Mar 10, 2014 1:53 AM EDT
Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith discuss the possibility of playing on the same team again.
Rondo and Smith were teammates as Oak Hill.
"We call each other every once in a while to check up and see how one another is doing," Smith said on Sunday. "He's my best friend, especially in the NBA. We still talk all the time, and our families take vacations together. He's a very good friend."
Rondo will become a free agent in 2015.
"The conversation comes up," Smith admitted. "We always tell each other what a surreal moment that would be, for us to connect again. With the different free agencies that we have [Rondo comes off the Boston books in 2015; Smith is locked in through 2017], it could be far-fetched, but it could be possible. I tend to be an optimist."
Mar 03, 2014 11:56 AM EST
The Detroit Pistons denied a report from Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News that Isiah Thomas is a leading candidate to replace Joe Dumars as general manager of the club.
"He is not a candidate for any job with the Pistons," Mark Barnhill wrote about Thomas in an email to MLive. Barnhill is a spokesman for owner Tom Gores.
The Pistons are in danger of missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
Mar 01, 2014 6:53 PM EST
Tom Gores is seriously discussing whether to shake up the Detroit Pistons' front office after the season and could consider hiring Isiah Thomas as a lead decision-maker to replace Joe Dumars, according to a report citing sources.
“Gores is definitely looking at Isiah to replace Joe,” one source said.
The Pistons fired Maurice Cheeks in February and have fired eight coaches since 2000 under Dumars.
Thomas' familiarity with Mike Woodson could allow the Pistons to be a potential landing spot if the coach is fired by the New York Knicks at season's end.
Mar 01, 2014 1:49 AM EST
Maurice Cheeks was fired as head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Feb. 9 and the team is 2-6 since the firing.
Brandon Jennings still cannot believe Cheeks was let go 50 games into the season.
“You give a coach half a season with new faces and new chemistry, that’s not enough time,” Jennings said. “I felt like he was in a losing situation. We were winning and now we’re playing like the old Pistons, in the beginning."
Jennings had an efficient start to the season under Cheeks, a former point guard.
“I don’t have a problem with John (Loyer), just with the whole thing of changing coaches was one of the more difficult things for me,” Jennings said. “John was our assistant, so I know a lot about him. It was just a personal problem with Mo leaving.”
Feb 24, 2014 3:36 PM EST
The Detroit Pistons made "a serious push to find a new home for Josh Smith" at the trade deadline, according to Chad Ford.
Smith signed a four-year, $54 million contract with the Pistons in the offseason. The addition of Smith has caused issues in the frontcourt due to the presence of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
Monroe will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.
Feb 21, 2014 2:50 PM EST
The Charlotte Bobcats and Ben Gordon are engaged in buyout negotiations, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.
The Bobcats acquired Gary Neal at the trade deadline.
Gordon is in the final season of his five-year, $55 million deal signed in 2009 with the Detroit Pistons.
Gordon was traded to the Bobcats in 2012, along with a protected first round pick for Corey Maggette.
Feb 21, 2014 1:45 PM EST
Charlie Villanueva is hopeful of receiving a contract buyout from the Detroit Pistons before March 1.
Villanueva has already been paid two-thirds of his contract this season. He is in the final year of his deal.
“Anything’s possible. Right now, it is what it is,” Villanueva said. “I wish I could help this team in any way possible, but they’re going in a different direction. It’s part of the business, but if it presented itself, that’s something we’d look at, for sure.”
Villanueva was one of the few players who didn’t participate in a team boycott of a 2011 shoot-around in Philadelphia a day after the trade deadline.
“I’ve thought about that (stuff). But there’s always a right and wrong way to do things, and I’ll always do the right thing,” Villanueva said. “I’m a professional. It’s a privilege to play in this league. My situation ain’t so bright right now.”
Feb 19, 2014 6:22 PM EST
Chauncey Billups will undergo knee surgery to repair his right meniscus, according to sources.
Billups has been in and out of the Detroit Pistons' lineup this season.
The injury is not considered season-ending or career-threatening.
Billups is believed receive surgery to return this season. He signed a two-year contract with the Pistons in free agency.
Feb 19, 2014 5:45 PM EST
The Cleveland Cavaliers have held trade talks with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers on Luol Deng.
There is little traction on the talks as no team seems inclined to give up highly valued assets for Deng, who will be a free agent in the offseason.
Deng is determined to test free agency before making a decision on whether to re-sign with the Cavaliers.
Deng will be seeking a deal in the $12 million to $13 million per season range.
Feb 14, 2014 11:10 PM EST
Andre Drummond was named Rising Stars MVP, finishing the game with 30 points and 25 rebounds.
Team Hill defeated Team Webber by a final score of 142-136.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 36 points, and also paid homage to teammate J.R. Smith by pretending to untie the shoelaces of Drummond.
Drummond joins the likes of Penny Hardaway, Kyrie Irving, Allen Iverson, Kevin Durant and Daniel Gibson as an MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge (full list).
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John Loyer will coach the Pistons for the remainder of the season after the club fired Maurice Cheeks.
The Pistons had back to back victories over the weekend but informed Maurice Cheeks of his dismissal on Sunday.
Peyton Siva and Tony Mitchell will begin their second stint with the Mad Ants this season.
Greg Monroe will continue to be a trade candidate ahead of the deadline as he is scheduled to become a restricted free agent.
Rodney Stuckey is on an expiring contract.
Peyton Siva averaged 12.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.6 steals in five games (four starts) with Fort Wayne.
The Pistons have lost 11 of their 17 home games this season.
Josh Smith said he isn't inclined to have a personal discussion with Maurice Cheeks about their disagreement before the next game.
Peyton Siva has played 13 games for the Pistons this season while Tony Mitchell has appeared in 10 contests.
Brandon Jennings leads the Pistons in scoring and assists.
Andre Drummond's numbers against the Pacers are lower than those during the regular season in whole.
Maurice Cheeks does not believe the issue will linger.
The pairing of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis was ill-fitted.
Rodney Stuckey will be a free agent in July.
Chauncey Billups is listed as day-to-day and is questionable to play on Friday at the Kings.
J.R. Smith responded to Brandon Jennings with a tweet threatening to send "street homies" to Detroit.
Josh Smith played just 18 minutes and scored two points for the Pistons in their Tuesday loss to the Warriors.
Andre Drummond has had his minutes increase significantly this season after he was used with extreme caution as a rookie by Lawrence Frank.
The Pistons have not discussed an extension with Joe Dumars.
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