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Pistons Waive Nikola Jovanovic

Oct 17, 2016 7:29 PM

The Detroit Pistons have requested waivers on forward Nikola Jovanovic.

He saw action in one preseason game (at Philadelphia on 10/15) with Detroit.

Jovanovic, who was signed as a free agent on September 26, played three years at the University of Southern California and averaged 10.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 98 games for the Trojans. He averaged 12-plus points and 7.0 rebounds in both his sophomore and junior years and shot better than 50% from the field in all three of his collegiate years.

A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Jovanovic became the 36th player in USC history to record 1,000-plus points.

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Reggie Jackson Out 6-8 Weeks Following PRP Treatment

Oct 10, 2016 6:32 PM

Reggie Jackson received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections on Monday morning to treat left knee tendinosis and an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprain of his right thumb.

Jackson is expected to miss approximately six to eight weeks and recovery will be monitored throughout the rehabilitation process. 

Jackson underwent the same procedure in the past with the Thunder.

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Reggie Jackson To Undergo Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment On Knee

Oct 10, 2016 11:37 AM

Reggie Jackson has decided to treat the pain in his left knee by undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Jackson will undergo the treatment on Monday.

Jackson was expected to miss six to eight weeks with his knee injury, but that was before a decision was made on Jackson's treatment.

Jackson previously underwent PRP treatment in 2011 when he was playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder.


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Reggie Jackson Out 6-8 Weeks With Knee Tendinitis

Oct 5, 2016 11:16 AM

The Detroit Pistons will explore the point guard market with Reggie Jackson out six to eight weeks

Jackson has struggled with tendinitis in his left knee for years. Jackson is unlikely to undergo surgery at this time.

The Pistons signed Ish Smith to be Jackson's backup in the offseason.

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Nikola Jovanovic, Trey Freeman Sign Camp Deals With Pistons

Sep 16, 2016 12:12 PM

Nikola Jovanovic and Trey Freeman have signed camp deals with the Detroit Pistons.

Jovanovic played for the Lakers and Magic in Summer League. Jovanovic averaged 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in his junior season at USC.

Freeman played for the Rockets in Summer League. Freeman averaged 22.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his senior season at Old Dominion.

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Lakers Briefly Considered Pistons' Offer Of Grant Hill For Kobe Bryant In 1999

Sep 2, 2016 11:26 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers briefly considered trading Kobe Bryant to the Detroit Pistons in 1999 when they were offered Grant Hill.

Hill was one season away from free agency and ultimately signed with the Orlando Magic.

“Kobe showed up at the press conference that introduced me as the new Lakers coach," said Phil Jackson. "He came up to my hotel room afterwards and we had our first face-to-face connection. He said he had read all about my championships with the Bulls and had studied several game tapes, so he was very excited. Kobe was 20 years old and had already played three NBA seasons.

“The Summer League was in Los Angeles that year and we sat together to watch the games that the Lakers had. Jim Cleamons was one of my assistant coaches in Chicago and would also be on my staff with the Lakers. So it was JC who coached the team of free-agent hopefuls and draft choices. As I explained the unfolding of the elementary triangle offense that JC had installed, as well as more of the advanced principles, Kobe was still excited.  It was clear to me that he not only was willing to learn, but that he really wanted to learn.

“Then he fell and broke his wrist in our first exhibition game. For several weeks, Kobe had to be sidelined and watch guys like Shaq, Glen Rice, Ron Harper, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher, A.C. Green, Brian Shaw and Robert Horry pile up a 10-1 record. Shaq had really bought into the triangle and was well established at the heart of our offense.

“When Kobe was healed and ready to return, I was a bit reluctant to make a major alteration in our winning combination. So I suggested that Kobe come off the bench. ‘I don’t see myself not starting,’ was his response. ‘I don’t want to be known as a bench player.’ Here was a 20-year-old already concerned about his legacy. So we had a little pushback, an indication of what might lie ahead.

“A couple of weeks later, we’re still winning and Shaq is completely motivated. But Kobe was only averaging about 19 points per game. So Kobe called Jerry West and wanted to know how Jerry and Elgin Baylor both averaged 30 points. Kobe also said that he wanted to be traded. Of course, Jerry told me about the conversation. And, for a few minutes I thought about taking the Pistons up on an offer they made to trade Kobe for Grant Hill. Make that a few seconds.

“The thing was that Kobe already saw himself as being one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. I thought that, in time, he would indeed reach that goal.

“Anyway, he was not going to be traded. So we’d talk about being patient, and letting the game come to him. But Kobe would sometimes still go off on his own, disregarding the offense and trying to single-handedly take over the game. When I called him on this, he’d say that for us to keep on winning, there was a lot for him to do."

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Dunc'd On Pod: Season Outlooks On Thunder With Fred Katz, Pistons With Dan Feldman

Sep 1, 2016 9:40 PM

Dunc'd On's Season Outlook series begins with Fred Katz (@FredKatz) of the Norman Transcript and the Locked on Thunder podcast. Nate Duncan and Katz analyze how the Thunder will look in the absence of Kevin Durant, how their new additions fit in, potential breakout and regression candidates, overrated and underrated players, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and finally give our predictions for the Thunder season.

At 1:01, we give the same treatment to the Detroit Pistons with Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) of NBC Sports and the Locked on Pistons Podcast.

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman

Sep 1, 2016 3:05 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast (@NateDuncanNBA) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast (@DanFeldmanNBA) break down the Central Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (11:18), choose the Central’s best newcomer (19:35) and pick the rookies they are most excited to see (26:32).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (40:32), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the Central (47:45), choose breakout players (50:27) and much more, including what Cleveland may get with their big trade exception.



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Andre Drummond: Boban Marjanovic 'Absolutely' Better Than Expected

Aug 30, 2016 12:49 PM

Andre Drummond has been impressed by Boban Marjanovic during their informal pickup matchups this summer.

"I was telling the guys after we got done playing our first pickup game, that might have been the first (time) I've been really frustrated playing against someone," Drummond said Monday, appearing at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy celebrity golf outing.

"It's so hard to score on him."

The Detroit Pistons signed Marjanovic to a three-year, $21 million deal this offseason.

"Boban is a hell of a player," Drummond said. "He's been a huge addition for us, and he's definitely going to be a big help for us throughout this season as well."

Drummond was asked if Marjanovic is better than he expected.

"Absolutely," replied Drummond.

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Trey Freeman Agrees To Camp Deal With Pistons

Aug 29, 2016 11:09 PM

Trey Freeman has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Detroit Pistons.

Freeman went undrafted out of Old Dominion in 2016.

Freeman was a two-time First-team All-Conference USA selection.

Playing for the Houston Rockets in Summer League, Freeman averaged 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 18.4 minutes per game.

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Spurs Hire Brian Wright From Pistons As Assistant GM
The Spurs have lost Sean Marks to the Nets and Scott Layden to the Timberwolves so far in 2016.

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Boban Marjanovic Agrees To Three-Year, $21M Offer Sheet With Pistons
Boban Marjanovic emerged this season as a rookie with the San Antonio Spurs, posting some of the NBA's most impressive per minute stats.

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Pistons Identified As 'Mystery Team' That Met With Al Horford
Al Horford has since zeroed in on the Celtics, Wizards and Hawks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Jon Leuer Agrees To Four-Year, $42M Deal With Pistons
Jon Leuer has agreed upon a four-year, $42 million deal with the Pistons.

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Andre Drummond, Pistons Agree Upon Five-Year, $130M Max Deal
Andre Drummond will have a player option for Year 5 of the deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Ish Smith Agrees To Three-Year, $18M Deal With Pistons
Ish Smith wanted to re-sign with the 76ers but received no interest at the start of free agency.

Rod Beard/The Detroit News

Pistons, Wizards, Bulls, Lakers, Mavs Interested In Maurice Harkless
Moe Harkless is a restricted free agent, which gives the Blazers the right to match.

Alex Kennedy/Basketball Insiders

Pistons Trade Jodie Meeks To Magic
The Pistons and Magic are nearing agreement on a trade involving Jodie Meeks.

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Al Horford To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, Celtics, Nets
The Hawks can offer Al Horford a fifth season and more lucrative raises than any rival team.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers, Magic, Pistons To Pursue Al Horford In Free Agency
Al Horford has become even more valuable over the past few seasons with his improved three-point shooting and versatility on defense.

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Pistons Trade Spencer Dinwiddie To Bulls For Cameron Bairstow
Cameron Bairstow, 25, appeared in 18 games (two starts) with Chicago last season, averaging 1.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 5.7 minutes.

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Otis Smith Hired By Pistons As Director Of Player Development
Otis Smith joins the Pistons' staff as director of player development/assistant coach.

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Jeff Bower Agrees To Multi-Year Extension With Pistons
Jeff Bower has been the top day-to-day executive for Stan Van Gundy and helped engineer trades for Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris.

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Dunc'd On: Warriors/Cavs Game 4, Pistons Offseason
A full recap of Golden State's huge Game 4 victory over Cleveland. How the Warriors were able to wear down the Cavs before an offseason preview of the Pistons.

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Pistons Considered Tobias Harris Their 2016 Offseason Signing
The Pistons acquired Tobias Harris from the Magic in February.

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Stanley Johnson: I'm Definitely In LeBron's Head
Stanley Johnson believes he's succeeding in defending LeBron James.

Rod Beard/The Detroit News

Stan Van Gundy Fined $25,000 For Publicly Criticizing Refs
Stan Van Gundy made the comments during an interview on ABC between the first and second quarter of Game 1.

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Stan Van Gundy Criticizes Refs' Treatment Of LeBron James
After the game, Stan Van Gundy said the officiating was not the reason Detroit lost.

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Warriors, Pistons, Spurs Allowed Fewest Catch-And-Shoot 3's Per 100
The Warriors were first with 15.4 catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100, followed by the Pistons with 15.5 and the Spurs with 15.8.

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Pistons Sign Lorenzo Brown For Remainder Of Season
Lorenzo Brown signed two 10-day contracts with the Pistons this season (March 18 and March 28) but did not appear in a game with Detroit.

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