Pistons Rumors & News

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Pistons Pick Up Options On Johnson, Ellenson

    Hoops Rumors "The Pistons have picked up their fourth-year option on Stanley Johnson and third-year option on Henry Ellenson for 2018/19, the team announced in a press release Sunday. Detroit faced an Oct. 31 deadline to pick up their options for 2018/19. Johnson will make $3,940,402 next season while Ellenson..." October 16

  • Pistons waive guard Beno Udrih

    Larry Brown Sports "The Detroit Pistons may have a roster move in the offing. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Pistons have waived backup guard Beno Udrih. In itself, this is not particularly significant move, but it means the Pistons only have 14 guaranteed contracts on the books — making this a..." October 15

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Pistons Cut Landry Nnoko, Derek Willis

    Hoops Rumors "The Pistons have made a pair of roster cuts, waiving Landry Nnoko and Derek Willis, per Rod Beard of The Detroit News (Twitter link). Both players are on track to join the Grand Rapids Drive, Detroit’s G League squad, as affiliate players. Nnoko, a 6’10” center, joined the Pistons this summer..." October 11

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Pistons' Reggie Jackson eyeing quick return

    Detroit News "During Tuesday night’s “Meet the Team” event, Pistons guard Reggie Jackson did a little dance to help entertain the fans. On Wednesday and Friday, he sat out the first two preseason games because of groin soreness. But his time is coming — and it could be this week. After being limited this..." October 09

  • Pistons’ depth presents problems for Van Gundy

    Detroit News "The preseason will present Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy with an opportunity to tinker with the lineup a little bit. The first nine days of training camp have given him some indication of what he’d like to do in terms of a playing rotation, but there’s still plenty more to determine in locking..." October 06

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • Pistons impressed during first look at Little Caesars Arena

    Michigan Live "They threw up jump shots at their new home Tuesday. Then they tossed around some compliments. The Detroit Pistons hit the court for the first time at Little Caesars Arena during a "Meet the Team" event. They liked what they saw from the $863 million facility. "It was awesome. It's..." October 04

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Pistons' Reggie Jackson emerges from contact practice pain-free

    Detroit News "Reggie Jackson cleared another hurdle Friday. It’s a small one, but it’s important nonetheless. Jackson went through his first full-contact practice of training camp, another step in his return from being shut down this summer on a 16-week protocol to manage the wear-and-tear on his knee..." September 30

  • Stan Van Gundy: You want NBA parity? Eliminate draft, max contracts

    Detroit Free Press "Stan Van Gundy doesn't have a strong opinion about lottery reform. But he does have ideas on how to improve the NBA that go beyond addressing tanking. But if the league truly wants to create more parity, the Detroit Pistons team president and coach proposed radical changes Friday after the..." September 30

  • Pistons’ ‘spotty’ effort on defense rankles Van Gundy

    Detroit News "At this point of the season, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy almost expects poor defense, so there’s no need in getting into a huff about it. That doesn’t mean that it’s not frustrating, though. Following a scrimmage in Thursday’s only practice, Van Gundy lamented the defensive effort his team..." September 29

  • Pistons may be interested in trade with Cleveland

    Cavs Nation "Now that they have officially signed three-time champion Dwyane Wade, the Cleveland Cavaliers could be facing some difficult roster decisions. As most hoops fans know, teams in the NBA are allowed to have 15 men on their roster, as well as a pair of two-ways contracts for their respective G-League..." September 29

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • Pistons owner Tom Gores supports players' right to 'raise awareness'

    Michigan Live "Sunday's NFL games featured more protests by players, who in some cases were joined on their field by owners, than ever before. Many players kneeled during the national anthem, many locked arms. A few teams remained in their locker room during the anthems. It was a response to comments made..." September 25

  • Report: Pistons ‘Found Little Interest’ in Andre Drummond on Trade Market

    SLAM Online "The Detroit Pistons have reportedly “found little interest” in Andre Drummond since making their 24-year-old center available last season. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Drummond’s regression on defense has hurt his trade value. The Pistons sniffed out the Drummond trade market for much of..." September 22

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Detroit Pistons' Reggie Jackson: 'I’ve had no setbacks' with left knee

    Detroit Free Press "Reggie Jackson thinks his left knee is fine. But the Detroit Pistons point guard looking for a bounce-back season won’t know for sure until he’s getting up and down the floor with ease when the season starts a little less than a month from now. But after the trials of last season, Jackson is..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • 14 NBA Teams Lost Money in 2016-17

    SLAM Online "As many as 14 NBA teams lost money last season before accounting for revenue sharing, according to an ESPN report. Five of those teams—Memphis, Charlotte, Indiana, Milwaukee and Utah—have reportedly received at least $15 million in payouts each of the past four seasons. After revenue sharing..." September 19

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • SVG: Detroit Pistons' Reggie Jackson 'ramping up his basketball work'

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Pistons start training camp in two weeks. And Reggie Jackson, seeking a bounce-back season after struggling with left knee tendinitis, is on track to be on the floor when the team begins the earnest work of preparing to make the inaugural season at Little Caesars Arena a successful..." September 12

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • Avery Bradley on getting traded: “I knew I was going somewhere”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Danny Ainge completely revamped a 53-win team this summer. It is a big gamble. One of those moves was trading starter and defensive stopper Avery Bradley to Detroit for Marcus Morris. For the Celtics it was a move to clear cap space, making way for the signing of Gordon Hayward. For Bradley,..." September 09

  • GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'

    CBS Sports "Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and..." September 06

  • SVG: Detroit Pistons' Reggie Jackson (knee) won't practice twice daily

    Detroit Free Press "Stan Van Gundy likes practice. But he also wants a completely healthy Reggie Jackson. So don't expect him to be a full participant in two-a-day practices when the Detroit Pistons being training camp Sept. 26. It's all about ensuring Jackson, who has yet to fully resume basketball..." September 06

  • Pistons, Dwight Buycks Reach Agreement

    Hoops Rumors "The Pistons have agreed to sign free agent point Dwight Buycks, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders writes. Chris Reichert of 2Ways10Days adds that Buycks’ deal is a two-way pact (Twitter link). The journeyman guard last played in China following stints with the Raptors and Lakers. In six..." August 30

  • Pistons kicked the can down the road – heedlessly

    Pro Basketball Talk "In their seminal set of transactions this offseason, the Pistons upgraded to a better, cheaper version of their previous shooting guard. The bill – Marcus Morris already used as down payment – will come due next summer, when Avery Bradley becomes an unrestricted free agent. Will Detroit be..." August 25

  • Kennard as good as SVG hoped (plus) on offense, dispels fears on D

    NBA.com "Rare is the player who convinces any coach of future NBA stardom based on Summer League performance, but every now and then the opposite proves true: players who give a coach scant reason to believe they have a path to any meaningful NBA role. Luke Kennard passed that last test, at least, with..." August 18

  • SVG: No concerns cap issues will keep Pistons from retaining Avery Bradley

    NBA.com "Ahead of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s free agency, conventional wisdom said the Pistons held not all but most of the cards. That’s the very nature of restricted free agency. In hindsight, it probably worked against the Pistons this time – and didn’t exactly work out the way Caldwell-Pope’s side..." August 14

  • Pistons' Reggie Jackson, Avery Bradley will try to 'tear up the league'

    Michigan Live "Reggie Jackson had a front-row seat when the Detroit Pistons introduced Avery Bradley at a press conference last month. Jackson made a special trip from Los Angeles just to meet his new backcourt mate. "I got to see my man, got to let him know I'm all in with him," Jackson said. "Let's get..." August 13

  • Ish Smith: Detroit Pistons PG Reggie Jackson getting back to old form

    Detroit Free Press "Ish Smith, speaking recently at a Nike apparel store in downtown Detroit, said he stays in regular contact with Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson. After left knee tendinitis turned last season into Jackson’s personal nightmare, Smith said Jackson is in Los Angeles and is going to come..." August 12

  • Pistons' Andre Drummond: Conditions in South Africa were 'eye-opening'

    Detroit Free Press "Finding time to relax these days has been a challenge for Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond. After recovering from April nose surgery to repair a deviated septum - an injury he suffered during his lone college season at Connecticut and hindered his breathing last season - Drummond became a..." August 12

  • SVG determined to give Boban more rope and make teams deal with his size, scoring

    NBA.com "Aron Baynes was perhaps the Pistons player Stan Van Gundy trusted most to carry out a game plan with maximum focus and effort the past two years. His departure leaves a void. Boban Marjanovic provides 7-foot-4 inches and 290 pounds to fill it. It might not be quite as neat and clean as..." August 11

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10