Player News - Pistons

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Greg Monroe said returning to the Pistons is still a viable option in free agency.

While Monroe had previously been thought to be on his way out of town once he becomes a free agent this summer, he said the Pistons are a frontrunner to sign him. "I have ties here; I have been here my whole (adult) life," Monroe said. "They drafted me, so of course I am going to listen to them with the same ear as I listen to everybody else. They have the upper hand." The Pistons can offer Monroe the most money this summer, but he's also spoken about meeting with the Knicks once free agency begins so we'll just have to wait and see what happens here.
Apr 21 - 11:06 AM

Caron Butler said he would like to return to the Detroit Pistons next season.

The ball is in the Pistons' court as the team holds a $4.5 million option on the 35-year-old, but Butler said he'd like to be back in Detroit next year. "I'm in a good situation," he said. "I like where we're at. I like what we've been able to accomplish, being better than we were prior, and I feel like I've got my fingerprints all over these guys. So it's a great opportunity to come back and continue the thing on." While Butler provided veteran leadership to the Pistons, his 2014-15 season averages of 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds will limit his fantasy potential to the deepest of leagues in 2015-16.
Apr 21 - 10:52 AM

Stan Van Gundy wants Reggie Jackson to improve on the defensive end of the court.

"Defensively, he's still got a long, long way to go, but on the offensive end of the floor, I mean, he can certainly score and he can create shots for other people." The Pistons are expected to re-sign Jackson, and it will be interesting to see at what number after the point guard reportedly rejected a four-year, $48 million extension from Oklahoma City prior to being traded.
Apr 20 - 10:45 AM

Pistons owner Tom Gores referred to Andre Drummond a "maximum guy" during a recent interview.

The Pistons can extend Drummond's rookie contract with a max offer this offseason, a preferable alternative than waiting to match offers when he hits restricted free agency following the 2015-16 season, but this all hinges upon whether Drummond accepts the contract extension before the October 31 deadline. If the Pistons make Drummond their designated player, they could sign him to a five-year max extension, meaning he'd spend at least the first nine years of his career in Detroit. It'll be very interesting to see what Andre decides to do this offseason, but he has certainly established himself as a max-player.
Apr 17 - 2:47 PM

Stan Van Gundy believes that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be even better next season.

"KCP made a jump from last year to this year. He's got a ways to go, but we think he can make another jump," said Van Gundy. SVG put Caldwell-Pope's development at the forefront of his plans during the 2014-15 season, and KCP responded with averages of 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers per game on 40.1 percent shooting from the field. Consistency is the main issue for KCP, but if he can continue to work on his game and improve his percentages, he could emerge as a quality asset in standard leagues. Right now, he's not much more than a 3-point specialist.
Apr 16 - 6:19 PM

Reggie Jackson was one of seven Detroit players to score in double figures in Wednesday's finale, racking up 24 points, 11 assists and three steals on 9-of-16 shooting.

In a meaningless game, all five Pistons starters scored in double figures, while Andre Drummond joined Jackson with a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two blocks. Greg Monroe, who might have played his last game for Detroit as an unrestricted free agent, had just 10 points and two rebounds in 21 minutes, but also came through with four steals. And despite Drummond's woes at the free throw line and a slow start, he was a blast to own this season. And speaking of those two, they're the only two teammates who averaged a double-double this year, outside of the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul.
Apr 16 - 1:15 AM

Greg Monroe said at Wednesday's shootaround that he will meet with Phil Jackson on July 1 if he is interested, but also said that he won't rule out staying in Detroit.

Monroe added that his decision won't be "drawn out," but it does it looks like his days as a Piston are numbered. The fact that the Pistons haven't even held discussions with Monroe over a new contract is definitely cause for concern, and it doesn't seem likely that they would give him close to a max deal. This story will only heat up over the summer, so we will pass along any additional information when we know more.
Apr 15 - 1:03 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, four assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Cavs.

Caldwell-Pope has been running slightly hot this past week, averaging 2.0 treys and hitting 47.4 percent of his shots over his last four games. He only played 25 minutes tonight but he fits the definition of 'young' that Stan Van Gundy says he's going to go with in Wednesday's finale against the Knicks.
Apr 14 - 12:10 AM

Caron Butler scored 19 points on Monday, hitting 6-of-10 shots (including six threes) with zero rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

This is a classic out-of-nowhere explosion for Butler, and with Stan Van Gundy talking about getting the younger guys going after the game we're pretty sure that doesn't apply to Tough Juice. Tap him at your own risk.
Apr 14 - 12:05 AM

Jodie Meeks couldn't build off the momentum of Sunday's 24-point outing with just 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with two rebounds and one trey in 29 minutes on Monday.

Year 1 of Meeks in Detroit has been an underwhelming affair and the criticism of his contract looks to be spot-on so far. Unless you're targeting free throw percentage you're probably better off looking elsewhere for value.
Apr 14 - 12:03 AM

Tayshaun Prince is not expected to play again this season.

It'll be Quincy Miller getting a big bump in minutes tonight. On Sunday, Miller played 27 minutes with six points, four boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers. Give him a look if you're desperate.
Apr 13 - 5:59 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) has swelling and discoloration on his ankle and is not expected to play again this season.

He had a nice rookie year and at times played better then Reggie Jackson. Dinwiddie will have more time to improve this offseason after he couldn't do anything last summer due to an ACL tear at Colorado.
Apr 13 - 5:57 PM

Caron Butler is hoping to remain with the Pistons next season.

Butler has a $4.5 million team option for next year, and that is a lot of money to pay for "veteran presence." Butler called the Pistons his "boys, they're my brothers," and while Stan Van Gundy really likes what Butler brings to the table, the two sides could revisit a new deal if Detroit decides the current price tag is too rich.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 13 - 11:11 AM

Greg Monroe and the Pistons have not had any dialogue about a new contract.

"Greg and I have not spent any time talking about that," Van Gundy said. "I don't think it would be appropriate, number one, to be focusing on anything beyond the rest of the season until the season's over." Monroe also revealed that Joe Dumars' regime never approached him with an initial extension offer, and signs continue to point to the Moose and Detroit going their separate ways this summer.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 13 - 10:46 AM

Quincy Miller replaced Caron Butler SF to begin the second half of Sunday's game, notching six points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one block in 27 minutes.

Miller had played only two minutes since his most recent callup from the D-League in late March, but Stan Van Gundy opted to turn him loose tonight while limiting the minutes of Butler (10 minutes) and Tayshaun Prince (DNP-CD). There's too much uncertainty to recommend Miller as a pickup, but deep-league owners should keep an eye on him with two games left on the schedule.
Apr 12 - 7:20 PM


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