Pistons Rumors & News

  • SVG barely scouted No. 18 pick Henry Ellenson; Pistons had him rated 10th

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Pistons were so certain Henry Ellenson would be off the board before their first-round pick in the NBA draft that Stan Van Gundy barely scouted him at all. Van Gundy said before the draft that there were 11 prospects who appeared out of the Pistons' reach at No. 18 overall, so he..." June 24

  • Pistons looking to move Jodie Meeks

    The Score "With the NBA draft having come and gone, the Detroit Pistons will turn their attention to retooling the roster over the summer, with moving guard Jodie Meeks on their to-do list. The franchise is shopping the 28-year-old in an effort to find him a new team, league sources told The Vertical's..." June 24

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Pistons, Magic, Lakers expected to make run at Al Horford

    Peachtree Hoops "The free agency buzz hasn’t quite shifted into high gear yet but teams are making preparations for what will be a wild month of July. The Atlanta Hawks figure to be at the forefront of a lot of that with two key players in Al Horford and Kent Bazemore hitting the open market. Horford in particular..." June 22

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • The Bulls acquired Spencer Dinwiddie from the Pistons in exchange for Cameron Bairstow

    NBA.com "The Chicago Bulls announced today they have acquired guard Spencer Dinwiddie from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for forward/center Cameron Bairstow. Dinwiddie (6-6, 200) played the last two seasons in Detroit, where he posted 4.4 points, 2.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game. " June 17

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Pistons Promote Pat Garrity, Andrew Loomis, Bob Beyer

    Real GM Basketball "The Detroit Pistons have promoted Pat Garrity to assistant general manager, Andrew Loomis to chief of staff and Bob Beyer to associate head coach. Quentin Richardson is leaving the organization for personal reasons. “I’m proud to announce the restructuring of our basketball staff knowing..." June 15

  • Metta World Peace Allegedly ‘Speaks Daily’ To The ‘Malice At The Palace’ Cup Thrower

    Dime Magazine "Stephen Jackson has become a regular on The Jump with Rachel Nichols, and the world is a better place for it. He has incredible stories, like the one he loves to tell about how, in the aftermath of the Malice at the Palace, then-Ron Artest turned to him in the locker room and asked him sincerely..." June 15

  • Pistons agree to extension with GM Jeff Bower

    Yahoo! Sports "Detroit Pistons general manager Jeff Bower has reached agreement on a multiyear contract extension, league sources told The Vertical. Bower, who works under president and coach Stan Van Gundy, was entering the final season of his original three-year deal, league sources said. Van Gundy..." June 12

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows

    OutSports.com "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • ‘Mystery Man’ Thon Maker gives Pistons something to think about with the 18th pick

    NBA.com "On April Fool’s Day in 1985, Sports Illustrated caused a sensational stir with a cover story on an out-of-nowhere baseball phenom named Sidd Finch whose fastball exploded radar guns at 168 mph. It was a hoax, of course. But Thon Maker is real – and generating nearly as much buzz in the weeks..." June 06

  • Thon Maker makes 'em laugh after Detroit Pistons workout

    Detroit Free Press "The question sounded better in my head, before I started talking. The need to add bulk and strength is an obvious area for improvement for 7-foot NBA draft prospect Thon Mark of Sudan. So ... “What do you do to gain weight?” I asked. After a brief pause and look of bewilderment, Maker..." June 04

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • Drummond’s Twitter Reaction to Local Media Saying He’s Not Franchise Player

    Black Sports Online "According to Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Pistons can do a lot better than Andre Drummond. I’m not sure that the All Star center agrees with that sentiment. In the report, Sharp points out how he feels that Drummond has basically peaked as a basketball player, and that any..." June 01

  • Pistons won't contend for title with Drummond as centerpiece

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Pistons risk wasting the goodwill they accrued from their first playoff appearance in seven years. They didn’t win a single game in their short stay in the LeBron Invitational (otherwise known as the Eastern Conference playoffs). But that’s not held against them because they’re..." June 01

  • Pistons won first-ever NBA Team Marketing Campaign of the Year Award

    Detroit Bad Boys "As you might recall, during all the hype of the new season the Detroit Pistons released a series of goosebump inducing promo videos that focused on prominent areas of Detroit, linking the city's spirit and attitude with that of the team's -- or what the Pistons aspired to exude in the new season..." May 31

  • Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson posts cryptic smirking tweet following Thunder loss in West finals

    The Oklahoman "Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson drew the ire of his one-time fans once again following the Thunder's season-ending 96-88 loss to Golden State in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Jackson posted a cryptic tweet in that coincided with the Thunder's defeat Monday night. It was an emoji..." May 31

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Dwight Howard maintains he did not demand that Stan Van Gundy be fired in Orlando

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s been four years since one of the most hilariously awkward NBA exchanges of all time. It involved Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard, and Howard has told his side of that story for the first time. Recall that Van Gundy, then coach of the Orlando Magic, told the media that he knew Howard, his..." May 19

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Pistons could use virtual reality to help Drummond's free throws

    The Score "Everything is on the table when it comes to helping Andre Drummond overcome his free-throw woes. Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons are already considering having their franchise center shoot underhanded at the charity stripe after he hit an abysmal 35.5 percent of his free throws this..." May 13

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Detroit Pistons prospects to watch for at the NBA combine

    Piston Powered "The Detroit Pistons may be picking 18th in the NBA draft this year, but there are going to be a lot of prospects that can contribute from day one. Others will be long-term prospects that could have a role. The point here is that there is plenty of talent (despite this draft class being defined..." May 11

  • SVG hopes off-season enough for Drummond free throw fix

    Detroit Free Press "Just to be clear: Andre Drummond shooting underhanded free throws is one of several options the Pistons will consider this off-season to improve the center’s historically bad foul shooting. A more pertinent question might be whether Drummond will have enough time to implement a major change in..." May 08

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Steve Blake, 36, wants to play one more season, but in Detroit?

    Detroit Free Press "Steve Blake can see the finish line of a career that began in 2003. There will be time to spend with three young children. He wants to remain in basketball — possibly trying to build a career in management. But that time can wait one more year; he wants to return to the floor for a 14th..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Anthony Tolliver hopes to make Detroit Pistons a 'long-term home'

    Detroit Free Press "After wearing eight different jerseys in his eight-year NBA career, Pistons stretch forward Anthony Tolliver would love to set down some roots. But the ball is in the Pistons’ court with Tolliver headed to unrestricted free agency this summer. Tolliver, 30, wants to remain in Detroit, but he..." May 03

  • Pistons' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope unconcerned with contract extension talks

    Michigan Live "Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was not anxious to discuss the possibility of a contract extension this summer but that may be because he isn't anxious to do it. The Detroit Pistons guard is eligible for an extension of his rookie contract this summer. If the Pistons and Caldwell-Pope do not reach..." May 01

  • Pistons' Stanley Johnson may be withheld from summer league for skills work

    Michigan Live "Stanley Johnson might benefit from summer league but not nearly as much as from drills and more drills. So the Detroit Pistons forward, who just completed his rookie season, might not participate in Orlando Pro Summer League in July. That's one of the offseason issues the Pistons already find..." April 29

  • Andre Drummond 'open' to going underhanded at the line

    Detroit News "Pistons center Andre Drummond is no Rick Barry at the free-throw line. But the two may have something in common beginning next year. Drummond, who had a horrific season at the line — making just 36 percent — potentially could be changing his style to underhand free throws next..." April 28

  • Kings to hire ex-Pistons exec Ken Catanella as Assistant General Manager

    Sactown Royalty "The Sacramento Kings have apparently been looking at strengthening their front office for a while now, looking to add some more expertise and experience to support GM Vlade Divac as he looks to rebuild the Kings. For a few weeks at least, we thought that addition would be former Pacers and Bucks..." April 27

  • Reggie Jackson all-in on Pistons' goal for next season: 'Finals'

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Pistons conquered their goal this season of making the playoffs. And with the way Reggie Jackson is talking, that was the easy part. Now they look above and beyond just cracking the postseason. Their next step? "Finals," Jackson declared Tuesday, as players gathered one final..." April 27

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • Cavs edge Pistons to complete sweep

    The Sports Xchange "AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Kyrie Irving is off to a great start in his effort to make up for lost time in the playoffs. A year after missing five games in the NBA Finals and two in the Eastern Conference finals with a knee injury and leaving people wondering what might have been, the Cavaliers..." April 25

  • Lack of trust in Andre Drummond a problem for Pistons

    Detroit Free Press "The free throws swished. One after the other. Five straight … six straight … seven straight … eight straight free throws from Andre Drummond. The shooting form, the release point identical for each of those seemingly effortless attempts. Pleased with the consistency, Detroit Pistons assistant..." April 25

  • NBA rules Irving didn't foul Jackson on final shot of Cavs-Pistons series

    The Score "The first-round series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons ended with a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer by Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson. Jackson, whose shot would've won the game for Detroit and sent the series back to Cleveland for Game 5, felt he was fouled on the play by..." April 25

  • Pistons favorable to re-signing Andre Drummond with max deal

    ESPN "Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond is in line to sign a max contract extension this summer. Pistons owner Tom Gores made it clear after Sunday night's season-ending Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers that he has no qualms about giving Drummond big money. "No hesitation," Gores said..." April 25