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Pistons Considering Trade For Norris Cole

Jan 27, 2015 7:20 PM

The Detroit Pistons are considering a trade with the Miami Heat for Norris Cole following the season-ending injury to Brandon Jennings.

There's nothing imminent at this point and talks have been described as "exploratory," sources said.

Jennings tore his Achilles last week.

Cole will be a free agent in the offseason. In 39 games this season, Cole is averaging 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 23 starts.


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Brandon Jennings Out 6-9 Months With Full Achilles Tear

Jan 25, 2015 3:54 PM

Brandon Jennings will miss the rest of the season and is expected to be out six to nine months with a full tear of his left Achilles.

An MRI confirmed the injury on Sunday.

More practically, it takes seven to 12 months for a full recovery from the injury.

Jennings is coming off the best month of his professional career, leading the Detroit Pistons back to the playoff race after a 5-23 start.

Vincent Goodwill/The Detroit News

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Brandon Jennings Out Indefinitely With Possible Achilles Injury

Jan 25, 2015 12:23 AM

Brandon Jennings suffered an injury to his left leg in the Detroit Pistons' game on Saturday.

Stan Van Gundy said Jennings will be out for the foreseeable future.

The fear is an Achilles injury, as Jennings told some that he felt he was kicked in the back of his lower leg.

"It doesn't look good," Van Gundy said.

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Raptors, Bulls Among Teams Interested In D.J. Kennedy

Jan 23, 2015 2:43 PM

The Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls are among four NBA teams that have shown an interest in swingman D.J. Kennedy, a leading candidate for the Most Valuable Player award in the top German league, sources told RealGM.

Kennedy, a two-way player at 6-foot-6, played in two games for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2011-12 season. He has since played overseas in Israel, France, Russia and now Germany.

The Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons have also reached out to Kennedy, a source said. With a deal for the remainder of the German season, Kennedy is a potential option for the summer and next season.

Kennedy started the year playing for Krasny in the Eurocup, averaging 19.2 points and six rebounds. Before Kennedy arrived to Riesen Ludwigsburg this season, the team ranked 11th place in the league. In averaging 21.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 35 minutes a game, Kennedy has propelled the club into the playoff picture.

Kennedy, 25, went to training camp with Memphis and Dallas in 2012 and 2013. He played for Minnesota in the NBA Summer League last year.

Kennedy played his college basketball at St. John's, going unselected in the 2011 NBA draft.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

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Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Clippers Express Interest In Damion James

Jan 18, 2015 1:35 PM

Increasing teams have emerged for the possible call up of veteran forward Damion James in the NBA D-League, including the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers, a league source told RealGM on Sunday.

James and his representatives have met with or spoken to each of the teams – which included a meeting with the Clippers on Thursday.

James, a six-foot-seven forward, has spent the entire season with the Texas Legends in the D-League, averaging 18.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He went to training camp with the Wizards in October and was a final cut.

James has played in 39 NBA games over parts of four seasons with New Jersey/Brooklyn and San Antonio.

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Brandon Jennings Fined $15K By NBA For Making Obscene Gesture

Jan 14, 2015 4:02 PM

Brandon Jennings has been fined $15,000 for an obscene gesture in the game at the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 12, the NBA announced on Wednesday.

The Detroit Pistons defeated the Raptors in the game.

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Pistons Assign Spencer Dinwiddie, Gigi Datome To D-League

Jan 14, 2015 1:39 PM

The Detroit Pistons have assigned Spencer Dinwiddie and Gigi Datome to the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA D-League.

Dinwiddie has spent part of the season in the D-League.

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Stan Van Gundy Optimistic About Direction Of Pistons In Long-Term

Jan 4, 2015 10:41 PM

Stan Van Gundy had a mini state-of-the-roster address during the Detroit Pistons' trip to New York.

The Pistons are 4-0 since releasing Josh Smith.

"I'm far from a wild-eyed optimist," Van Gundy said Friday. "But I honestly think the future is pretty good, and where we're going, in terms of what we have -- cap space and everything else, and the progress some of our guys are making.

"In the present, it's difficult. But I think in the future, we have a chance to build this up over the next couple of years and become a good basketball team."

David Mayo/MLive

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Pistons Assign Spencer Dinwiddie To D-League

Dec 31, 2014 7:46 PM

The Detroit Pistons have assigned guard Spencer Dinwiddie to the team’s NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.

Dinwiddie, drafted 38th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, has appeared in eight games for the Pistons this season averaging 3.0 points and 12.4 minutes per game.     

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Stan Van Gundy Calls Pistons' Job His Last In NBA
Stan Van Gundy is open to coaching beyond his current five-year contract.

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Josh Smith Agrees To Sign With Rockets
Josh Smith has been promised a spot in the starting lineup and now has the opportunity to play beside former AAU teammate Dwight Howard.

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Suns Trade Anthony Tolliver To Pistons For Tony Mitchell
Ryan McDonough and the Suns signed Anthony Tolliver in the offseason.

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Rockets Emerge As Favorites To Sign Josh Smith
Beyond Josh Smith's close friend Dwight Howard, there's confidence among Rockets' players that they'll be able to sign him.

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Kings, Clippers, Mavs, Rockets, Heat Interested In Josh Smith
The Clippers and Mavericks can only offer Josh Smith the minimum.

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Pistons Waive Josh Smith
Josh Smith is owed $26 million over the next two seasons.

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Andre Drummond Apologizes For Posting Photo Of Driving 97 MPH
Stan Van Gundy was concerned about the speed of Andre Drummond's driving.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Stan Van Gundy: We Have A Messed Up Team
Stan Van Gundy believes the Pistons played harder in the preseason.

Vincent Goodwill Jr./The Detroit News

Jodie Meeks Runs For First Time Since Back Injury
Jodie Meeks was the Pistons' highest-priced free agent last summer when he signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract.

David Mayo/MLive

Pistons Recall Tony Mitchell From D-League
Tony Mitchell recorded 12 points (5-9 FG), 12 rebounds and one steal in 30 minutes vs. the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

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Pistons Assign Tony Mitchell To D-League
Tony Mitchell appeared in 21 games for the Pistons last season.

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Aaron Gray Remaining Active With Pistons Despite Being Waived
Aaron Gray stayed for his rehabilitation and remains active in the game by drilling big men for a Pistons' team that released him.

David Mayo/MLive

Josh Smith: Kenneth Faried Is 'A Clown'
Josh Smith was responding to a quote from Kenneth Faried in which he said that Josh Smith "shot them out of the game."

Vincent Goodwill/Detroit News

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

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Pistons Waive Hasheem Thabeet, Brian Cook, Lorenzo Brown, Josh Bostic
All four players were on non-guaranteed deals for training camp.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders
In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

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Celtics Trade Joel Anthony To Pistons For Will Bynum
The Celtics appear to be making the move with roster flexibility in mind.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Chase Budinger Made Available By Wolves In Trade Talks
The Rockets and Pistons are interested in Chase Budinger, but are reluctant to take him on due to his $5 million player option for next season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Chauncey Billups Hired As Analyst By ESPN
Chauncey Billups will appear on NBA Tonight, SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast and ESPN Radio, among other ESPN properties.

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Jodie Meeks Out Eight Weeks With Back Injury
Jodie Meeks signed with the Pistons in the offseason.

Vincent Goodwill/Detroit News