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Dunc'd On Pod: Detroit Pistons Season Preview With Dan Feldman

Oct 8, 2015 1:44 AM

NBC Sports writer and founder of Detroit Pistons blog PistonPowered Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to preview the Pistons season.  

Included: Whether Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can break out this year; if the Pistons defense can take the next step, whether picking Stanley Johnson over Justise Winslow was the right move; season predictions and best/worst case scenario; and grading GM Stan Van Gundy and owner Tom Gores.

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Eric Griffin Waived By Pistons

Oct 7, 2015 9:25 PM

The Detroit Pistons have requested waivers on forward Eric Griffin.

Griffin was signed to the training camp roster on September 28 and played for the Texas Legends of the NBA’s Developmental League last season. In 49 games, he averaged 19.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.4 blocks in 35.2 minutes.

The Orlando native played collegiately at Campbell University and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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Pistons Interested In Trading For Markieff Morris

Oct 6, 2015 6:16 PM

The Detroit Pistons are monitoring the Markieff Morris situation with the Phoenix Suns and have interested in trading for him.

The Pistons acquired his brother, Marcus Morris, in the offseason.

Markieff Morris previously requested a trade, but he's reported to camp saying he wants to remain with the Suns.

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Stanley Johnson Practicing At Point Guard Due To Pistons' Injuries

Oct 3, 2015 9:51 PM

Stanley Johnson has been forced to play point guard in practice for the Detroit Pistons due to injuries.

Reggie Jackson has a thigh contusion, while Steve Blake suffered a concussion.

"Stanley was really good today — really good. Even at the point. He played well," said Stan Van Gundy.

Van Gundy said he'll use Johnson in pick-and-roll situations and envisions him becoming a guy who can consistently run offense.

"I'm not a (point guard) so I don't want to play it, but do I want to have the ball in my hands? Do I want to get into high ball screens? Do I want to make plays with the ball in my hands? Yes," Johnson said.

He added: "That was definitely something (Van Gundy) said he'd let me do — as long as I don't turn the ball over, which makes total sense. If I'm turning the ball over I don't need the ball in my hands. I'll either be on the bench or in the corner."

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Pistons Would Have $12.8M In Extra Space By Waiting On New Drummond Deal

Sep 29, 2015 1:23 PM

Andre Drummond's cap hold of $8.2 million for the 2016 offseason may mean he doesn't get an extension with the Detroit Pistons before the Oct. 31st deadline.

The Pistons would like to keep Drummond long-term, but signing him to an extension now would compromise their cap space for next summer.

"Everybody comes to a point in time in their career when they are going to deal with contract situations, and it's better that I keep it as a personal thing and just focus on what I can control right now, which is making my team better," Drummond said.


Drummond will make about $21 million in 16-17 regardless whether he signs now or in July 2016, except if he signs the extension now, that entire amount applies to the Pistons' cap when free agency opens next summer.

The San Antonio Spurs waited to extend Kawhi Leonard and they were able to sign LaMarcus Aldridge and re-sign Danny Green with that flexibility. 

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Reggie Jackson Ready To Prove He's Worth $80M Contract

Sep 29, 2015 11:10 AM

Reggie Jackson re-signed with the Detroit Pistons this offseason on a five-year, $80 million contract.

Jackson is embracing the pressure that comes with those type of expectations.

"Always," Jackson said Monday during Pistons media day at The Palace of Auburn Hills. "I've got to live up to trying to win a championship. Money is money. I worked just as hard when people said I didn't have as much, and I'm going to work just as hard after."

Jackson wants to get better now that he has the chance to be a full time starter.

"I want to be the best," he said. "And that's my approach, each and every day. That's what wakes me up and that's what drives me. If I'm not the best or my peers aren't telling me I'm the best, I've got to continue to go and earn that kind of respect.

"Somebody's the best, so I have to go try and prove it."

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Brandon Jennings Still Has No Timetable For Return

Sep 28, 2015 12:55 PM

Brandon Jennings has been cleared by doctors to continue a steady progression of basketball related rehabilitation activities geared towards a return to the basketball court. That progression will consist of strength work, conditioning and cardiovascular exercises, basketball related activities and finally a return to team practices and full-contact related drills.

No timetable has been established for his return and we will continue to provide updates as appropriate.

Jennings suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon during the January 24 contest at Milwaukee and missed the remainder of last season.

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Darrun Hilliard Undergoes Surgery For Broken Nose

Sep 22, 2015 7:07 PM

Darrun Hilliard underwent surgery to repair a broken nose suffered while playing pick-up basketball last week. The surgery was performed by Dr. Mike Rontal of Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI Campus. Hilliard will be fitted with a mask for the next three weeks and will continue all basketball-related activities.

Hilliard, 6-6, 205, was drafted 38th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2015 NBA Draft from Villanova University.

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Brandon Jennings 'Not Close' To Being Cleared For Return

Sep 21, 2015 1:43 PM

Brandon Jennings is working back from his Achilles injury, but he is "not close" to being cleared.

Jennings is currently shooting and running on a treadmill at 60 percent of his body weight, but the Detroit Pistons need to be able to see him run, cut and shoot off of one leg before he's cleared to even begin non-contact drills on court.

The Detroit Pistons also re-signed Reggie Jackson this offseason.

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Jordan Bachynski Agrees To Non-Guaranteed Camp Deal With Pistons

Sep 16, 2015 1:48 PM

Jordan Bachynski of Arizona State has agreed upon a non-guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons.

Bachynski is a 7-2 center out of Arizona State.

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Pistons To Sign Eric Griffin On Camp Deal
The Pistons will sign Eric Griffin to a training camp contract, a league source told RealGM.

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Eric Moreland Expected To Decide Among Interest From Lakers, Pistons, Kings
Eric Moreland has multiple deals to compete for a roster spot in training camp, with the Pistons as the front runners, league sources told RealGM.

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Brandon Jennings Okay Coming Off Bench
Brandon Jennings was in favor of the Pistons re-signing Reggie Jackson this offseason despite the fact they play the same position.

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Adonis Thomas Signs With Pistons
Adonis Thomas played for the Pistons' summer league team in Orlando.

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Pistons Sign 2nd Rounder Darrun Hilliard
Darrun Hilliard averaged 9.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.2 steals in the NBA Orlando Summer League.

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Lakers, Rockets, Pistons Interested In Ty Lawson
Ty Lawson could be dealt by the Nuggets before training camp.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Pistons Acquire Steve Blake From Nets For Quincy Miller
The Nets have agreed to trade Steve Blake to the Pistons for Quincy Miller, league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Joel Anthony Re-Signs With Pistons On Two-Year, $5M Deal
The second year of Joel Anthony's deal is a team option.

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Reggie Jackson, Pistons Agree Upon Five-Year, $80M Deal
Reggie Jackson had previously turned down a four-year, $48 million extension from the Thunder.

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Suns Trade Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock, Granger To Pistons For Cap Space
The Suns are looking to clear cap space as they pursue free agent targets.

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Aron Baynes, Pistons Agree Upon Three-Year Deal
Aron Baynes and the Pistons have agreed upon a multi-year contract worth as much as $20 million over three years.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Draymond Green Breaks Off Contract Talks With Warriors
Draymond Green is now open to meetings with other franchises immediately.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Danny Green Plans Meeting With Pistons
Danny Green has planned a meeting with the Pistons, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Draymond Green Open To Face-To-Face Visits; Pistons, Rockets, Hawks Expected To Show Interest
Draymond Green said he would do his due diligence with all suitors when free agency arrives Wednesday.

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Greg Monroe Plans To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Bucks, Lakers, Blazers
Greg Monroe admits he is out of the Pistons' plans.

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Pistons Pick Up $3M Team Option On Anthony Tolliver
The Pistons could have released Anthony Tolliver for $400,000 but never intended to do so.

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Tobias Harris To Pursue Near Max Deal With Pistons, Celtics Among Leading Suitors
The Pistons and Celtics have emerged as leading candidates for Tobias Harris, league sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Teams Feel Mario Hezonja's Camp Trying To Get Him To Pistons
Mario Hezonja is represented by Arn Tellem, who recently was hired by the Pistons for an executive position effective on Aug. 1.

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Pistons Zeroing In On Stanley Johnson At No. 8
The expectation is that Mario Hezonja and Emmanuel Mudiay will not be available to the Pistons at No. 8, so they're pivoting toward Stanley Johnson.

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Pistons Could Move On From Reggie Jackson If Mudiay Slips To No. 8
The Pistons are not reportedly sold on restricted free agent Reggie Jackson.

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