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Pistons Considered Tobias Harris Their 2016 Offseason Signing

May 13, 2016 8:19 PM

Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons traded for Tobias Harris, essentially considering him their 2016 free agent signing.

The Pistons acquired Harris from the Orlando Magic in February.

"A lot of teams wanted that maximum cap space," said Van Gundy. "We looked it and said, "OK, there are gonna be 28 teams with money, there are only so many great players, and you're gonna end up overpaying for people." And we're not at the top of everybody's list.

"The question for us was: He's 23 years old with a contract that is descending over the next couple years, and can we do better than that in free agency? And for us, the answer was, "Not even close."

"It's a bird in the hand. We're not desperate to get a player, and we don't have to overpay to just meet the [salary floor]. We got a good, young player locked in for the next three years. A lot of people want shorter contracts. For us, young players on longer contracts is a good way to go."

Van Gundy was also surprised the Pistons could acquire Harris without sending a pick back to the Magic.

"Yes. Very, very surprised. Ersan Ilyasova played well for us, but he only had one more year on his contract. Again: A lot of people think that's good, but we want guys on longer contracts. And Brandon Jennings was a free agent we were gonna lose anyway. It was an easy deal to say yes to."

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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Stanley Johnson: I'm Definitely In LeBron's Head

Apr 21, 2016 11:01 AM

LeBron James bumped into Stanley Johnson when the two were walking back to their respective sidelines during a timeout.

“It’s (fake) as hell. He was walking away and I was walking in a straight line,” Johnson said. “He didn’t bump me; I just didn’t move my direction, so we hit.

“I don’t know what you take from that. I don’t take anything from it, but a cheap shot, a cheap bump.”

Johnson believes he's succeeding in defending James.

“I’m definitely in his head, that’s for sure. I don’t care if I’m in his head or in his mind or anything like that; I’m just trying to play basketball,” said Johnson, who had nine points off the bench in each of the first two games. “It’s up to him how he wants to react to whatever he does.

“I think I’m in a good place. He had a great night and has had a couple great nights and made a couple tough shots.

“He made two threes, which is not like his norm. He hit a tough turnaround on me and played really physical and I battled physical. He didn’t get any paint touches, but he made a bunch of tough shots.”

Rod Beard/The Detroit News

Tags: Stanley Johnson, Detroit Pistons, NBA

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Stan Van Gundy Fined $25,000 For Publicly Criticizing Refs

Apr 18, 2016 9:08 PM

Stan Van Gundy has been fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing NBA officials.

Van Gundy made the comments during an interview on ABC between the first and second quarter of Game 1.

Van Gundy tried to walk back the comments after the game.

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Stan Van Gundy Criticizes Refs' Treatment Of LeBron James

Apr 17, 2016 11:13 PM

While discussing the Detroit Pistons' composure during an interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters at the end of the first quarter of Sunday's 106-101 Game 1 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Stan Van Gundy directed frustration toward the officials for what he felt were missed calls that went LeBron James' way.

"A couple calls have upset our guys," Van Gundy told Salters. "They've got to understand, LeBron's LeBron. They're not going to call offensive fouls on him. He gets to do whatever he wants. They've got to understand that."

After the game, Van Gundy said the officiating was not the reason Detroit lost.

"Look, I thought it evened out really well," Van Gundy said. "But early on, I thought there were two pretty obvious offensive fouls down there on him. But it's two calls in an entire game after that. Look, the refereeing had nothing to do with tonight. They did a good job. It went both ways. I thought they did a really good job. It was decided by the players on the floor, as it should be."

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, NBA

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Warriors, Pistons, Spurs Allowed Fewest Catch-And-Shoot 3's Per 100

Apr 15, 2016 10:14 AM

The Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs led the NBA in fewest catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100 possessions with fewer than 16.0.

The Warriors were first with 15.4 catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100, followed by the Pistons with 15.5 and the Spurs with 15.8.

The Milwaukee Bucks ranked last in the category with 22.2 catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100. The Bucks regressed badly as a defensive unit from 14-15 to 15-16.

1. Warriors: 15.4
2. Pistons: 15.5
3. Spurs: 15.8
4. 76ers: 16.3
5. Heat: 16.8
6. Clippers: 17.4
7. Blazers: 17.4
8. Knicks: 17.4
9. Celtics: 17.6
10. Bulls: 17.6
11. Cavs: 17.6
12. Thunder: 17.7
13. Wizards: 17.7
14. Jazz: 17.9
15. Suns: 18.5
16. Hawks: 18.6
17. Wolves: 18.8
18. Pelicans: 18.9
19. Lakers: 19.2
20. Pacers: 19.5
21. Raptors: 19.6
22. Nuggets: 19.8
23. Nets: 20.1
24. Rockets: 20.4
25. Grizzlies: 20.5
26. Kings: 20.5
27. Magic: 20.7
28. Mavs: 20.9
29. Hornets: 20.9
30. Bucks: 22.2

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Tags: Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Pistons Sign Lorenzo Brown For Remainder Of Season

Apr 13, 2016 2:41 PM

The Detroit Pistons have signed Lorenzo Brown to a contract. 

According to Shams Charania, the deal is for the rest of the season and a team option for 16-17.

Brown, a 6-5, 189-pound guard, signed two 10-day contracts with the Pistons this season (March 18 and March 28) but did not appear in a game with Detroit. He also signed to two 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns earlier this season and averaged 2.5 points, 1.4 assists, 0.9 rebounds and 7.6 minutes in eight games.

A native of Roswell, GA, Brown holds NBA averages of 3.3 points, 2.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 13.2 minutes in 63 career games with the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns.

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Pistons Have Only Two Players Remaining From Roster Van Gundy Inherited

Apr 9, 2016 8:19 PM

Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope remain the only players from the roster Stan Van Gundy inherited 23 months ago when he took over the Detroit Pistons.

Van Gundy was asked if this roster has special importance to him with how many players he chose for it.

"They're all special and a lot of those teams have meant a lot to me," Van Gundy said. "This one does too. I'll tell you why it's special, because it's now. Those are all in the past, those are all in the past. And it's also, look, it's special because this organization hasn't been in six years.

"So it's not just about me and my coaching staff and the players in the locker room. It's about our ownership, number one, this is their first time. And it's about all the people who have been here for a long time, and have gone through a lot of good years ... and now have had a lot of bad years. It's about all of those people. It's special for those reasons."

David Mayo/MLive

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Stanley Johnson: No One Is Scared Of Playing Against Kevin Durant

Apr 1, 2016 2:07 PM

Stanley Johnson said comments from Kevin Durant were “uncalled for” and said Durant “disrespected” the franchise.

Durant criticized how Reggie Jackson enjoyed himself too much at the end of the Detroit Pistons' 88-82 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“I wanted to play against Detroit, for sure, but you know, it's Detroit. Who cares about Detroit?” Durant said to explain his reasoning for skipping the game.

“If he wanted to have an impact on the game, he should have just played,” Johnson said after this morning’s shoot-around.

“No one is scared of playing against him on this side of town,” Johnson said. “Next year we have two games scheduled, and I know, for me, it's circled on my schedule from now on.”

Durant called Jackson's actions as "bush league."

“I don't think we're something to play with,” Johnson said. “I think we can be a playoff team and you gotta respect that. I think by saying that, he disrespected our whole team.”

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Tags: Kevin Durant, Stanley Johnson, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Lorenzo Brown Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Pistons

Mar 28, 2016 11:28 AM

The Detroit Pistons have Lorenzo Brown to a second 10-day contract. 

Brown, a 6-5, 189-pound guard holds NBA averages of 3.3 points, 2.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 13.2 minutes in 63 career games with the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns. He was signed to two 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns this season and averaged 2.5 points, 1.4 assists, 0.9 rebounds and 7.6 minutes in eight games.

A second-round selection (52nd overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2013 NBA Draft, Brown most recently played for the Detroit Pistons NBA Developmental League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. In 25 contests with the Drive, he averaged 18.3 points, 5.9 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals.

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Carmelo Anthony: I Really Wanted To Be Drafted By Pistons In 2003

Mar 23, 2016 2:25 PM

One of the NBA's most monumental what-if's is what would have happened if the Detroit Pistons selected Carmelo Anthony instead of Darko Milicic.

The Pistons went on to win the 2004 NBA Finals despite getting nothing from Milicic and had a streak of seven straight Eastern Conference Finals.

Anthony would have given the Pistons a longer window of contention and he has been at his best playing beside strong point guards and veteran leaders. Anthony eventually became teammates with Chauncey Billups as members of the Denver Nuggets.

"That's why I was a little bit disappointed," Anthony said, "because I really wanted to go to Detroit. You had Chauncey, you had all those guys over there...Detroit, they had something going over there."

Anthony would have been perfect for the Pistons as a truly great individual scorer to complement their defense.

"It would have been at a whole other level," LeBron James said of their rivalry.

"I was told that Detroit was going to take me," Anthony said. "Once Cleveland made the pick, I was like, 'Oh, I'm going to Detroit.'"

"That ball-stopping mentality that Carmelo has? He wouldn't have had that if he was a Piston," Billups said. "We wouldn't let him play like that. He would have been a much better player than he is now—and he's a great player now.

"This guy would have been," Billups said, pausing to chuckle for a moment, "he would have been an absolute icon, because winning takes you there."

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

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Jodie Meeks Likely Out For Remainder Of Regular Season
Jodie Meeks has been inactive since suffering an undisclosed shoulder injury in practice last Tuesday.

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Pistons To Sign Lorenzo Brown To 10-Day Contract
In 25 games this season in the D-League with Grand Rapids, Lorenzo Brown has averaged 18.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.1 steals in 33.3 minutes per game.

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NBPA Considering Filing Grievance Over Donatas Motiejunas Trade
Sources close to Donatas Motiejunas believe the voided trade could damage his status as a restricted free agent next offseason.

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Pistons Sign Justin Harper To 10-Day Contract
In three games with the Pistons this season, Justin Harper is averaging 3.3 points and 0.3 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game.

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Stan Van Gundy Admires How Spurs Get Players Below Market Value
David West took an eight-figure pay cut to leave the Pacers and join the Spurs, while Tim Duncan is making just $5.25 million while Manu Ginobili is earning $2.8 million this season.

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Pistons To Sign Justin Harper To 10-Day Contract
Justin Harper has been averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 27.9 minutes per game in the D-League with the D-Fenders.

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Pistons Void Donatas Motiejunas Trade With Rockets
The Pistons have voided their trade for Donatas Motiejunas with the Rockets.

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Pistons Given 24-Hour Extension On Donatas Motiejunas Trade
Donatas Motiejunas had surgery to repair a herniated disk almost 11 months ago.

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Pistons Ask For More Time To Evaluate Back Injury Of Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas hasn't played since Dec. 31st as he recovers from a sore back.

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Pistons Acquire Donatas Motiejunas From Rockets For 2016 First Rounder
The Pistons have agreed to send Joel Anthony and a protected 2016 first round pick to the Rockets for Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton.

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Pistons Offer Joel Anthony To Rockets For Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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Pelicans Talked Deal For Harris With Pistons, Magic Where Anderson Would Have Gone To Detroit
Ryan Anderson would have been dealt to the Pistons with Tobias Harris going to the Pelicans in the previous scenario.

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Pistons Acquire Tobias Harris For Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova
The Pistons have acquired Tobias Harris from the Magic for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova.

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Knicks Monitoring Brandon Jennings
Brandon Jennings returned from an Achilles injury in late December and will be a free agent this offseason.

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LaVine, Barton, Aaron Gordon, Drummond In 2016 Slam Dunk Contest
Zach LaVine will defend his title against Andre Drummond, Will Barton and Aaron Gordon.

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Van Gundy: Andre Drummond Can Shoot 70 Percent On Free Throws In Practice
Andre Drummond is shooting 35.8 percent from the free throw line this season and Stan Van Gundy believes the issue is psychological.

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Stan Van Gundy: We Look Like Team Firmly Committed To Being Mediocre
Stan Van Gundy called the Pistons' first half effort "deplorable."

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K.J. McDaniels Commits Five Fouls In 10 Seconds On Andre Drummond
While Andre Drummond finished the game 13-for-16 from the line, the Pistons won the game 123-114.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Fined $10,000 For Kicking Chair
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope kicked the chair while walking off the court following his ejection in Monday's game.

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Brandon Jennings Believes Draymond Green Better Than Blake Griffin
Brandon Jennings continued his campaign for Draymond Green to start for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game, Tweeting he's better than Blake Griffin.

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