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Pistons Unveil Updated Logo With 'Bad Boys' Inspiration (Image)

May 16, 2017 4:50 PM

The Detroit Pistons released an updated logo on Tuesday that will be used on the club's podium during the NBA Draft Lottery.

The "Detroit Pistons" font has been updated over a redesigned red, white and blue basketball. It is similar to the logo the "Bad Boys" teams sported during back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990.

"We felt very much that we had that pride and we had that logo and then we wanted to contemporize it to reflect this year's team and the next chapter," Charlie Metzger, Pistons executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said. "We modified some of the groove lines. The font is now consistent with what our players have on their jerseys and the outside chrome is symbolic of the Motor City and everything we got going here."

The Pistons move into Little Caesars Arena next season in downtown Detroit.


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Stan Van Gundy: Andre Drummond Needs 'Sense Of Urgency To Elevate His Game'

Apr 15, 2017 7:10 PM

Stan Van Gundy spoke candidly about the career trajectory of Andre Drummond.

Drummond just completed Year 1 of a five-year, $130 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.

"I think that he needs to have a sense of urgency to elevate his game," said Van Gundy. "He's been in the league five years now. He's still young. He hasn't turned 24. So he's got time. He's a very talented guy. He's been one of the elite rebounders in the league. He's got some great things to work with, but there's more there. The sky is the limit for him."

The Pistons finished 37-45 with Drummond and Reggie Jackson having down seasons.

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Pistons Unable To Complete Signing Of Lorenzo Brown, Release Of Beno Udrih

Apr 10, 2017 11:33 AM

The Detroit Pistons were set to sign Lorenzo Brown from the D-League while waiving Beno Udrih, but were unable to complete the transaction in time.

Sunday was the deadline to release Udrih.

Brown has appeared in 63 games in the NBA over the past three seasons. Brown averaged 23.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the D-League this season.

Udrih appeared in 39 games for the Pistons, averaging 5.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 14.4 productive minutes per game.

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Nets To Again Pursue RFAs With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Otto Porter Targeted

Apr 7, 2017 12:33 PM

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to pursue both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Otto Porter in restricted free agency.

Both Caldwell-Pope and Porter will be restricted free agents this offseason.

During last year's offseason, the Nets signed both Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson as restricted free agents to offer sheets. The Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat matched the Nets' aggressive offers for both Crabbe and Johnson respectively.

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Reggie Jackson Shut Down For Remainder Of Season

Apr 7, 2017 11:19 AM

The Detroit Pistons will shut Reggie Jackson down for the rest of the season. Jackson never was able to get fully back following his plasma injection to treat tendinitis in his left knee.

"He won't play these last four games," Stan Van Gundy said. "The plan was to sort of let him step away and clear his mind and go into the offseason without a bad taste in his mouth."

Jackson has been inactive the last five games.

"Reggie was struggling, and for good reason," Van Gundy said. "(There was) a lot of stuff out of his control, and it was weighing on him. We thought at that time sort of being fresh-minded would not only be good for him, but being fresh-minded would help us."

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Pistons Regret Not Sitting Reggie Jackson Earlier

Apr 4, 2017 10:28 PM

The Detroit Pistons regret how they handled Reggie Jackson this season as he underwent surgery before the season and never fully regained his health.

"What we were asking him to do was step up in a pressure situation that he wasn't fully equipped to do at this point," Stan Van Gundy said.

"And that was wearing on him. He was a guy who takes it very seriously and everything else, and he wasn't able to get the attention to himself in getting himself right."

Van Gundy maintains Jackson is fully cleared and able to play after a preseason injection to treat tendinitis in his left knee.

"I think (sitting him) probably should have happened earlier, and I don't think we were real fair with him in that," Van Gundy said. "I'm happy with where we are now. If I had any regret, and I really don't, it would have been that we didn't do this earlier."

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

Mar 31, 2017 10:26 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Wednesday morning in Auburn Hills.

Caldwell-Pope was clocked driving 20 miles over the 25 miles per hour speed limit at 2:50 AM.

An officer smelled alcohol and put Caldwell-Pope through sobriety tests, which indicated impairment. 

Caldwell-Pope was issued a ticket for operating while intoxicated after a Breathalyzer test at the Auburn Hills police station registered his blood-alcohol content at 0.08. 

Caldwell--Pope will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Reggie Jackson: I Felt Like A Shell Of Myself At Times This Season

Mar 29, 2017 12:20 PM

Reggie Jackson had a frustrating 16-17 season in which he could never fully get back from the platelet-rich plasma treatment he underwent for his left knee tendinosis.

“Just felt a little different. There were plays I know I made in ’15 and ’16 and gaps that I could hit and had the confidence to get there at all times,” he said after Tuesday’s loss at the buzzer to Miami gravely wounded his team’s playoff chances. “And this season, at times felt good and I could get there, other times felt like I was a shell of myself.”

“He was absolutely dominant,” Van Gundy said. “He had a great summer.”

The Pistons were 11-10 without Jackson before his early-December return.

“I could see the gap and felt like I couldn’t get there at times, couldn’t explode there, couldn’t get there as quick,” Jackson said. “It was like guys are popping out of nowhere when they get back in front of the ball and get in front of me. Didn’t feel like I was quite the same.”

Jackson is hopeful of a silver lining in what has been a lost season.

“It’s tough, but I also think it’s going to be good in the long run, force me to have to play a little different, force me to have to expand my game,” he said. “I haven’t been great this season by the way that I measure myself, but without pain there wouldn’t be joy. I truly believe there’s light at the end of the tunnel and I see it with everything I’ve gone through so far. This season will all be worth it and will make everything that much more joyful.”

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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. 

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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.

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Reggie Jackson Has 'Had Some Dark Days' This Season Before Tuning Out Media
The Pistons developed another identity when Reggie Jackson was out earlier this season after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection to treat his left knee tendinitis.

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Pistons Considering Replacing Reggie Jackson With Ish Smith In Starting Lineup
Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons need better effort out of their starting point guard.

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

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Not Considered Untouchable By Pistons
The Pistons would expect at least one future first round pick and a front-line player in return for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

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Pistons Listening To Andre Drummond Trade Offers
The Pistons are unlikely to trade Andre Drummond but are not making him untouchable.

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Pistons Listening To Trade Offers For Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond and the Pistons signed a five-year, $125 million extension during the 2016 offseason.

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Pistons, Magic Discussing Reggie Jackson Trade
The Pistons continue to shop Reggie Jackson in trade scenarios.

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

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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