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Nets To Pursue Kentavious Caldwell-Pope In Free Agency

Mar 22, 2017 1:12 PM

The Brooklyn Nets will make Kentavious Caldwell-Pope a top priority this offseason as he hits restricted free agency.

Caldwell-Pope has become the most important player on the Detroit Pistons over the past year.

“You can make the argument that he’s their most important player now. So I think that just shows you the impact that he’s had. He’s gone from defender to arguably their MVP,” said Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who was drafted by Detroit in 2014 and spent his first two seasons playing alongside Caldwell-Pope.

The Vertical reported Detroit doesn’t want to give him a max contract, but it may not have a choice. The Post has confirmed the Nets’ interest and ESPN intimated they would go that high to get him.

“I’m impressed,’’ Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said when asked about Caldwell-Pope. “I love how he competes, how he competes on the defensive end. That’s really the essence of what I see when I watch him play. He plays with force, he competes on the defensive end.

“On a given night he can get 35 on you easily. His speed off the ball, coming off those [dribble handoffs], flying off and somehow [you’re] going to have to find a way to stay attached, stay close to him.”

The Nets can offer Caldwell-Pope a four-year, $103 million offer, but Detroit can offer a five-year deal and still not hit the luxury tax. 

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pat Garrity Considered Candidate For Magic GM Job

Mar 18, 2017 11:49 AM

If the Orlando Magic decide to fire Rob Hennigan but keep Frank Vogel as head coach instead of a more ambitious plan such as hiring Doc Rivers, Pat Garrity has emerged as a potential target.

Garrity is working with the Detroit Pistons under Stan Van Gundy.

Garrity played for the Magic from 1999 until 2008.

After his playing career was over, Garrity completed his MBA at Duke and worked for a hedge fund in Connecticut. Garrity returned to basketball in 2014 when Van Gundy was hired by the Pistons. The Pistons' analytics staff reports to Garrity and he also helps manage Detroit's cap.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Reggie Jackson Has 'Had Some Dark Days' This Season Before Tuning Out Media

Mar 6, 2017 3:03 PM

Reggie Jackson said he has tuned out all media the last few weeks, but he admitted he heard the criticism earlier this year.

The Detroit Pistons developed another identity when Jackson was out earlier this season after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection to treat his left knee tendinitis.

“I could probably not play for the next 10 games and we lost all 10, it’s probably going to be my fault,” Jackson said. “That’s the outside world, that’s the name of the game. That’s how it goes.

“I don’t really listen to it. I can’t control that. I’m just going to control what I control. When I come out here, I’m going to compete to the best of my ability and compete as hard as I can.”

There have been questions as to whether Jackson's drop in production is related to lingering knee issues.

Jackson and the Pistons say he’s fine, but Jackson thinks it more a matter of Van Gundy trying to diversify the offense, a decision Van Gundy made when he saw an ineffective Jackson.

“Maybe it used to (bother me), but that’s why literally I can’t recall an article I’ve read, I can’t really recall watching any interviews — especially since two weeks starting before (the NBA All-Star break),” Jackson said. “I’ve literally just learned to tune out all fans. I’m just coming in here, coming out to do my job each and every day. When this game’s done, it’s done, but I could really (not) care less about anybody else’s opinion anymore.

“I’ve had some dark days throughout the season, but I’ve turned off all the media, I’ve turned everything else off. I’ve been happier in life.”

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pistons Considering Replacing Reggie Jackson With Ish Smith In Starting Lineup

Mar 3, 2017 4:07 PM

Stan Van Gundy is considering promoting Ish Smith into the starting lineup over Reggie Jackson.

Van Gundy said the Detroit Pistons need better effort out of their starting point guard.

"He says he's fine, our medical people say he's fine," Van Gundy said of Jackson. "The difference right now is an energy difference. That's what I talked about with Reggie today. I think for us to be successful with him on the floor, his defense and his energy have to improve."

Smith averaged 9.3 points and 5.7 assists per game in February, and has gradually watched his minutes creep up to nearly 23 minutes a night.

Aaron McMann/MLive

Tags: Ish Smith, Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pistons Aggressively Shopping Reggie Jackson

Feb 23, 2017 10:32 AM

The Detroit Pistons continue to aggressively shop Reggie Jackson.

Detroit has been looking for a Jackson trade for several weeks.

The Pistons are seeking a first round pick, a young player and an expiring contract for Jackson.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Not Considered Untouchable By Pistons

Feb 23, 2017 12:07 AM

The Detroit Pistons have received calls on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

While the Pistons had considered Caldwell-Pope untouchable, they are now listening to offers.

The Pistons would expect at least one future first round pick and a front-line player in return for Caldwell-Pope.

Caldwell-Pope has become one of the NBA's elite 3&D wings and will command a max or near-max deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pistons Listening To Andre Drummond Trade Offers

Feb 22, 2017 9:38 PM

The Detroit Pistons have received trade calls from a number of teams on Andre Drummond. 

While Drummond is unlikely to be dealt, the Pistons have listened to offers from the Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors. 

When contacted by the Blazers, the Pistons sought C.J. McCollum in return. The Blazers consider McCollum to be untouchable. 

Drummond is in the first season of a five-year, $127 million deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pistons Listening To Trade Offers For Andre Drummond

Feb 21, 2017 2:44 PM

Teams around the NBA believe the Detroit Pistons will listen to trade offers for Andre Drummond leading to the deadline.

Drummond and the Pistons signed a five-year, $125 million extension during the 2016 offseason.

Drummond was an All-Star last season but he has continued to be largely the same player he was when he first entered the NBA.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pistons, Magic Discussing Reggie Jackson Trade

Feb 17, 2017 3:06 PM

The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic are discussing a trade of Reggie Jackson for D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green. 

Jackson was acquired by the Pistons near the 2015 deadline and re-signed that offseason. 

Jackson's name surfaced earlier this season in trade talks for Ricky Rubio. 

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pistons Tried To Sign Yogi Ferrell

Feb 16, 2017 12:15 PM

The Detroit Pistons considered signing Yogi Ferrell at the end of training camp after they waived Lorenzo Brown and Ray McCallum.

"He's a guy on draft night that didn't get drafted, and we tried to get in the race for some money to have him guaranteed," Stan Van Gundy said. "But Brooklyn had gobbled him up. He ended up getting cut there and has really latched on and played very, very well for Dallas."

Ferrell has signed a multi-year contract with the Mavericks and is averaging 14.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Aaron McCann/MLive

Tags: Yogi Ferrell, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Tried To Trade For Stanley Johnson With Low Offer
Detroit were split in their draft room between Stanley Johnson and Devin Booker in 2015.

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Pistons Have Solicited Trade Offers For Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson
Andre Drummond is less likely to be traded before the deadline than Reggie Jackson.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Stan Van Gundy: Everybody In NBA Is Available
Stan Van Gundy claims nobody in the NBA is truly untouchable in response to a report that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had joined Andre Drummond in the Pistons' "short list of untouchables."

Aaron McMann/MLive

Reggie Jackson Not Following Trade Rumors
Reggie Jackson was asked to respond to a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves were discussing a trade where he would be dealt for Ricky Rubio.

Aaron McMann/MLive

Stan Van Gundy Insists Pistons Won't Trade Reggie Jackson For Ricky Rubio
Stan Van Gundy confirmed a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves had discussed a multiplayer deal headlined by Reggie Jackson and Ricky Rubio this week.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves, Pistons Discuss Ricky Rubio For Reggie Jackson Trade
No deal appears imminent but the two sides have engaged in talks this week.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tom Gores Backs Stan Van Gundy Despite Slow Start For Pistons
The Pistons entered 16-17 with high expectations but they have a 19-24 record.

ESPN

Pistons Move Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Ahead Of Reggie Jackson On Untouchable List
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be a restricted free agent this offseason and is represented by Rich Paul.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Reggie Jackson Treated For Exhaustion Following Sacramento Loss
Reggie Jackson played his usual 30-plus minutes and he was coming off a season-high 47 minutes on Sunday at Portland.

Aaron McMann/MLive

Pistons To Retire Richard Hamilton's Jersey On Feb. 26th
Rip Hamilton spent nine seasons with Detroit (2002-2011) leading the Pistons in scoring during eight of those nine seasons.

RealGM Staff Report

Pistons Have Lengthy Team Meeting Following Loss
Backup center Aron Baynes called the meeting and it lasted approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Aaron McMann/MLive

Stanley Johnson Taking Stan Van Gundy's 'Tough Love To Heart'
Stanley Johnson has seemingly reclaimed his spot in the Pistons' rotation and won the favor of Stan Van Gundy again.

Aaron McMann/MLive

Pistons Assign Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson, Michael Gbinije To D-League
Stanley Johnson has appeared in 21 games this season averaging 3.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 12.8 minutes per game.

RealGM Staff Report

Andre Drummond Receives $15,000 Fine For Striking Roy Hibbert In Head
Andre Drummond was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected for the elbow to Roy Hibbert.

RealGM Staff Report

Reggie Bullock Out 2-4 Months With Surgery On Left Knee
Reggie Bullock will undergo surgery for a meniscus tear in his left knee.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Reggie Bullock Tears Meniscus In Left Knee
Reggie Bullock recently worked his way back into the Pistons' rotation.

Aaron McCann/MLive

Andre Drummond Works On Free Throws In Empty Arena After Loss
Andre Drummond is shooting 51 percent from the free-throw line but has struggled of late.

Aaron McMann/MLive

Reggie Jackson Cleared For Contact Drills
Reggie Jackson has been cleared for contact drills in practice as he continues rehabbing his left knee.

Aaron McCann/MLive

Pistons To Announce Move To New Arena In Downtown Detroit
The Pistons have played at the Palace of Auburn Hills since 1988.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Tobias Harris Hired Personal Chef, Began Meditating In Offseason
Tobias Harris hired a personal chef in the offseason to help improve his conditioning.

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