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Pistons Assign Tony Mitchell To D-League

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has assigned forward Tony Mitchell to the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.

Mitchell, drafted 37th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, appeared in 21 games for the Pistons last season averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Aaron Gray Remaining Active With Pistons Despite Being Waived

Aaron Gray remains at the Detroit Pistons' practice facility helping put big men through drills while being sidelined after a cardiac episode over the summer.

"I had my first kind of 'shock' here," Gray said, referring to the Pistons' practice facility, "then it was kind of a rollercoaster over the next two days."

Gray does extensive cardio exercises and undergoes regular testing.

"We're just taking it one step at a time right now -- still gathering information, same old answers -- and preparing for the next step," Gray said. "What step we're on, or what step we'll get to, I don't know. Eventually, there will have to be a decision on whether I can play basketball again or not."

Gray was waived and the Pistons traded for Joel Anthony to replace his roster spot since he would not likely be cleared.

Gray stayed for his rehabilitation and remains active in the game by drilling big men for a team that released him.

"They brought me here for a service," Gray said. "Even though I've been waived, the type of guy I am, I'm still getting paid for two years. I just wouldn't feel right not contributing as much as I possibly could.

"The organization's been great. It's been great being around the bigs, giving them as much knowledge as I can, helping out as much as possible, and just being able to use the facilities during my rehab."

 

Via David Mayo/MLive

Josh Smith: Kenneth Faried Is 'A Clown'

Josh Smith had strong words for Kenneth Faried to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News on Thursday.

Smith was responding to a quote from Faried in which he said that Smith "shot them out of the game."

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 89-79. Smith scored 25 points on 9-for-22 shooting.

"He's a clown, quote me on that," said Smith.

"He fears me. He's scared of me. He knows it's coming."

Via Vincent Goodwill/Detroit News

Aaron Gray Waived By Pistons

Aaron Gray was waived by the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, the team announced.

Gray had reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Pistons during free agency.

The Pistons' roster stands at 15.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pistons Waive Hasheem Thabeet, Brian Cook, Lorenzo Brown, Josh Bostic

The Detroit Pistons released Hasheem Thabeet, Brian Cook, Lorenzo Brown and Josh Bostic on Monday, the team announced.

All four players were on non-guaranteed deals for training camp.

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Celtics Trade Joel Anthony To Pistons For Will Bynum

The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons have traded Joel Anthony for Will Bynum.

The Celtics appear to be making the move with roster flexibility in mind. The Celtics have 16 fully guaranteed contracts on their books and must trim that down to 15 before the start of the regular season.

If the Celtics ultimately elect to waive Bynum, the $900,000 savings from the trade would give them additional flexibility with the goal of staying under the tax line this season.

Via Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Chase Budinger Made Available By Wolves In Trade Talks

Chase Budinger has been made available in trade talks by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets have shown an interest in Budinger, among several other teams.

Houston and Detroit are reluctant to take on the $5 million player option on Budinger's contract.

The Wolves have an excess of forwards and minutes may be limited for Budinger.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Chauncey Billups Hired As Analyst By ESPN

Chauncey Billups has been hired by ESPN to work as a studio analyst for the upcoming NBA season. Billups will appear on NBA Tonight, SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast and ESPN Radio, among other ESPN properties.
 
“With my experience and passion for the game, I think I can spark interest with viewers,” Billups said in an interview with Sports Illustrated on Tuesday. “I think I have a unique perspective.”

Billups was limited to just 61 games over the past three seasons.

“I’m the kind of guy who has to be two feet in if I am going to give my best effort so broadcasting is something I looking at long-term,” said Billups, 37. “This is what I want to do and the avenue I want to take. At the moment, I’m not thinking about working in an NBA front office or coaching or anything else. I’m thinking about being the best I can be at ESPN in the studio.”

Via Richard Deitsch/Sports Ilustrated

Jodie Meeks Out Eight Weeks With Back Injury

Jodie Meeks has a stress reaction in his lower back and will be out eight weeks.

Meeks signed with the Detroit Pistons in the offseason.

The Pistons will be forced to play Josh Smith more at small forward while Meeks is out.

Via Vincent Goodwill/Detroit News

Detroit Pistons Archives

Jeff Bower Has Freedom To Pursue Trades As Pistons' GM

Jeff Bower consults daily with Stan Van Gundy about ways in which the Pistons can improve their roster.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Out One Week With Knee Strain

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s MRI results on his left knee showed no structural damage.

Stuckey: Pistons' Decline Started By Trading Away Billups

Rodney Stuckey used Chauncey Billups as a mentor while both played with the Pistons.

Josh Smith Praised For Efforts In Practice, Exclusively Playing Power Forward

Josh Smith has been praised for his efforts during training camp for the Pistons.

Pistons Sign Brian Cook, Josh Bostic To Camp Contracts

Brian Cook played for the Pistons' summer league team in July.

Hasheem Thabeet Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Pistons

The Pistons will give Hasheem Thabeet an opportunity to make the team out of training camp.

Denzel Bowles Close To Signing With Jilin Of China

Denzel Bowles received a training camp invitation from the Pistons.

Lorenzo Brown To Sign One-Year Deal With Pistons

Lorenzo Brown has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Pistons, a league source told RealGM.

Brandon Jennings Adds 25 Pounds Of Muscle

Brandon Jennings has gained approximately 25 extra pounds of muscle in the offseason.

Chauncey Billups Retires After 17 NBA Seasons

Chauncey Billups became a 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.

Greg Monroe Suspended Two Games By NBA For Driving While Visibly Impaired

Greg Monroe has been suspended two games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired, the NBA announced on Tuesday.

Detroit Mayor Expresses Interest In Bringing Pistons To Downtown

The Pistons currently play in Auburn Hills.

Greg Monroe Officially Signs Qualifying Offer With Pistons

Greg Monroe has signed the Pistons' one-year qualifying offer for the 14-15 season

Greg Monroe Signs Qualifying Offer With Pistons

Greg Monroe and the Pistons were unable to agree upon a long-term contract.

Monroe Explored Sign-And-Trade With Thunder, Blazers, At Least Three Other Clubs

Greg Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.

Greg Monroe To Accept Pistons' Qualifying Offer, Will Become 2015 Free Agent

Greg 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.

Greg Monroe 'Definitely' Willing To Take Qualifying Offer

Greg Monroe has disputed being offered a five-year, $60 million contract by the Pistons.

Pistons Hire Malik Allen As Assistant Coach

Stan Van Gundy coached Malik Allen during their time together with the Heat and had remained in close contact ever since.

Pistons Still Expect To Resolve Contract With Greg Monroe

Tom Gores insisted that the Pistons remain hopeful to re-sign Greg Monroe.

Otis Smith In Talks To Become Pistons' D-League Coach

Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith worked together with the Magic.
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