Sep 17, 2014 11:50 AM EDT
Brandon Jennings has gained approximately 25 extra pounds of muscle in the offseason.
“I’m about 185, 190 on my good days,” said Jennings, noticeably thicker but still wiry.
Jennings expects the added weight to help on defense, as well as absorbing contact when driving to the basket.
Jennings also said Stan Van Gundy reminds him of Scott Skiles, who was his first coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.
“He’s really big on details and he said you’re gonna have to play defense and give your all, every night,” Jennings said. “He already said it, I’m not expecting you to lock guys up one on one. Guys are just too good. But what we can do is give a good effort and play team defense.”
Sep 09, 2014 9:45 PM EDT
Chauncey Billups has decided to retire after 17 seasons in the NBA.
Billups became an unrestricted free agent when the Pistons declined the second and final year of a contract option that would have paid him $2.5 million next season.
Billups had interest in playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the offseason.
Billups missed 185 games over the past three seasons.
"It's just time. I'm happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me. I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process."
Sep 09, 2014 1:38 PM EDT
Greg Monroe has been suspended two games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired, the NBA announced on Tuesday.
Monroe signed a qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons this week after being unable to negotiate a new contract.
Sep 08, 2014 11:14 PM EDT
Detroit mayor Mike Duggan said on Monday that he remains interested in bringing the Detroit Pistons to the downtown area of the city.
The Pistons currently play in Auburn Hills.
"I think most Pistons fans would like to see the Pistons come back from Oakland County and and come down here," Duggan said. "And I even think (Detroit billionaire and Cleveland Cavaliers owner) Dan Gilbert would like to see the Pistons come downtown in his neighborhood.
"And hopefully I can get that done before my term is up."
Duggan appeared to suggest he's probably discussed it with Gores.
"You know, I would love to see it," Duggan said. "The Gores family and the Pistons actually own the arena up in Auburn Hills which makes it a little more difficult.
"But if you look at the attendance for the Lions, the Tigers and the Red Wings downtown, and you look at the attendance for the Pistons up in Auburn Hills, I think they could benefit enormously."
Sep 08, 2014 3:27 PM EDT
Greg Monroe has signed the Detroit Pistons' one-year qualifying offer for the 2014-15 season
“I have said from day one that we have great respect for Greg as a person and like what he brings to this team as a player,” said Stan Van Gundy. “We have had good dialogue with Greg throughout the offseason with the understanding that there were multiple options for both parties involved, and we respect his decision. We look forward to a great year from Greg as we continue to build our team moving forward.”
“I look forward to playing for Coach Van Gundy and his staff,” said Monroe. He has a proven track record and I’m excited about working with my teammates to get better and prepare for the season.”
Sep 05, 2014 6:46 PM EDT
Greg Monroe has signed his qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons.
Monroe will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015.
Monroe and the Pistons were unable to agree upon a long-term contract.
Aug 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
Greg Monroe's agent explored sign-and-trade scenarios with at least five other teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers.
Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.
Monroe ultimately was forced to sign for the qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons and will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Aug 12, 2014 7:47 PM EDT
Greg Monroe has told the Detroit Pistons that he will accept the qualifying offer for the 14-15 season and become a free agent next summer.
Monroe will play for $5.479 million after he was unable to get a deal done on a long-term contract with the Pistons or any other club.
Monroe cannot be traded without his consent once he signs the qualfiying offer.
Ben Gordon and Raymond Felton are two players that have recently signed qualifying offers coming into restricted free agency.
Aug 12, 2014 11:01 AM EDT
Greg Monroe is "definitely" willing to take the one-year qualifying offer worth $5.3 million next season with the Detroit Pistons in order to become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
Monroe has disputed being offered a five-year, $60 million contract by the Pistons.
Monroe reportedly doesn’t have anything against the Pistons or new coach/president Stan Van Gundy. In fact, the source said, Monroe “likes Van Gundy and likes what he says,” but added that Monroe “needs proof (of Van Gundy’s vision).”
The Pistons have attempted to trade Josh Smith at various times in the offseason as he has been a bad fit in the frontcourt with Monroe and Andre Drummond.
Aug 11, 2014 12:34 PM EDT
Malik Allen has been hired by the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach.
Stan Van Gundy coached Allen during their time together with the Miami Heat and had remained in close contact ever since.
"We just happened to be talking and I said, 'Listen, if there is anything I can do or any capacity I can help, let's stay in touch,' " Allen said in a phone interview. "So then we talked more and more in depth about how I can fit with the organization."
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