Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Stanley Johnson had an efficient game against the Heat on Monday, making 4-of-5 from the field for 14 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

He's looked terrific at times in Orlando, but this is summer league. Johnson has excelled on the perimeter side of things, which was a big concern for him coming into the offseason. He's also creating some offense with steals and his fantasy game could translate nicely. That said, the addition of Marcus Morris really hurts the appeal of Johnson in re-drafts.
Jul 6 - 6:56 PM

Reggie Jackson and the Pistons have agreed to a five-year, $80 million extension.

A report in late June suggested that the Pistons were "not 100 percent sold on Reggie," but that was refuted by this deal with an average annual salary of $16 million. Brandon Jennings' future in Detroit is more tenuous than ever with Jackson locked up long-term, and a trade would be the best outcome for both of them from a fantasy perspective -- they could play together for stretches, but it's hard to envision a Jennings/Jackson backcourt succeeding long term.
Jul 5 - 9:55 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie struggled in the Pistons' Summer League win on Sunday, scoring five points on 1-of-6 shooting with three rebounds, six assists and six turnovers.

He was visibly frustrated and had a tough time vs. Nate Wolters, who finished with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting for the Clips. Dinwiddie wasn't turnover prone in 34 games as a rookie, but he did shoot just 30.2 percent from the field -- he's unlikely to be a viable fantasy target with Brandon Jennings and (possibly) Reggie Jackson in Detroit's backcourt.
Jul 5 - 2:51 PM

Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson lit up the Clippers during Summer League action on Sunday, posting 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, one assist and three steals in 31 minutes.

He was playing at a different level vs. inferior competition and the Pistons have to be pleased with initial returns from the No. 8 overall pick. It would be surprising if Johnson wasn't starting on opening night, as his closest competition is Quincy Miller, Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock and Cartier Martin. He'll face a typical rookie learning-curve this season but fantasy owners should be keeping a very close watch on Johnson.
Jul 5 - 2:48 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 14 points with four boards and three assists vs. the Orlando White on Saturday, but he also committed six turnovers with eight fouls in 27 minutes.

Dinwiddie was obviously a little erratic today, but he did show some flashes and it's good to see that he was aggressive. It's unclear what the Pistons will do with Reggie Jackson and Brandon Jennings, so it would be wise to keep an eye on Dinwiddie for the rest of the summer.
Jul 4 - 12:58 PM

Stanley Johnson came off the bench in his Orlando Summer League debut and scored 13 points with four boards, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

The Pistons are going to constantly rotate their starting lineup during the summer league and Johnson actually started the second half, so prospective fantasy owners shouldn't read too much into that. Johnson looks like an absolute tank on the court, and it's pretty obvious that he has the potential to become an elite defender at the NBA level. Johnson shot 5-of-8 from the field and 1-of -2 from beyond the arc, so hopefully he can continue to shoot the ball at a high level.
Jul 4 - 12:53 PM

Quincy Miller (broken nose) will not be able to play at summer league, and he is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

The injury won't require surgery, but this is still a devastating blow for a player trying to secure his spot on the roster next season. The Pistons drafted Stanley Johnson and also acquired Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger, so Miller will have a tough time cracking the rotation in Detroit.
Jul 4 - 10:08 AM

Quincy Miller broke his nose on Wednesday, leaving his status uncertain for the Summer League opener on Saturday.

Miller is going to have to fight for his minutes in Detroit with the likes of Marcus Morris, Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock, so he won't be a major part of the rotation. He's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 2 - 6:59 PM

The Pistons have yet to decide if they will retain Danny Granger.

Detroit could waive him, package him in another deal, or just keep him to add some depth to the roster. It's unclear if he'll be on the Pistons opening night roster, but what is clear is that he'll be a negligible option in standard fantasy leagues regardless of where he winds up.
Jul 2 - 4:28 PM

Reggie Bullock has been traded to the Pistons for some future draft picks.

Bullock will compete for playing time with the likes of Marcus Morris and Stanley Johnson in Detroit, but if he can get his minutes, he could be a very interesting guy to watch. We'll be following Stan Van Gundy's rotations very closely leading up to the regular-season, but Bullock may not make the team.
Jul 2 - 3:47 PM

Danny Granger was traded to the Pistons as part of Thursday's three-player deal with the Suns.

This was a pure salary-dump for Phoenix as they attempt to clear space for LaMarcus Aldridge, as Detroit reportedly only sent back a 2020 second-round pick. Granger may get some minutes as a 3-point gunner off Stan Van Gundy's bench, but he's not a guy to bother with in fantasy drafts.
Jul 2 - 3:45 PM

Marcus Morris, Danny Granger and Reggie Bullock have been traded to the Pistons for future draft picks.

The Suns will receive a 2020 second-round draft pick, so this is obviously a salary-shedding move for Phoenix, as they set their sights on LaMarcus Aldridge. The Pistons reportedly made this move to insert Morris into the starting lineup at the small forward position, so he should see a bump in fantasy value in Detroit. However, Morris isn't a great rebounder, and doesn't bring a lot to the defensive categories, so he likely won't be much more than a 3-point specialist. Additionally, Morris' arrival really hurts the value of Stanley Johnson.

Aron Baynes has reportedly struck a verbal agreement with the Detroit Pistons on a three-year deal.

Let the games begin. Baynes comes to Detroit not as a conquerer, but as a liberator after averaging 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game with the Spurs during the 2014-15 season. Baynes will provide Detroit with solid frontcourt depth, but won't come close to replacing what the Pistons lost when Greg Monroe signed with the Bucks and can be ignored outside of deeper fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 1:28 PM

The Cavaliers have reached out to free agent Tayshaun Prince.

The 35-year-old Prince could give a contending team some reliable depth, but his days of being a fantasy factor are long gone. He posted a paltry Player Efficiency Rating of 12.0 during the 2014-15 season, the fourth straight year he's been far below the league average.
Jul 1 - 12:46 AM

Andre Drummond wants to sign an extension with the Pistons this offseason, a source told the Detroit Free Press.

Drummond, still on his rookie deal, is eligible to sign a long-term extension, and with the Pistons planning to build around him for the foreseeable future under Stan Van Gundy, the two sides shouldn't have much of an issue in terms of finding common ground when it's time to sit at the negotiating table.
Jun 29 - 1:27 PM


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