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Aron Baynes Declines $6.5M Player Option With Pistons

Jun 20, 2017 9:50 AM

Aron Baynes has declined his $6.5 million player option with the Detroit Pistons to become a free agent.

The Pistons had anticipated Baynes would become a free agent this offseason.

Baynes averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game over 75 appearances last season with the Pistons.

Baynes signed a three-year, $20 million deal with the Pistons in 2015 leaving the San Antonio Spurs.

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Monta Ellis, Reggie Bullock Suspended Five Games For Drug Violation

Jun 16, 2017 1:48 PM

Monta Ellis and Reggie Bullock have each been suspended for five games for a violation of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

Ellis and Bullock will serve their suspensions to begin the 17-18 regular season.

Ellis signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Indiana Pacers in 2015.

Bullock is a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Tags: Reggie Bullock, Monta Ellis, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Suspension

Bucks Receive Permission To Interview Adam Simon, Pat Garrity

Jun 1, 2017 2:23 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have received permission to interview Adam Simon and Pat Garrity for their general manager vacancy.

Simon currently works for the Miami Heat, while Garrity is in the front office of the Detroit Pistons.

While Justin Zanik is serving as the Bucks' interim general manager, they have cast a wide search to replace John Hammond. Hammond was set to leave the Bucks in 2018 but instead joined the Orlando Magic one season early.

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Tags: Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Pistons Interested In Trading No. 12 Pick For Established Player

May 30, 2017 3:54 PM

The Detroit Pistons have interest in trading the 12th overall pick in exchange for an established player.

The Pistons received little production out of their first round picks from the past two seasons during the 16-17 season as Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson struggled to make an impact.

Stan Van Gundy is entering his fourth season with the Pistons and the team has made just one playoff appearance.

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Pistons Unveil Updated Logo With 'Bad Boys' Inspiration (Image)

May 16, 2017 4:50 PM

The Detroit Pistons released an updated logo on Tuesday that will be used on the club's podium during the NBA Draft Lottery.

The "Detroit Pistons" font has been updated over a redesigned red, white and blue basketball. It is similar to the logo the "Bad Boys" teams sported during back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990.

"We felt very much that we had that pride and we had that logo and then we wanted to contemporize it to reflect this year's team and the next chapter," Charlie Metzger, Pistons executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said. "We modified some of the groove lines. The font is now consistent with what our players have on their jerseys and the outside chrome is symbolic of the Motor City and everything we got going here."

The Pistons move into Little Caesars Arena next season in downtown Detroit.

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Stan Van Gundy: Andre Drummond Needs 'Sense Of Urgency To Elevate His Game'

Apr 15, 2017 7:10 PM

Stan Van Gundy spoke candidly about the career trajectory of Andre Drummond.

Drummond just completed Year 1 of a five-year, $130 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.

"I think that he needs to have a sense of urgency to elevate his game," said Van Gundy. "He's been in the league five years now. He's still young. He hasn't turned 24. So he's got time. He's a very talented guy. He's been one of the elite rebounders in the league. He's got some great things to work with, but there's more there. The sky is the limit for him."

The Pistons finished 37-45 with Drummond and Reggie Jackson having down seasons.


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Pistons Unable To Complete Signing Of Lorenzo Brown, Release Of Beno Udrih

Apr 10, 2017 11:33 AM

The Detroit Pistons were set to sign Lorenzo Brown from the D-League while waiving Beno Udrih, but were unable to complete the transaction in time.

Sunday was the deadline to release Udrih.

Brown has appeared in 63 games in the NBA over the past three seasons. Brown averaged 23.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the D-League this season.

Udrih appeared in 39 games for the Pistons, averaging 5.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 14.4 productive minutes per game.

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Nets To Again Pursue RFAs With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Otto Porter Targeted

Apr 7, 2017 12:33 PM

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to pursue both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Otto Porter in restricted free agency.

Both Caldwell-Pope and Porter will be restricted free agents this offseason.

During last year's offseason, the Nets signed both Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson as restricted free agents to offer sheets. The Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat matched the Nets' aggressive offers for both Crabbe and Johnson respectively.

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Reggie Jackson Shut Down For Remainder Of Season

Apr 7, 2017 11:19 AM

The Detroit Pistons will shut Reggie Jackson down for the rest of the season. Jackson never was able to get fully back following his plasma injection to treat tendinitis in his left knee.

"He won't play these last four games," Stan Van Gundy said. "The plan was to sort of let him step away and clear his mind and go into the offseason without a bad taste in his mouth."

Jackson has been inactive the last five games.

"Reggie was struggling, and for good reason," Van Gundy said. "(There was) a lot of stuff out of his control, and it was weighing on him. We thought at that time sort of being fresh-minded would not only be good for him, but being fresh-minded would help us."

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Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Injury

Pistons Regret Not Sitting Reggie Jackson Earlier

Apr 4, 2017 10:28 PM

The Detroit Pistons regret how they handled Reggie Jackson this season as he underwent surgery before the season and never fully regained his health.

"What we were asking him to do was step up in a pressure situation that he wasn't fully equipped to do at this point," Stan Van Gundy said.

"And that was wearing on him. He was a guy who takes it very seriously and everything else, and he wasn't able to get the attention to himself in getting himself right."

Van Gundy maintains Jackson is fully cleared and able to play after a preseason injection to treat tendinitis in his left knee.

"I think (sitting him) probably should have happened earlier, and I don't think we were real fair with him in that," Van Gundy said. "I'm happy with where we are now. If I had any regret, and I really don't, it would have been that we didn't do this earlier."

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI
A Breathalyzer test at the Auburn Hills police station registered Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's blood-alcohol content at 0.08.

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Reggie Jackson: I Felt Like A Shell Of Myself At Times This Season
Reggie Jackson had a frustrating 16-17 season in which he could never fully get back from the platelet-rich plasma treatment he underwent for his left knee tendinosis.

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Nets To Pursue Kentavious Caldwell-Pope In Free Agency
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has become the most important player on the Pistons over the past year.

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Pat Garrity Considered Candidate For Magic GM Job
The Pistons' analytics staff reports to Pat Garrity and he also helps manage Detroit's cap.

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Reggie Jackson Has 'Had Some Dark Days' This Season Before Tuning Out Media
The Pistons developed another identity when Reggie Jackson was out earlier this season after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection to treat his left knee tendinitis.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Pistons Considering Replacing Reggie Jackson With Ish Smith In Starting Lineup
Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons need better effort out of their starting point guard.

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Pistons Aggressively Shopping Reggie Jackson
The Pistons are seeking a first round pick, a young player and an expiring contract for Reggie Jackson.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Not Considered Untouchable By Pistons
The Pistons would expect at least one future first round pick and a front-line player in return for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

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Pistons Listening To Andre Drummond Trade Offers
The Pistons are unlikely to trade Andre Drummond but are not making him untouchable.

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Pistons Listening To Trade Offers For Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond and the Pistons signed a five-year, $125 million extension during the 2016 offseason.

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Pistons, Magic Discussing Reggie Jackson Trade
The Pistons continue to shop Reggie Jackson in trade scenarios.

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Pistons Tried To Sign Yogi Ferrell
Yogi Ferrell has signed a multi-year contract with the Mavericks and is averaging 14.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

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Spurs Tried To Trade For Stanley Johnson With Low Offer
Detroit were split in their draft room between Stanley Johnson and Devin Booker in 2015.

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Pistons Have Solicited Trade Offers For Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson
Andre Drummond is less likely to be traded before the deadline than Reggie Jackson.

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Stan Van Gundy: Everybody In NBA Is Available
Stan Van Gundy claims nobody in the NBA is truly untouchable in response to a report that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had joined Andre Drummond in the Pistons' "short list of untouchables."

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Reggie Jackson Not Following Trade Rumors
Reggie Jackson was asked to respond to a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves were discussing a trade where he would be dealt for Ricky Rubio.

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Stan Van Gundy Insists Pistons Won't Trade Reggie Jackson For Ricky Rubio
Stan Van Gundy confirmed a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves had discussed a multiplayer deal headlined by Reggie Jackson and Ricky Rubio this week.

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Wolves, Pistons Discuss Ricky Rubio For Reggie Jackson Trade
No deal appears imminent but the two sides have engaged in talks this week.

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Tom Gores Backs Stan Van Gundy Despite Slow Start For Pistons
The Pistons entered 16-17 with high expectations but they have a 19-24 record.


Pistons Move Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Ahead Of Reggie Jackson On Untouchable List
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be a restricted free agent this offseason and is represented by Rich Paul.

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