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Pistons Trade Jodie Meeks To Magic

Jun 29, 2016 1:41 PM

The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic have agreed upon on a trade involving Jodie Meeks.

Meeks played in just three games last season with the Pistons.

The Magic will trade their 2019 second round pick to the Pistons.

Meeks is a career 37.3 percent shooter on three-pointers and will turn 29 in August. Meeks signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Pistons in 2014.

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Al Horford To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, Celtics, Nets

Jun 28, 2016 11:57 AM

The Atlanta Hawks will compete to re-sign Al Horford with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.

Horford is a free agent for the first time in his career.

The Hawks can offer Horford a fifth season and more lucrative raises than any rival team. Atlanta's offseason goal appear to be to re-sign Horford and Kent Bazemore.

Horford has been an All-Star in each of the past two seasons.

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Lakers, Magic, Pistons To Pursue Al Horford In Free Agency

Jun 22, 2016 11:29 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons are amongst the teams who intend to pursue Al Horford this offseason.

Horford has become even more valuable over the past few seasons with his improved three-point shooting and versatility on defense.

Horford can sign with the Atlanta Hawks for five years and 7.5 percent raises whereas any rival team can only offer him four seasons guaranteed.

Horford is coming off an extension he signed with the Hawks in 2010.

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Pistons Trade Spencer Dinwiddie To Bulls For Cameron Bairstow

Jun 17, 2016 11:51 AM

The Detroit Pistons have acquired forward Cameron Bairstow from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for guard Spencer Dinwiddie.  

Bairstow, 25, appeared in 18 games (two starts) with Chicago last season, averaging 1.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 5.7 minutes.  The two-year NBA pro was drafted out of the University of New Mexico with the 49th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.  As a senior for the Lobos, he averaged a Mountain West Conference-high 20.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 32.9 minutes in 34 games (all starts).  A native of Brisbane, Australia, Bairstow holds career averages of 1.2 points, 1.0 rebounds and 4.6 minutes in 36 NBA games (three starts) all with the Bulls. 

Dinwiddie, 23, completed his second NBA season with averages of 4.8 points, 1.8 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 13.3 minutes in 12 games.  Drafted by the Pistons with the 38th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft out of the University of Colorado, Dinwiddie owns career averages of 4.4 points, 2.7 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 13.3 minutes in NBA 46 games (one start).

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Otis Smith Hired By Pistons As Director Of Player Development

Jun 15, 2016 11:37 AM

Otis Smith joins the Detroit Pistons’ staff as director of player development/assistant coach.

Smith joins the Pistons staff after serving as head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive for the last two seasons. A veteran of 25-plus years of basketball experience, Smith served as president of basketball operations/general manager of the Orlando Magic from 2010-12.

Smith and Stan Van Gundy worked together for several seasons with the Magic.

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Jeff Bower Agrees To Multi-Year Extension With Pistons

Jun 12, 2016 1:59 PM

Jeff Bower has reached agreement on a multi-year deal with the Detroit Pistons to remain as general manager.

Bower works under Stan Van Gundy and was entering the final season of his three-year deal.

Bower has been the top day-to-day executive for Van Gundy and helped engineer trades for Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris.

Bower had been the general manager of the New Orleans Hornets from 2001-03 and 2005-10, and spent the 2013-14 season as head coach of Marist College before joining Van Gundy and the Pistons.

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Dunc'd On: Warriors/Cavs Game 4, Pistons Offseason

Jun 11, 2016 3:29 AM

A full recap of Golden State's huge Game 4 victory over Cleveland.  How the Warriors were able to wear down the Cavs, and audio from Coach Lue on his thinking playing his guys the entire second half.  Also, why the criticisms of LeBron's perceived lack of aggressiveness are misplaced, what Cleveland can do better in Game 5, and our thoughts on the latest Draymond Green altercation.

At 50:00, Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) joins the show to preview the Pistons' offseason.  What can they do with their projected $15 million in cap space, what backup point guards can they target to address their biggest weakness, and what are the long-term concerns with the roster and cap situation moving forward with this core seemingly locked in.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGMThe Athletic and the Sporting News    (@DannyLeroux).   

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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."

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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

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

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

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Pistons Sign Lorenzo Brown For Remainder Of Season
Lorenzo Brown signed two 10-day contracts with the Pistons this season (March 18 and March 28) but did not appear in a game with Detroit.

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Pistons Have Only Two Players Remaining From Roster Van Gundy Inherited
Stan Van Gundy was asked if this Pistons' roster has special importance to him with how many players he chose for it.

David Mayo/MLive

Stanley Johnson: No One Is Scared Of Playing Against Kevin Durant
Stanley Johnson said comments from Kevin Durant were "uncalled for" and said Durant "disrespected" the franchise.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Lorenzo Brown Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Pistons
In 25 contests with the Drive, Lorenzo Brown 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
One of the NBA's most monumental what-if's is what would have happened if the Pistons selected Carmelo Anthony instead of Darko Milicic.

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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.

Aaron McMann/MLive

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.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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.

David Mayo/MLive

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.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

Marc Stein/ESPN

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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