Dec 31, 2007 5:29 PM EST
Sammy Mejia of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants was today named D-League.com Performer of the Week for games played during the week of Dec. 24. In three games this week, Mejia averaged 31.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists while shooting 32-of-56 (.571) from the field and 28-of-35 (.800) from the free throw line.
Selected 57th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 NBA Draft, Mejia scored 41 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three assists and collected three blocks against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday, Dec. 28. In two other games for the Mad Ants this week, Mejia scored 26 and 28 points, respectively.
A product of DePaul University, the 6-6 guard played his first game for the Mad Ants on Dec. 22 after missing the beginning of the season due to an injury. Mejia played with the Pistons in their training camp and was one of the last players cut prior to the start of the NBA season. In four D-League games, Mejia is averaging 27.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Other top performers in the D-League last week included Idaho?s Randy Livingston who averaged 17.3 points and 14.0 assists in three games, including a D-League record 22 assists on Wednesday, Dec. 26; Iowa?s Dwayne Mitchell, who averaged 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in three games for the Energy; DJ Strawberry, who averaged 32.0 points in two games on assignment with Albuquerque from the Phoenix Suns; Rio Grande Valley?s Kenny Taylor, who finished the week averaging 30.0 points while netting ten three-point field goals in two games for the Vipers; and C.J. Watson, who averaged 31.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in two games for Rio Grande Valley.
Dec 31, 2007 9:05 AM EST
Agent Aaron Goodwin continues to stump for his out-of-work client Chris Webber. He reached out to the Sacramento Bee this week, saying, "He's not retiring this year. He's definitely playing. It's just going to be a matter of where. He'll definitely play, and he'll definitely make a decision within the next few weeks."
It might not be his decision. Thus far, there haven't been too many teams knocking down his door -- though Houston sure needs some front-court help.
"Any team that's got an opportunity to be in the playoffs, he'd have interest in," Goodwin said. "But Detroit by far would be the front-runner. It's home, and it's where he played a year ago. He knows the system."
However, right now there is no room in Detroit for C-Webb.
Dec 23, 2007 11:12 PM EST
The Rockets were running on fumes Sunday night then lost their two best players while playing the NBA's hottest team.
The result wasn't a surprise.
Richard Hamilton scored 17 points, and Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace added double-doubles, helping the Pistons beat the shorthanded Rockets 94-82.
Dec 21, 2007 5:16 PM EST
The Detroit Pistons announced today that they have recalled Cheikh Samb from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.
In two games (both starts), Samb averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 assists and 4.0 blocks in 31.5 minutes with the Mad Ants.
Samb was acquired by the Pistons on draft day from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Maurice Evans on June 28, 2006. Drafted by the Lakers with the 51st pick in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, Samb spent the 2006-07 season playing overseas with WTC Cornella in the Spanish LEB2 League.
The 7-foot-1, 215-pound center made his NBA debut with the Pistons at the L.A. Lakers on November 16, scoring two points with four rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes. In two NBA games this season, Samb is averaging 1.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 10.5 minutes per game.
Dec 21, 2007 7:20 AM EST
According to Chris McCosky in his blog on Detroit News, Joe Dumars has said that the rumor by ESPN.com's J.A. Adande that Chris Webber could re-join the Pistons by as early as January is untrue.
According to McCosky, Dumars has told Webber's representatives this week that he is content with the roster as it is and has no immediate intentions of changing it.
Dec 21, 2007 2:28 AM EST
Fourteen-year veteran Chris Webber is close to returning to the NBA, with the Pistons his likely destination, a source close to Webber told ESPN.com.
"Look for him to be back the first week of January," the source said.
The Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers had also inquired about Webber's services, with the Heat intensifying their efforts after backup center Alonzo Mourning suffered an apparent season-ending injury to his patellar tendon in a game at Atlanta Wednesday night. But for Webber, a Michigan native, his familiarity with the Pistons' players and Coach Flip Saunders' system after playing there last season appears to make them the most desirable team.
The Pistons currently have the maximum 15 players on their roster after trading Nazr Mohammed to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Primoz Brezec and Walter Herrmann last week, so they would have to make another move to free a spot for Webber.
Dec 20, 2007 12:45 PM EST
Pistons' rookie guard Rodney Stuckey, who underwent hand surgery in October, has received medical clearance to return to the court, the team announced Thursday.
Dec 20, 2007 12:53 AM EST
Chauncey Billups delivered 28 points, including two clutch free throws, as the Pistons dealt the Celtics their first home defeat of the NBA season on Wednesday.
Billups' two free throws with one-tenth of a second left to play proved the difference in the Pistons' 87-85 victory over the Celtics.
Richard Hamilton chipped in 21 points for the Pistons, who improved to 18-7 overall and an NBA leading 9-2 on the road.
Boston, meanwhile, saw their 12-game home-court winning streak end. The Celtics had won their last nine games.
Dec 16, 2007 4:58 PM EST
The Pistons saved a ton of money (around $20 million) in a deal Friday that sent Nazr Mohammed to Charlotte for Primoz Brezec and Walter Herrmann. The contracts of both imported Bobcats are up at the end of this season, while Mohammed is owed more than $19 million over the three years beyond this one.
Mohammed didn't get a lot of playing time for the Pistons but likely will move into the starting center spot for Charlotte. The Pistons had to release Ron Dupree to make room for the new twosome, and there is talk now that they could bring in Chris Webber for the veteran's minimum without incurring the luxury tax.
Dec 14, 2007 8:12 PM EST
The Pistons traded center Nazr Mohammed to Charlotte on Friday and also waived forward Ronald Dupree.
The Pistons acquired center Primoz Brezec and forward Walter Herrmann in exchange for Mohammed, who appeared in every game this season except for Wednesday in Houston.
?We are pleased to welcome Primoz and Walter to the Pistons organization and we feel they will help add depth to our front court positions,? Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. ?We appreciate hard work and professionalism that Nazr and Ronald both displayed during their time here in Detroit and we wish both of them well.?
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