July 16, 2019, 1:06 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee) has been cleared to start light basketball activities after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in late April.
Griffin dealt with left knee soreness in the season's final games and missed the first two games of the playoffs. His issues were dealt with quickly after the season ended and he should be ready for the start of the season. Look for Griffin to come off draft boards in the early-middle rounds after he put up a career season last year, though there might not be much profit margin at that price. There's a definite 8-cat lean as well.
Source: Rod Beard on Twitter
July 13, 2019, 10:55 pmJordan BonePG, Detroit Pistons
Jordan Bone scored 18 points in Saturday's loss to the Nets, adding a full line of four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
Bone started at PG and played 24 minutes for the Pistons making the most of the opportunity. Detroit doesn't have a solidified back court and are searching for a suitable backup behind Reggie Jackson and Derrick Rose. It will be a tight race to keep an eye on as the Summer League comes to an end.
July 10, 2019, 5:38 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown led the Pistons to a 96-81 win over the Sixers on Wednesday, triple-doubling with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
Brown has been playing point guard for Detroit in Summer League, and it's been a good look for him. He added a steal and two blocks in 27 minutes today, which combined with his rebounding effort paints the picture of an effective wing defender who has some sneaky playmaking chops. Brown is likely to go back to a low-usage role as the starting shooting guard in the regular season but this has been an exciting summer for any dynasty players who have Brown on their rosters.
July 8, 2019, 8:36 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown had a good all-around game in a 102-84 win over the Pacers in Summer League on Monday, going for 14 points (4-for-9 FGs, 5-for-8 FTs), 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one triple in 26 minutes.
Brown once again played point guard and the line looks good. He started 56 games during his rookie season, and his defense should guarantee him decent minutes whether he starts again or not. He's a player to watch, but he's got a way to go to get on the standard-league radar.
July 7, 2019, 4:01 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Per Sam Amick and Brett Dawson of The Athletic, the Thunder and Russell Westbrook will meet to discuss his future with the organization and the Heat, Pistons and Rockets are all potential suitors should the Thunder test the trade market.
Oklahoma City is positioning itself for a rebuild and likely don't want Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to be playing off the ball or off the bench, and Westbrook is unlikely to want to waste the final elite seasons of his career shepherding a young team. The Heat and Pistons seem like the easier landing spots here considering their obvious needs at point guard, while any transaction with the Rockets would be a complex multi-team deal. Any team acquiring the 30-year-old Westbrook must be prepared to deal with four more seasons at an average annual value north of $40 million.
Source: The Athletic
July 7, 2019, 3:27 pmDerrick RosePG, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have officially signed Markieff Morris, Derrick Rose and Tim Frazier.
The Pistons had a fairly low-key free agency but will bolster their second unit in a big way with the additions of Rose and Morris. They also did a nice job keeping the cap clear, with Frazier and Morris checking in at $2 and $3.6 million respectively on one-year deals, with Rose making $15 million over two seasons. Rose is the player who is closest to the fantasy radar but is only a late-round play.
Source: Detroit Pistons
July 7, 2019, 12:55 amSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Sekou Doumbouya has missed the Pistons' first two Summer League games with a minor case of right hamstring tightness.
Doumbouya was one of the higher-upside picks available in the draft and the Pistons looked to get a bit lucky with him falling out of the lottery. Hopefully Doumbouya is able to take the court soon, as he would certainly be one of the most fun players to keep tabs on in Summer League.
Source: Detroit Pistons
July 6, 2019, 7:37 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown put up 17 points, 10 assists, a steal and three blocks in Saturday's Summer League win over the Blazers.
Brown's been playing point guard for Detroit's summer squad even though he'll be a shooting guard for the big club. It's good to see him flash these skills but we don't imagine this sort of usage will exist for him when the regular season opens. Svi Mykhailiuk chipped in 18 points and four triples as the NBA-ready Pistons in Vegas have had a strong first pair of games.
July 6, 2019, 11:42 amSvi MykhailiukSF, Detroit Pistons
Svi Mykhailiuk's contract for the 2019-20 season becomes guaranteed.
The July 5 deadline passed and Mykhailiuk is still on the team so his contract becomes fully guaranteed. He didn't see much action after the Pistons acquired him last season and even if he continues to impress in Summer League like he did in the opener, the Pistons have too much depth in front of him right now for the Ukranian to make any impact in the regular season.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
July 5, 2019, 5:18 pmKhyri ThomasSG, Detroit Pistons
Khyri Thomas put up 26 points, six rebounds, two steals and seven 3-pointers in Friday's 96-80 win over Croatia at Summer League.
Thomas hit 9-of-20 from the field and 7-of-14 from the field. The Pistons landed Thomas with the 38th pick in the 2018 draft, and though he only appeared in 26 games for Detroit last season they like his long-term 3-and-D potential. Thomas may be able to crack the rotation this season, and dynasty owners should keep an eye on the lengthy guard.
July 5, 2019, 5:13 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown finished Friday's game against Croatia with 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer.
Brown is expected to see heavy work at point guard in Summer League, and he did a nice job in this one as he led the team in assists while only committing two turnovers. That role is unlikely to be open for him in the regular season, however, so this foray is more about developing long-term skills for Brown than preparing him for the upcoming season.
July 5, 2019, 5:10 pmSvi MykhailiukSF, Detroit Pistons
Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 points in Friday's Summer League opener, going 5-of-10 from the field with two triples, five assists, a steal, a block and six turnovers.
Mykhailiuk was only able to play in three games with the Pistons after being traded last season, but it's nice to see that he's fully recovered from a left index finger fracture he sustained towards the end of his campaign. Hopefully he's more of a factor on a Detroit team that could use a floor-spacer.
July 3, 2019, 2:36 pmMarkieff MorrisPF, Detroit Pistons
Shams Charania is reporting that Markieff Morris has agreed to a deal with the Pistons.
Rod Beard of the Detroit News is hearing that it will clock in at around $3.6 million, with other reports saying it's a one-year deal. Morris suffered from a neck injury last season, and when he was ready to return he was forced to take a low-minute role off the bench for the Thunder. That was a major sticking point for him, so we'd expect him to log more than the 16.1 mpg he played with OKC, even with Blake Griffin owning the PF minutes in Detroit. While Morris will give Detroit some added versatility and scoring prowess of the bench, he doesn't figure to hold standard-league fantasy value given the way the roster is constructed.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 2, 2019, 3:05 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Per Vincent Ellis of The Detroit Free Press, Bruce Brown Jr. said most of his work has been at point guard and he expects to see heavy doses of time there this summer.
We'll see if anything comes of this as we get closer to the season, but with the early signings of Derrick Rose and Tim Frazier this offseason it is hard to envision many available PG minutes for Brown next year. Brown started at the two-spot for the majority of last season, and we should be expecting his minutes to come on the wings again this season.
Source: Vincent Ellis on Twitter
July 1, 2019, 5:26 pmTim FrazierPG, Detroit Pistons
Tim Frazier has agreed to a one-year deal with the Pistons worth approximately $2 million.
Frazier will give Detroit a quality backup point guard, though he's third on the depth chart behind Reggie Jackson and Derrick Rose. There's not much to see here for fantasy purposes.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter