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Pistons, Magic Interested In Markelle Fultz

Dec 14, 2018 10:27 AM

The Detroit Pistons have interest in trading for Markelle Fultz.

Fultz is currently out with thoracic outlet syndrome.

The Pistons would have to shed salary to take on Fultz’s $8.3 million to avoid luxury tax concerns.

Liberty Ballers also reported Detroit's interest in Fultz, along with the Orlando Magic.

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Tags: Markelle Fultz, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans, Pistons, Kings Identified As Active Buyers On Trade Market

Dec 12, 2018 9:08 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings are three of the most active buyers on the trade market.

The typical start of trade season is Dec. 15 when most players who signed deals in the offseason are eligible to be dealt.

The Pelicans are feeling pressure to build around Anthony Davis before he become eligible to sign a supermax extension this offseason.

Tom Gores wants the Pistons to return to the playoffs and they own their first round pick.

The Kings can offer the large expiring contracts of Zach Randolph and Iman Shumpert to upgrade their team.

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Tags: Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ish Smith Out Two Weeks With Right Adductor Muscle Tear

Dec 7, 2018 11:53 AM

Ish Smith has suffered a right adductor muscle tear.

The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Pistons game at Milwaukee on December 5.  Smith will be out and assessed again in two weeks.   

Smith is in his ninth NBA season and is averaging 9.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 22 games. 

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Blake Griffin Nearly Had 'Breakdown' After Injuring Toe In 2017 Playoffs

Nov 26, 2018 9:19 AM

When Blake Griffin injured his big toe during the 2017 Playoffs, he almost had "a breakdown."

“I remember just thinking that I had been doing everything I possibly could: diet, foam roll every night on your own, work with your own trainers, work with the team’s trainers, sleep in a hyperbaric chamber. I have an ice tub in my house. I have everything down to a science,” Griffin said. “And … this stuff still happens.”

Griffin spends more than six figures per year to have a personal trainer on call. Griffin's desire to get and stay healthy was fortified after his final playoff run with the Clippers.

“The real test for me was not getting discouraged through that,” he said. “I could easily have been, ‘[Expletive] it. I’m just going to stop caring as much, stop doing all those things that I do.’ But that’s not me as a person. So I just stuck to my routine that summer. And this summer. I put the time in and feel great.”

This past offseason, Griffin was finally focused on improvement instead of rehabbing an injury.

Dan Woike/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Blake Griffin Glad Trade To Pistons Happened

Nov 26, 2018 9:12 AM

Nearly a year after Blake Griffin was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons, he is content with the relocation.

“Yeah, I’m glad it happened,” Griffin told the Times. “I’m not saying I don’t miss certain people. There were some awesome fans that I got to know and I felt like I was very close with them. And there are some people you miss over there, but it was just time for a fresh start.

“I’m glad to be here.”

Teammates of Griffin say he's thriving in a leadership role in the locker room.

Dan Woike/Los Angeles Times

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Pistons Assign Henry Ellenson, Khyri Thomas To Grand Rapids

Nov 2, 2018 2:29 PM

The Detroit Pistons have assigned forward Henry Ellenson and guard Khyri Thomas to the Grand Rapids Drive.

Ellenson, the 18th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, has played in 58 career NBA games and holds averages of 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 8.3 minutes per game. In 23 career G League games, Ellenson has averaged 18.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists. In two games with the Drive last season, he averaged 29.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists.

Thomas, 6-3, 210, was drafted 38th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and his draft rights were acquired by the Pistons for two future second-round picks.

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Pistons Exercise 19-20 Option On Luke Kennard

Oct 30, 2018 4:43 PM

The Detroit Pistons have exercised its team option on the contract of guard Luke Kennard through the 2019-20 NBA season.

Kennard, 6-6, 206, was selected 12th overall by the Pistons in the 2017 NBA Draft from Duke. Last season, he averaged 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 20.0 minutes in 73 games. 

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Luke Kennard Suffers Probable Separated Shoulder

Oct 25, 2018 10:58 PM

Luke Kennard likely sustained a right shoulder separation. Kennard will undergo an MRI to confirm the injury.

Kennard suffered the injury after running into a screen set by Tristan Thompson.

In 73 games last season (nine starts), he averaged 7.6 points and 2.4 rebounds.

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Blake Griffin On Scoring 50: Hard Work Pays Off

Oct 24, 2018 7:44 AM

Blake Griffin had a career high 50 points in the Detroit Pistons' win over the 76ers.

"You know, the past two, three years, all I hear about is how bad I am, and I've been hurt, I've had bad games," Griffin said. "But we talked about it. This summer, being able to work out for the first time in three summers is huge, you know. The last three summers I was fighting and working as hard as I could to get healthy to be able to play.

"And this summer, I was able to really put time in and work on my game, work on my body, and I've always been a big believer in hard work pays off."

Griffin tied a career high with five 3-pointers and set a career mark with 20 field goals. 

"He's playing at a high level right now," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. "Offensively and defensively, he's out there talking and making decisions, communicating. He's playing great. Of all the great players I've worked with, Dirk [Nowitzki], Kyle Lowry, Kevin Garnett, Shawn Kemp, all those guys, he's playing at that high level right now.

"And he's just one of those guys that is taking it to another level, leading his team, putting them on his back, being a leader in the timeout. But again, that's what we expect from Blake because he is that good of a player."

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Joel Embiid: I Own A Lot Of Real Estate In Andre Drummond's Head

Oct 24, 2018 7:42 AM

Joel Embiid believes he is in the head of Andre Drummond.

"I think I own a lot of real estate in his head," Embiid told reporters after the Sixers' 133-132 loss to the Pistons. "We lost, so I'm not supposed to talk trash, but he knows damn well that he can't guard me. But that was a team effort. You know, Blake [Griffin] had a good game, and they were able to pull it off, so we got another one tomorrow, and we got to do a better job."

Drummond was ejected when assessed his second technical foul late in the fourth quarter when his hand brushed Embiid's face.

Drummond held his palms in the air after the foul call, while Embiid, who had gone to the floor, got up and gesticulated to the official to throw Drummond out of the game.

"His hand touched my face, and you know, going back, what the referees were saying the whole game, there were a lot of cheap shots taken," Embiid told reporters. "At one point, I think [referee] Tyler [Ford] said that the next cheap shot, the next one is going to get a technical foul, and that's why he got the other technical foul.

"All I was doing was just talking and playing basketball and trying to win the game, and obviously on the second one, you can see that he hit me, and his hand actually touched his face. ... But like I said, I feel like I own a lot of real estate in his head."

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Tags: Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

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Pistons Convert Zach Lofton To Two-Way Deal, Waive Reggie Hearn
Zach Lofton appeared in four games with the Pistons this preseason.

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Pistons Waive Chris McCullough
Chris McCullough was signed to the training camp roster on September 25.

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Pistons Sign Chris McCullough To Camp Deal
Chris McCullough played for the Wizards in the G League last season.

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Heat Most Aggressive In Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler
The Nets, Pistons, Rockets, Clippers, 76ers, Blazers and Kings are among the teams interested in a deal for Jimmy Butler.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

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Stan Van Gundy Admits To Feeling 'Lost' Without Coaching Job
Stan Van Gundy wants to be semi-retired if he's not coaching.

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Jon Leuer Undergoes Surgery On Right Medial Meniscus
Jon Leuer will begin the rehabilitation process immediately and his return to full basketball activity will be updated prior to the start of training camp.

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RealGM Radio: Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman On The Central Division
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk break down the Central Division.

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Andre Drummond Has Lost 20 Pounds In Offseason
Andre Drummond credits changes to his lifestyle.

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Pistons Hire Analytics Guru Sammy Gelfand Away From Warriors
Sammy Gelfand was Steve Kerr's go-to guy for statistical research.

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Pistons Hire Micah Nori As Assistant Coach
Micah Nori was most recently with the Nuggets under Michael Malone.

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Pistons Waive Eric Moreland
Eric Moreland played in a career-high 67 game last season.

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Zaza Pachulia Agrees To One-Year, $2.4M Deal With Pistons
Zaza Pachulia spent the past two seasons with the Warriors.

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Pistons Hire Gregg Polinsky As Director Of Player Personnel
Gregg Polinsky will oversee the scouting department of the Pistons.

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Pistons To Waive Dwight Buycks
Dwight Buycks averaged 7.4 points and 2.0 assists in 14.7 minutes per game.

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Jose Calderon Agrees To One-Year, $2.4M Deal With Pistons
Jose Calderon spent last season with the Pistons.

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Glenn Robinson III Agrees Upon Two-Year, $8.3M Deal With Pistons
The Pistons will have a team option on the second season of Glenn Robinson's deal.

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Pistons Agree To Sign Keenan Evans To Two-Way Contract
Keenan Evans went undrafted in 2018 out of Texas Tech. E

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Pistons Hire Malik Rose As Assistant GM
Malik Rose had been part of the Atlanta Hawks' front office since 2015.

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Dwane Casey Named 2018 Coach Of The Year
Dwane Casey has been named the 17-18 NBA Coach of the Year, beating out Brad Stevens and Quin Snyder.

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