Player News - Pistons

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Phil Pressey is expected to play for Detroit's summer league team.

Pressey had been playing in the D-League to close out the 2015-16 season, and while his lack of size is always going to be an issue, he'll try to get at least a training camp invite with a strong showing this summer.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 27 - 10:23 AM

Jarvis Varnado is expected to play for Detroit's summer league team, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.

Varnado was last on the NBA radar when the Sixers waived him prior to the 2014-15 season beginning, but he'll try to use summer league as a springboard to generate interest in his game.
Jun 27 - 10:21 AM

Jordan Bachynski is expected to play on Detroit's summer league team.

Bachynski was waived by the Pistons just before the 2015-16 campaign began, but it's possible he'll be able to stick around this time as a cheap insurance policy.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 27 - 10:16 AM

The Pistons are not expected to pick up the $2.5 million option on Joel Anthony's contract for the 2016-17 season, according to Keith Langlois of NBA.com

Stan Van Gundy did not mention Anthony by name when recently discussing the upcoming season, so Langlois took that as evidence that the big man is unlikely to return. Detroit already has Andre Drummond, Aron Baynes and the recently acquired Cameron Bairstow at center, so Anthony as an insurance policy is probably no longer necessary. For what it's worth, SVG added that he'd like to acquire two additional big men during the offseason.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 27 - 10:13 AM

Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons could play Aron Baynes and Andre Drummond together.

"You saw Oklahoma City play a lot with two centers," he said. "They’re playing [Steven] Adams and [Enes] Kanter together. I think we can do that with Andre [Drummond] and Aron [Baynes]." We wouldn't expect the pairing for long stretches if Van Gundy commits to it all, especially with Tobias Harris penciled in as the starting four and Marcus Morris in the fold. Furthermore, SVG plans to pursue one additional power forward in free agency.

The attempted murder charges against Eric Griffin have been dropped.

Griffin was falsely accused and has now been vindicated and he's eager to put this whole mess behind him. He's been trying to make an NBA squad since 2012, but has never hung on past training camp.
Jun 26 - 2:24 PM

Stan Van Gundy said that Michael Gbinije will start at point guard for the Pistons' summer league team.

If Gbinije plays well at the point, SVG said that he could open the season as the Pistons' third-string PG, meaning SVG will still look to add a primary backup to Reggie Jackson in free agency. Gbinije is 6'7" and can play three positions, so it won't be the end of the world if he doesn't find success at the point. The fifth-year senior out of Syracuse probably won't see too many minutes in his rookie season.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 25 - 1:39 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said Michael Gbinije can play three positions.

One of those positions is point guard, so the Pistons might only look to sign one free agent point guard behind Reggie Jackson. Gbinije was a fifth-year point guard, but there's certainly a reason he slipped to 49 in the draft. He was a 39.2 percent shooter from deep in each of his last two seasons, so that might be something SVG can appreciate.
Jun 24 - 3:00 PM

The Pistons will continue to shop Jodie Meeks.

This is fairly obvious. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has really panned out for the Pistons and gets serious minutes. Meeks' contract expires after the 2016-17 season.
Jun 24 - 2:17 PM

Stan Van Gundy said that Henry Ellenson may not be in the rotation next season.

"I think he's a guy that has a chance to get on the floor," Van Gundy said. "Now is he a guy in your top eight? I don't know. It's too early. We'll start the process with him and see how it goes. I think we'll be in a position where he's good enough to maybe get on the floor but we're in a position that he doesn't have to. We're not going to rush him. If he needs more time, that's fine." Ellenson gives the Pistons some extra depth at the four, but it doesn't sound like he's going to see a lot of minutes. For what it's worth, SVG said that Ellenson was No. 10 on their draft board.
Source: M Live
Jun 24 - 10:40 AM

The Pistons selected Michael Gbinije with the 49th pick in the Draft.

Gbinije is a fifth-year senior point guard from Syracuse where he averaged 17.5 points, 4.3 assists, 4.1 boards, 1.9 steals and 2.5 3-pointers, and he's a solid athlete with good size at 6'7". It's unclear if he will play point guard in the NBA, but it's obvious that the Pistons need a reliable backup for Reggie Jackson.
Jun 23 - 11:55 PM

The Detroit Pistons have selected Henry Ellenson with the No. 18 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Ellenson is one of the better offensive prospects at power forward and was named Big East Rookie of the Year and All-Conference in his freshman season. Ellenson projects as more of a power forward, but a seven-foot, 242-pound frame could help him play some five. On the downside, he’s not very explosive to defend quicker fours on the perimeter. Ellenson is likely to prioritize player development in his rookie season, but he could work to assume the Anthony Tolliver role under Stan Van Gundy. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris should take up most of the time at power forward. Ellenson isn't about to get minutes over Andre Drummond or Aron Baynes at center, either.

Andre Drummond will not play for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Drummond had a very limited role with Team USA during the FIBA tournament, so perhaps that factored into his decision to not participate. Drummond will now have the entire offseason to work on his game, and he'll reportedly put on emphasis on improving at the charity stripe. Additionally, Drummond will be a restricted free agent this summer, and all signs point to him signing a max deal with the Pistons.
Jun 23 - 2:26 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Magic aggressively pursued Chauncey Billups to be Frank Vogel's lead assistant.

The talks were serious, but Billups has reportedly declined the offer. It sounds like Billups is at least open to the idea of coaching in the NBA, so we'll let you know if he's linked to any other teams.
Jun 21 - 8:38 PM

Stan Van Gundy said that the Pistons will be playing to Stanley Johnson's weaknesses during Summer League.

"We’ll almost be playing to his weaknesses in a lot of cases this year," Van Gundy said of what Johnson can expect at Summer League. "We’re going to use the Summer League, at least in his case, as a developmental tool for him." Van Gundy wants Johnson to improve as a playmaker in pick-and-roll sets, in addition to working on his shooting mechanics and foot work. The talent is certainly there for Johnson, but it'll be hard for him to establish himself as a standard league asset with Tobias Harris ahead of him on the depth chart.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 21 - 6:20 PM


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