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Tobias Harris, Nikola Jokic Named Players Of The Week

Nov 13, 2017 3:57 PM

The NBA announced that Tobias Harris and Nikola Jokic have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Harris, 25, averaged 21.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 49% (22-45) from the field and 64% (14-22) from beyond the arc to lead the Pistons to a 3-0 record for the week. Harris connected on four-plus 3-pointers in each game while shooting better than 55% from behind the arc in all three games.

“I’m honored to be named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but this is truly a testament to how well we’ve been playing as a team,” Harris said. “My coaches and teammates put me in positions to succeed and this recognition is a result of the hard work we put in, as a group, during the offseason and training camp.”

Jokic averaged 17.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game last week.

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Stan Van Gundy Publicly, Privately Disputes Reggie Jackson For Eric Bledsoe Rumors

Nov 4, 2017 10:27 AM

Stan Van Gundy publicly denied reports that the Detroit Pistons were discussing a trade with the Phoenix Suns centered on Reggie Jackson for Eric Bledsoe.

“It was crazy yesterday,” Van Gundy said Friday. “I left practice yesterday and there’s a rumor out on Reggie and Bledsoe so I had to get home and call Reggie and say we’re not trading you for Bledsoe. I don’t usually address all of them but it’s early in the (season). You can’t address all of them at the trade deadline, but I felt the need to address this.”

The Pistons have been linked to Bledsoe in the past.

“You always consider everything,” Van Gundy said. “I’ve said it before and it’s absolutely true: At least 99 percent of the rumors that come out on trades never come to fruition. If Jeff Bower talks to anybody — to (Celtics president) Danny Ainge — there’s a rumored Boston trade.

“These guys talk to each other every day — that’s what they do.”

Jackson hadn't heard about the trade rumors until Van Gundy approached him.

“I don’t pay attention and really don’t care (about rumors),” Jackson said. “Everybody’s media nowadays. Anybody can write anything and it can go on the web. That’s the beauty and downfall of the internet. Who cares? Everybody’s going to talk and have their own opinion.

“I’m still in Detroit and still here to compete and make my team the best it can be. If something else happens, it happens. That’s not something I’m concerned about.”

Rod Beard/The Detroit News

Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pistons Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe

Nov 2, 2017 1:19 PM

The Detroit Pistons have interest in trading for Eric Bledsoe.

The Phoenix Suns would prefer to send Reggie Jackson, who would be included in any trade scenario, to a third-team.

The Suns have been seeking a trade of Bledsoe since the first week of the season.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pistons Draw 20,491 Fans For Opener In New Arena

Oct 19, 2017 11:08 AM

The Detroit Pistons had an announced attendance of 20,491 for their first regular season game at Little Caesars Arena.

Tickets were being given away until shortly before tipoff and there reportedly were many empty seats throughout the game.

The Pistons struggled with attendance at The Palace of Auburn Hills in the suburbs. They finished 25th in attendance last season.

Correction: An earlier version of the MLive story erroneously listed the attendance at 9,528.

Brendan Savage/MLive

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Pistons Exercise 18-19 Options On Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson

Oct 15, 2017 6:15 PM

The Detroit Pistons have exercised team options on Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson for the 2018-19 season.

Johnson, a third-year forward, was drafted eighth overall by the Pistons in the 2015 NBA Draft. He has averaged 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 20.4 minutes in 150 career games (seven starts).

Ellenson, a second-year forward, was drafted 18th overall by the Pistons in the 2016 NBA Draft and averaged 3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds 0.4 assists and 7.7 minutes in 19 games (two starts) during his rookie campaign.

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Pistons Waive Beno Udrih

Oct 15, 2017 12:29 PM

The Detroit Pistons have waived guard Beno Udrih.

Udrih did not appear in any games with the Pistons this preseason.

The 13-year NBA veteran averaged 5.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 14.4 minutes in 39 games with Detroit last season.

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Pistons Shopped Andre Drummond Last Season

Sep 23, 2017 2:29 PM

The Detroit Pistons shopped Andre Drummond for a large portion of last season and found little interest from other teams.

Drummond signed a five-year, $130 million contract with the Pistons during the 2016 offseason in restricted free agency.

Drummond has plateaued in his development on offense and has regressed on defense.

The Piston hope Drummond plays with more energy in 17-18.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 21, 2017 12:43 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Bulls (2:38), Hawks (8:04), Nets (12:18), Knicks (16:42), Pacers (23:09), Magic (30:03), Pistons (37:10), 76ers (44:03), Hornets (57:50), Heat (1:03:04), Bucks (1:08:44), Wizards (1:22:04), Raptors (1:28:30), Cavs (1:35:52) and Celtics (1:52:18).

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Magic Johnson Turned Down Job Offers From Warriors, Pistons, Knicks

Sep 13, 2017 11:56 AM

Magic Johnson received several job offers to work for a team before taking the Los Angeles Lakers' job in 2017.

“I turned down three jobs. My good friends Peter [Guber] and Joe [Lacob], they bought the Golden State Warriors. They came to me, ‘I want you to be an owner, a partner with us.’ I said ‘No, I’m a Laker.’ My friend bought the Detroit Pistons, Tom Gores, and a Michigan State Guy. ‘Come on home It’d be a great story.’ ‘I can’t, I’m a Laker.’ I could’ve owned other teams,” Johnson said.

Johnson is also believed to have turned down multiple opportunities to run the New York Knicks.

ESPN (via Drew Garrison/Silver Screen & Roll

Tags: Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pistons Sign Dwight Buycks To Two-Way Contract

Sep 12, 2017 3:37 PM

The Detroit Pistons have signed guard Dwight Buycks to a two-way contract.

Buycks, 6-3, 190, averaged 25-plus points in each of the last two seasons with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association.  In 20 career NBA games with the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers, Buycks has averaged 4.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists.  

A native of Milwaukee, Buycks played collegiately at Marquette University his junior and senior seasons and averaged 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 68 games.    

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Pistons Agree Upon Deal With Dwight Buycks
Dwight Buckys spent the past two seasons in China with Fujian.

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk go in-depth on the NBA’s Central Division.

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NBA Approves Pistons' Move To Downtown Detroit
The Pistons will begin playing this upcoming season at Little Caesars Arena.

Pistons Sign Landry Nnoko To Camp Deal
Last season in Italy, Landry Nnoko averaged 6.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game.

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Otis Smith Meets With Kings On VP Of Basketball Ops Job
The Kings are searching for a replacement for Scott Perry.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pistons Sell Jersey Sponsorship To Flagstar Bank
Founded in 1987, Flagstar Bank's headquarters are in Troy, Michigan.

Aaron McCann/MLive

Luis Montero Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Pistons
Luis Montero averaged 6.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 23.6 minutes per game in Summer League in 2017.

Jorge Sierra/HoopsHype

Derek Willis Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Pistons
Derek Willis went undrafted out of Kentucky.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Pistons Waive Michael Gbinije, Save $830k
The Pistons waived Michael Gbinije before his $1.3 million contract would have become guaranteed.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free-Press

Lakers Meet With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo
The Lakers have $17 million in cap space though they're also preserving it for the 2018 offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Pelicans, Pistons Discuss Reggie Jackson Trade
The Pistons and Pelicans have discussed a trade of Reggie Jackson for E'Twaun Moore and Alexis Ajinca.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Anthony Tolliver, Pistons Agree Upon One-Year, $3.3M Deal
The Pistons have agreed to sign Anthony Tolliver to a one-year, $3.3 million deal.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Reggie Bullock Agrees Upon Two-Year, $5M Deal With Pistons
Reggie Bullock has agreed upon a two-year, $5 million deal with the Pistons.

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Celtics Agree To One-Year $4.3M Deal With Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes opted out of his contract with the Pistons to become a free agent.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Pistons Renounce Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will immediately become an unrestricted free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pistons Could Rescind Qualifying Offer To Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Talks between the Pistons and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have yet to progress.

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Celtics Agree To Trade Avery Bradley To Pistons For Marcus Morris
Avery Bradley is entering the final season of his contract and Boston needed to clear cap space to sign Gordon Hayward.

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Langston Galloway Agrees To Three-Year, $21M Deal With Pistons
Langston Galloway has agreed upon a three-year, $21 million deal with the Pistons.

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Aron Baynes Declines $6.5M Player Option With Pistons
The Pistons had anticipated Aron Baynes would become a free agent this offseason.

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Monta Ellis, Reggie Bullock Suspended Five Games For Drug Violation
Monta Ellis and Reggie Bullock will serve their suspensions to begin the 17-18 regular season.

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