stock has been rising ever since his impressive pro day, but this is the first we've heard of him climbing as high as No. 8. It would seem to be a reach for the Knicks. New York desperately needs a point guard and already has a solid starting shooting guard in Courtney Lee, who has three years left on his contract. However, there have been rumors that Lee may be traded this offseason.
Jun 16 - 9:26 AM

Luke Kennard will work out for the Heat on Wednesday.

The sweet-shooting two-guard out of Duke is capable of scoring in a variety of ways, but there are some concerns that his deficiencies at the defensive end will make it tough for him to successfully guard other starting two-guards in the league. In terms of fantasy hoops, Miami would not be the ideal landing spot for Kennard considering they're already loaded in the backcourt.
Jun 14 - 12:00 PM

Luke Kennard said that adding strength is one of his main focuses right now.

"I’ve been working hard to get a lot stronger, which helps with everything," he said. "I really improved on the defensive end and my athleticism and explosiveness and quickness." Kennard averaged 19.5 points with 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 3-pointers during his sophomore season at Duke, shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc. While he's known mainly for his lethal perimeter shooting, Rod Beard of Detroit News is reporting that Kennard has opened some eyes with his strength and athleticism which are said to be his biggest weaknesses. Don't be surprised if he's a lottery pick and he's certainly an option for the Pistons with the 12th pick.
Jun 12 - 10:53 AM

Luke Kennard, Harry Giles and John Collins worked out for the Pistons on Saturday.

Detroit will select 12th in the 2017 draft. All three players they worked out are legitimate options for the Pistons. Kennard averaged 19.5 points, while shooting 48.9 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from downtown, to go along with 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 3-pointers. Pistons starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a restricted free agent this summer. If Detroit drafts Kennard, it may be a sign they are unwilling to match the max contract offer KCP is expected to receive.
Jun 10 - 12:32 PM

According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the Pistons are "gauging the trade market" for Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson.

With the Pistons coming off a terribly disappointing season, it's not surprising that Stan Van Gundy is considering a shakeup of his core. Both Jackson and Drummond were purportedly on the block at the trade deadline back in February as well. Jackson missed both the start and the finish of the 2016-17 campaign due to knee troubles and is set to make $51 million over the next three seasons. As a result, his trade value is limited.
Jun 9 - 11:51 AM

Mo Cheeks has been released from a Philadelphia hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Great news. Cheeks had a medical episode on an airplane on Wednesday, but there still are no details on his ailment. Hopefully, he and his family are doing well.
Jun 1 - 8:04 PM

Mo Cheeks is "doing well" after an undisclosed medical episode occurred while on a flight to Philadelphia on Wednesday, according to a team official.

He is in "good sprits" and is resting as he awaits test results at a Philadelphia hospital. The 60-year-old Thunder assistant had hip surgery in February 2016 and was away from the team for a month last season, but there's no word if this is related. He's been one of the better coaches in the NBA and his moment during a national anthem in Portland was one of the greatest pre-game moments ever.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 1 - 4:57 PM

The Pistons are reportedly open to moving their No. 12 overall pick in the upcoming draft for a proven veteran that will help them "win now."

Detroit has some solid depth in their frontcourt, but they could certainly use some more help in their backcourt, particularly at the two-spot. If the Pistons aren't able to orchestrate a draft day deal that will bring in some proven players to help them get back into the playoffs, Stan Van Gundy might want to consider moving in the other direction towards a rebuild.
May 30 - 2:46 PM

Andre Drummond said he believes the Pistons must improve their camaraderie and chemistry heading into the 2017-18 season.

Despite a disappointing 2016-17 campaign, Drummond does not feel it's necessary to overhaul the Pistons roster. "I don’t think we need to do any changes," Drummond said on Tuesday. "We had a lot of bumps in the road last season with different things going on, and it took everybody out of sync. With this summer coming up, we have to do a better job staying connected — the more stuff we do together, the better our camaraderie will be." Drummond had offseason surgery to correct a deviated septum, which he hopes will increase his energy next season.
May 19 - 1:45 PM


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