Player News - Pistons

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Greg Monroe and his agent reportedly sought a sign-and-trade with at least five teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

These deals obviously never came to fruition as Monroe has said he will accept the Pistons' one-year qualifying offer of $5.5 million and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. Monroe has yet to sign his qualifying offer, however, so there is a chance he and his camp are hoping for a last-minute trade. Regardless of where he plays in 2014-15, Monroe should be a mid-round draft target after averaging 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks during during the 2013-14 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 1:20 PM

The Pistons officially signed Aaron Gray on Monday.

Gray will be Andre Drummond's backup in Detroit. Through 33 games with the Kings last season Gray averaged 1.8 points, and 3.1 rebounds over 10.2 minutes of action, and that pretty much sums up his nonexistent fantasy value.
Aug 18 - 4:08 PM

The Pistons officially signed Cartier Martin on Monday.

Martin will compete for minutes with Caron Butler, Kyle Singler, and Luigi Datome, and he's not someone to target in standard leagues.
Aug 18 - 4:01 PM

Andre Drummond is likely to be cut from the Team USA roster.

He didn't play in Saturday's exhibition vs. Brazil despite how the team is short on big men. Drummond seems to be behind Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee and DeMarcus Cousins (knee) for this summer's team, but the 21-year-old is only going to get better.
Aug 18 - 10:24 AM

Andre Drummond remains hopeful he can make the final 12-man Team USA roster.

"I don’t plan on going home," Drummond said. "I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job here these past couple of weeks really proving I could be a part of this team. We have a lot of great players out here. I’m not going to back down. I know what’s at stake. I want to win a gold medal." It seems that Drummond will be competing for a spot with Mason Plumlee and DeMarcus Cousins, and he will get a chance to showcase himself during Team USA's exhibition game vs. Brazil with DeMarcus on the sidelines.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 15 - 5:52 PM

Chauncey Billups is considered a serious candidate to play for the Cavaliers next season.

Billups has a close relationship with assistant coach Tyronn Lue and had a workout with the team recently. His career has been in question lately as his health continues to betray him year after year. Still, there is always a place for veterans on any NBA roster and he provides stable leadership in the locker room.
Aug 14 - 6:17 PM

Greg Monroe will accept the Pistons' qualifying offer of $5.5 million.

It's an interesting move for Monroe, who becomes one of the better players to have ever signed a qualifying offer instead of taking a long-term deal. He will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and will almost certainly be looking at a contract in the double-digits for millions per season. The Pistons will now likely have to figure out how they're going to use Josh Smith because he's certainly not a small forward in coach Stan Van Gundy's system.
Source: USA Today
Aug 12 - 7:14 PM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy isn't relying on rookie Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL tear) as a rotation player this season, but he won't hesitate to use him if he's healthy.

Dinwiddie tore his ACL in January and remains out indefinitely. "We want to follow his rehabilitation," said Van Gundy. "We don’t want to get caught up in the calendar as much as what’s going on with his knee." Detroit's new coach praised Dinwiddie's size, defensive prowess and pass-first mentality, adding, "I think he’s a rare 6'6" guy who is a true point guard."
Source: NBA.com
Aug 12 - 3:02 PM

Restricted free agent Greg Monroe is open to accepting a one-year qualifying offer with the Pistons.

The qualifying offer would guarantee Monroe $5.3 million for the 2014-15 season and ensure that the 24-year-old would become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Monroe has yet to receive an offer sheet from another team and signing his qualifying offer presents his best chance to receive the contract he thinks he deserves. Monroe averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks during his 2013-14 campaign and should present a solid mid-round fantasy value heading into the 2014-15 season.
Aug 12 - 9:19 AM

Stan Van Gundy believes that the Pistons will play with hard, and with intensity this upcoming season.

"Yeah [we'll play hard], for two reasons," Van Gundy said. "The people we added all play very hard and very competitively, but I also think that’s the value of depth and balance. Our guys are going to push each other. There will be competition for playing time." Van Gundy definitely bolstered the Pistons' roster this offseason with five free agent signings, predominately addressing the need for 3-point shooting. While depth is a nice thing for an NBA franchise to have, it sometimes equates to timeshares, which limits the statistical output of players. We'll be keeping an eye on how SVG's rotations develop over training camp and preseason.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 11 - 4:19 PM

The Pacers have reportedly contacted the Pistons about restricted free agent Greg Monroe.

Monroe's return from Africa this week may jumpstart contract talks, but it's unknown whether he'll re-sign with Detroit or end up being part of a sign-and-trade deal. The Pacers have reportedly been shopping Roy Hibbert since Paul George's season-ending injury, but Hibbert doesn't make much sense for Detroit with Andre Drummond at center. As the best free agent big men left on the market, Monroe will continue draw plenty of interest -- the Hawks, Suns and Trail Blazers have also been linked to him in sign-and-trade scenarios.
Aug 10 - 3:22 PM

Greg Monroe will return from his trip in Africa on Saturday and will "sort things out" with his free agency status.

"I'm really not sure what is going to happen, I've just enjoyed my time here, and it's been nice to get away and do something positive with my time," Monroe said. The Detroit Free Press reported that Monroe and the Pistons are at a standstill while Yahoo! reported the Suns, Hawks and Blazers are talking a sign-and-trade deal. There doesn't appear to be an end in sight for the NBA's best available free agent big man.
Aug 9 - 10:06 AM

The Pistons are reportedly in advanced talks with former Magic GM Otis Smith to bring him on as the coach of their D-League affiliate.

Stan Van Gundy apparently likes his guys from his days in Orlando. This would be an interesting move for Smith to go from former GM to coach of a D-League team, but it's a good opportunity if that's a career path Smith would like to pursue.
Aug 8 - 4:53 PM

The Pistons remain at a standstill with restricted free agent Greg Monroe.

Monroe and Eric Bledsoe are still available in free agency and it's nearly the middle of August. The Pistons have reportedly "moved from their initial five-year, $60 million offer" and the impasse could last into next month. The Hawks, Blazers and Suns are also in the mix to strike up a deal for the big man.
Aug 8 - 10:25 AM

Tim Hardaway Sr. said on Thursday that he is "ecstatic" to be joining Stan Van Gundy's coaching staff in Detroit.

"It’s something I wanted to do," he said. "It’s all about teaching. I’m good at teaching and understanding players." Although Hardaway is happy to be joining the Pistons, he also admitted that it would be difficult leaving the Miami Heat family. "It’s going to be hard, going to be sad [to leave the Heat].There will always be a big place in my heart for the Heat, Micky Arison, Pat Riley. It’s bittersweet."
Aug 7 - 5:36 PM


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