Player News - Pistons

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The Pistons have shown interest in the NBA’s Kiki VanDeWeghe, Memphis’ Ed Stefanski, Houston’s Gersson Rosas, Brooklyn’s Trajan Langdon, Brent Barry and Miami’s Shane Battier as candidates to run basketball operations, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Woj adds that general manager Jeff Bower would "ascend to top basketball decision-maker" in the organization. The Pistons do not sound like they're close on filling the void left by Stan Van Gundy.
May 16 - 4:09 PM

The Toronto Raptors are unlikely to pursue Stan Van Gundy for their head coaching vacancy.

SVG was recently let go by the Pistons and is still trying to land his next gig. Mike Budenholzer, as well as Raptors assistants Rex Kalamian and Nick Nurse are the leading candidates.
Source: Real GM
May 13 - 10:33 AM

Stan Van Gundy said he was willing to give up his front office duties and just coach the Pistons next season.

The Pistons parted ways with Van Gundy on Monday. SVG was serving as both head coach and President of Basketball Operations. "When it came down to this, I was perfectly willing to only go in one role and to give up the front office and go into [just] coaching," said Van Gundy. "I didn’t fight to hang on to that at all. I was more than willing to just move over into the [coaching] role." SVG also said he'd like to coach again if the right situation presented itself.
May 8 - 10:06 AM

The Pistons have parted ways with head coach Stan Van Gundy.

SVG was also the President of Basketball Operations, but was very underwhelming in each role. One candidate to replace SVG in the front office is Brent Barry, and it won't be long before we hear about potential candidates for the coaching vacancy. The Pistons have a bloated payroll and a limited ceiling based on their current roster, so it will be interesting to see what the new leadership will bring to the table.
May 7 - 1:28 PM

Pistons owner Tom Gores wants Stan Van Gundy to return as coach for the final year of his contract, but prefers that scenario include structural changes to the franchise's front office, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

According to this report, Gores has suggested changes to Van Gundy's role as president of basketball operations, but SVG is resisting. Also according to Woj, some of that discussion has centered on the future role of general manager Jeff Bower, who is also in the final year of his contract. The Pistons have been a disappointment since SVG took over, especially with several misses in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
May 1 - 4:34 PM

Pistons owner Tom Gores and President/Coach Stan Van Gundy will meet next week to discuss Van Gundy's future, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Things are not going well for the Pistons right now and they've missed on basically every draft pick since SVG took over, especially taking Luke Kennard over Donovan Mitchell. Van Gundy has one year left on his contract, so it's possible they part ways.
Apr 19 - 9:18 PM

Free agent Anthony Tolliver said he would prefer to return to the Detroit next season, but is uncertain of where he will wind up.

Tolliver played a larger role than expected in 2017-18, due primarily to injuries to Jon Leuer and Blake Griffin. Over the final ten games of the season, Tolliver averaged 7.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 treys. "This is where I call home. I've been here longer than anywhere else in my career and would love to keep that going," Tolliver said near the end of the season. "But at the end of the day, got to see what's up this summer. You never know what teams are going to do, what organizations are going to do."
Source: M Live
Apr 17 - 10:22 AM

Henry Ellenson went out on a high-note Wednesday, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

Andre Drummond (Achilles), Blake Griffin (ankle) and Reggie Bullock (knee) were out tonight, so the reserves got plenty of run. The focus now shifts to coach Stan Van Gundy's future, and he received tepid support from owner Tom Gores this week. "We got to make some changes," Gores said. "I’m just not sure what [the changes] are ... so I need to hear from Stan." No matter who is coaching Detroit next year, it'll be hard for Ellenson to hold fantasy value while Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin are around.
Apr 11 - 10:32 PM

Eric Moreland racked up multiple career-highs on Wednesday with 16 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks in 41 minutes of action.

Moreland was filling in for Andre Drummond (Achilles) in the Pistons' final game of the season, and he took full advantage of the extra run, resulting in his second career double-double. The rebounds and defensive stats probably won some matchups for owners who streamed him, and it's a terrific way to end his season. Assuming the Pistons guarantee his $1.8 million salary, though, it'll be hard to find daylight in the frontcourt.
Apr 11 - 10:31 PM

Luke Kennard scored a career-high 23 points on Wednesday, making 8-of-14 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with five rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers and one steal.

Kennard closes the season on a tear over the past three games, averaging 20.3 points on 53.9% shooting, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals. The supporting stats are crucial and would give Kennard another dimension as a fantasy asset, although he's done little to make us think the recent surge is sustainable. We'll keep a close eye on his progress throughout the offseason.
Apr 11 - 10:31 PM

Eric Moreland getting the start vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin are not playing in this game, so there are a lot of frontcourt minutes available. Henry Ellenson should still see a ton of minutes off the bench, especially with the Bulls having a smaller second unit.
Apr 11 - 7:25 PM

Dwight Buycks (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Bulls.

He's a non-factor in the rotation, so his absence from the active roster is meaningless in fantasy hoops.
Apr 11 - 12:36 PM

Blake Griffin (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Bulls, as expected.

There's zero incentive for Griffin to get out there and risk a setback with his ankle issue with nothing to play for, and with both him and Andre Drummond (Achilles) watching from the sidelines tonight, Henry Ellenson might be able to flirt with minutes in the 30s. Griffin was okay through 25 games iwth the Pistons, churning out averages of 19.8 points, 6.6 boards, 6.2 dimes and 1.9 triples per contest on 43.3% shooting, but adding some shooting to Detroit's backcourt this summer could really help improve Griffin's shooting percentage.
Apr 11 - 12:35 PM

Andre Drummond (Achilles), Blake Griffin (ankle) and Dwight Buycks (rest) will not play in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Bulls.

This game is meaningless, so there's no incentive for any of these guys to get out there tonight. Eric Moreland and Anthony Tolliver should be looking at another start tonight, and Henry Ellenson might finally get his time to shine. Buycks wasn't in the rotation, so his absence will not have an impact in fantasy hoops.

Andre Drummond (Achilles) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

Drummond sat out Monday's loss to the Raptors, and the Pistons have no incentive to play him on Wednesday either unless he is 100 percent healthy. Eric Moreland started Monday vs. Toronto and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in 32 minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 10 - 1:41 PM


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