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Andre Drummond Apologizes For Posting Photo Of Driving 97 MPH

Andre Drummond apologized for posting a photo of him driving 97 m.p.h. on social media.

"Yes," Drummond said. "It was a silly mistake. I'll own up to it and move on from here. It won't happen again."

Stan Van Gundy was concerned about the speed of Drummond's driving.

"It's not just an example; it's safety," Van Gundy said. "I still to this day every time I see Gortat, I ask him if he's slowed down. It's scary to me.

"I know you're young and you think you're indestructible, but for the people that care about you, it's scary as hell. I don't want to wake up and read about Andre Drummond in an accident. That's the issue to me."

Via Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Stan Van Gundy: We Have A Messed Up Team

Stan Van Gundy believes the Detroit Pistons played harder in the preseason and have been outworked by every team they've played since their loss at the Memphis Grizzlies a few weeks ago.

"There's no dilemmas in the preseason. No dilemmas," Van Gundy said. "No one cares how many shots they're getting. Everybody knows everybody's gonna play so everybody's spirits are up. You're not worried about stats. … No one cares. Same in practice. You practice hard, do what you're supposed to do."

The Pistons shot just 36.7 percent against a Los Angeles Lakers' team that is bad on defense.

"I think we took a lot of tough shots with people open," Van Gundy said. "We have to show them those things. I have to do my job better. I'm not gonna say I have a selfish team or lazy team. We have a messed up team."

Via Vincent Goodwill Jr./The Detroit News

Jodie Meeks Runs For First Time Since Back Injury

Jodie Meeks completed some light jogging for the first time since suffering a lower-back stress reaction injury in October.

"It felt fine, so we'll see," Meeks said. "It's all about how I feel and how I react."

Meeks was the Detroit Pistons' highest-priced free agent last summer when he signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract.

Meeks might have been the Pistons' season-opening starter at shooting guard. Instead, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has seen his playing time stretched out significantly.

Via David Mayo/MLive

Pistons Recall Tony Mitchell From D-League

The Detroit Pistons has recalled forward Tony Mitchell from the team’s NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, after a one-game assignment.

Mitchell recorded 12 points (5-9 FG), 12 rebounds and one steal in 30 minutes vs. the Los Angeles D-Fenders (11/26). Drafted 37th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, he appeared in 21 games for the Pistons last season averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. Mitchell also had two D-League assignments last season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and averaged 7.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 10 games.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

Detroit Pistons Archives

Celtics Trade Joel Anthony To Pistons For Will Bynum

The Celtics appear to be making the move with roster flexibility in mind.

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.

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.

Jodie Meeks Out Eight Weeks With Back Injury

Jodie Meeks signed with the Pistons in the offseason.

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-Popes 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.
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