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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

Jeff Bower Has Freedom To Pursue Trades As Pistons' GM

Jeff Bower can openly discuss trades with other teams as part of his job duties as general manager of the Detroit Pistons.

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

"That question is asked a lot," Bower said, referring to his trade empowerment. "But no matter what the structure is, the G.M. isn't going to make a trade without his head coach, his understanding of it, his involvement, his buy-in with it, because it won't work without that. In this case, we all have ideas about things. I'll have ideas that I'll take to Stan; Stan will give ideas to me, and scenarios that he'd like to look into. It's a constant exchange, back and forth."

Van Gundy and Bower oversaw the biggest front-office expansion in Pistons history this offseason, with 43 employees in basketball operations, up from 33 last season.

Bower said he and Van Gundy started by identifying the jobs they felt were necessary, then catered the structure to it, "as opposed to working with the flow chart first."

Bower embraced analytics with New Orleans, particularly during his second stint as the team's general manager from 2005-10.

"We really put a lot of weight into measuring things, and into tracking things, and into gauging what we were getting back in return for what we were spending," Bower said. "It's a spotlight is how I look at it. You bring things to the table that have some patterns and traits, that maybe would take longer to identify without the use of numbers. But it has to always be partnered with evaluation and observation."

Via David Mayo/MLive

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Out One Week With Knee Strain

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s MRI results on his left knee showed no structural damage, the Detroit Pistons announced Monday.

The injury has been re-classified as a left knee strain. Caldwell-Pope will miss this week’s preseason games at Charlotte, Orlando and Atlanta and will be re-evaluated upon the club’s return to Detroit next week.

Caldwell-Pope suffered the injury during the third quarter of Sunday's 91-89 preseason loss at Washington.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Stuckey: Pistons' Decline Started By Trading Away Billups

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

The Indiana Pacers' new guard believes the Pistons' downspin both as a team and individually started from the franchise trading Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson in 2008.

“Once Chauncey was traded, everything went downhill from there,” Stuckey said. “Chauncey was the glue who held everything together. Once he was traded, it was a domino effect. One thing after another. Something happened, then this happened, that happened. So it was tough, you know?

“You go from this guy who's been an All-Star and Finals MVP to a guy like Allen Iverson who's a completely different type of player. Chauncey was the leader, the role model. Allen Iverson was a scorer, a guy who just gets buckets. He can give you 40 if you want him to. And then you have Rip (Hamilton) on the other side that you need to get the ball to and you can't forget about Tayshaun (Prince). It was a tough situation. It was a lot that was thrown at one person at one time. I was just trying to figure stuff out. But it happened the way it happened. You learn from each experience.”

Stuckey is ready for a fresh start with the Pacers, where he is expected to play a significant role with the absences of Paul George and Lance Stephenson.

“I don't like losing,” Stuckey said. “Sometimes in Detroit, we'd be close in a game and be losing and people would be OK with it because it was a close game and we played hard. But we still lost. I don't accept that. I want to win. That's where a lot of the conflict came from. I'm a competitor, man. I don't like losing. I don't come out here just to get a sweat and lose and be happy. That's not me. I try to compete each and every night and let the chips fall.”

Via Mark Moneith/Pacers.com

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

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

Smith has been playing exclusively at power forward early in camp.

"He's getting back down the floor defensively," Stan Van Gundy said. "I think he's trying to do the things that we want done and I think people notice those things."

Van Gundy said he believes Smith still can be a top-shelf defensive power forward as first step to becoming recognized as a Pistons leader.

"He understands it as well as I do, to get that kind of credit, you have to win," Van Gundy said. "That's the bottom line, you have to win, then people start looking at you differently. If you're a guy that people perceive as being a major reason for winning, that changes everything."

Via David Mayo/MLive

Detroit Pistons Archives

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.

Tim Hardaway Sr. Leaves Heat For Assistant Coaching Job With Pistons

Stan Van Gundy was an assistant coach with the Heat during Tim Hardaway's stint with the team as a player.

Pistons, Greg Monroe Negotiations Stall After $60M Offer

Greg Monroe and the Pistons have yet to agree on a deal and negotiations are not ongoing.

Van Gundy Tells Josh Smith He's Unlikely To Be Traded

Josh Smith is said to be enthusiastic about playing for Stan Van Gundy.

Blazers Previously Had Serious Sign-And-Trade Talks For Greg Monroe

The Blazers ultimately decided to sign Chris Kaman to serve as the backup to Robin Lopez at center instead of dealing for Greg Monroe.
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