October 21, 2020, 9:18 amBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Zach Lowe of ESPN said on his podcast that the Pistons are going to have a market for Blake Griffin.
“I’ve had enough teams ask me about Blake Griffin that I think there's still interest in what he can do to help you win,” said Zach Lowe on his podcast. "I don't think it's going to be, like, strong, they are not going to have two first round picks, or even a first round pick unless they take back something onerous too, but there is a market.” Griffin has just two seasons remaining on his contract after having an All-NBA Third Team season in 18-19, and that makes him a a potential target for contending teams. He was limited to just 18 games last year after having two surgeries on his left knee, but all reports coming out of Detroit claim that he is recovering very well.
October 18, 2020, 10:05 pmDerrick RosePG, Detroit Pistons
Derrick Rose is a player who could be on the move this offseason, with the Lakers being one of his potential destinations, according to Sean Deveney of the Heavy.
We've heard this song before, Derrick Rose being sought after by a title contender, the Lakers specifically. However, with Rajon Rondo opting out of his deal, Rose makes sense as a veteran who can add to the team's backcourt depth. Also, being on the wrong side of 30 on a rebuilding team, Rose makes a lot of sense to be dealt by the Pistons for some young projects and/or draft picks.
October 6, 2020, 10:27 amSvi MykhailiukSF, Detroit Pistons
Svi Mykhailiuk emerged in his second season as an elite shooter who showed he can be more of an all-around player for the Pistons, and he is now looking to take his game to the next level.
During the last season, Mykhailiuk capitalized on an injury to Luke Kennard that opened the door to more playing time. He became one of the few players in NBA history to shoot better than 40 percent from the 3-point arc on more than five attempts per game within the first two seasons of his career. Svi briefly visited his native Ukraine over the summer, but other than that, he’s been in Detroit vigilantly working on proving that he’s not just a shooter. The Pistons are looking forward to a season where both him and Kennard are available, and the hope is that the combination of elite 3-point shooting and potential as secondary wing playmakers could help bring Dwane Casey’s offensive vision to life.
October 6, 2020, 10:10 amKhyri ThomasSG, Detroit Pistons
Khyri Thomas benefited from the Pistons’ group workouts during the last three weeks, giving the team an opportunity to showcase his game.
“I thought Khyri Thomas had a great week,” Casey said. “He shot the ball extremely well and I was happy that finally the young man is healthy, really proud of the way Khyri came out and played.” The timing could absolutely work in his favor since his contract is only partially guaranteed next season. The biggest key for Thomas though is staying healthy, since he had injury woes since his NBA career began. The Pistons are desperate for more shooting and if the young man makes it past training camp he could be an interesting deep-league option for a franchise that is putting an emphasis on the growth of their players.
Source: Detroit Free Press
October 2, 2020, 12:55 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Mike Singer of the Denver Post is reporting that the Hawks, Pistons and Suns are all expected to have interest in Jerami Grant.
It's believed that staying in Denver is Grant's top choice but he may follow the money. There aren't a lot of teams with cap space to burn and many organizations are trying to keep the books clean for the 2021 offseason, but Grant will be one of the top players available. It's also entirely possible that teams make other trades to open up space, so the list of potential suitors is almost certainly longer than three. Grant fills a lot of holes on any roster and would certainly help the three listed here, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of salary he commands after putting together a strong run of play in the postseason.
Source: Denver Post
September 24, 2020, 7:37 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard says that he's been playing a lot of point guard in the Pistons' bubble camp.
This isn't super surprising considering that Dwane Casey hinted at Kennard handling some PG work in the lead up to last season. With Reggie Jackson gone, the Pistons only have Derrick Rose and some rising sophomores as the PG types on the current roster. Rose definitely operates more as a scorer than an initiator, and if anyone is going to challenge Kennard for more traditional distribution work it might be Bruce Brown. Brown is the player who did a lot of the ball-handling last year and seemed to do well with the opportunity. It's also possible that the Pistons roll with Rose, Brown and Kennard all running the offense at times and eschew a traditional point guard completely. We're a long ways off from next season but Kennard has middle-round potential, so his deployment is something to watch out for.
Source: James Edwards on Twitter
September 23, 2020, 8:01 pmJustin PattonC, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have announced on Wednesday that Justin Patton has successfully undergone surgery to repair a fracture in his right pinkie finger.
Patton has not been able to make a splash in fantasy so far. Considering the Pistons are in off-season mode, hopefully his recovery time will not keep him from too much basketball action.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
September 21, 2020, 4:07 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown was able to establish himself as a regular part of the rotation for the Pistons this season but needs to be doing more if he is to be an impact player.
After a standout performance in the Las Vegas Summer League, Brown made the most of his opportunities during what was a disappointing season for the Pistons. He finished as a top-150 player in standard leagues, more than doubling his statistical output in multiple categories. Despite the increased workload, Brown still struggled with somewhat of an identity crisis and needs to work on erasing the ambiguity moving forward. If he can settle into a more defined role, Brown could be a player worth considering towards the backend of 12-team leagues next season.
Source: Hoops Habit
September 17, 2020, 12:43 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Free agents Christian Wood and Langston Galloway are not participating with the Pistons in their in-market bubble.
Expect to see this from every free agent, as they're taking on a huge risk by going in to work out for a team that doesn't have them under contract. Wood in particular is heading towards a nice payday, and an in-bubble injury would jeopardize that. For what it's worth, Dwane Casey had a sensible take on the situation: "So it's just something I totally get because if I'm a free agent, I wouldn't attend anyway to the team you're not under contract with."
September 17, 2020, 12:33 pmDerrick RosePG, Detroit Pistons
Derrick Rose will not participate in the Pistons' in-market bubble activities, per Dwane Casey.
Casey said that Rose is "in and out of town," but that the guard is fully recovered from an ankle sprain that ended his season. It's no surprise that more veteran players are opting not to live in a bubble given the challenges it has posed to their colleagues on playoff teams, and the Pistons are trusting that the vets will get their work in in other ways.
September 17, 2020, 12:30 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Although Blake Griffin won't be participating in the Pistons' upcoming mini-camp, Dwane Casey said that the star forward is 100% recovered from knee surgery.
Griffin will be working out in LA instead of joining the Pistons for their in-market bubble, which is something the coach has no problems with. It was a disappointing season to be sure, as Griffin's injuries completely wiped out Detroit's faint playoff hopes, but a healthy Griffin does give them a shot at a playoff berth in the East. He'll be one of the more volatile and risky names on draft boards heading into next season, but it's possible that everyone is so scared about the negatives that he ends up being a decent value. We'll see how it all unfolds.
September 4, 2020, 6:47 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Christian Wood finished fourth in the 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year award voting, validating what was a productive end to the season.
Wood has long been viewed as a potential fantasy game-changer and he was presented with a great opportunity to end the season. He made the most of his time on the floor down the stretch and certainly peaked the attention of many including those with a vote in the Sixth Man of the Year award. The Pistons are unlikely to be a force next season and may very well elect to bring Wood back as the starting center. No matter his final destination, a meaningful role could absolutely translate to his best overall fantasy season to date.
September 1, 2020, 11:28 amSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said that Sekou Doumbouya has caught his eye this summer with his diligence in the weight room and his ballhandling improvement.
The Pistons knew what they were getting when they made Doumbouya the youngest player drafted in June of 2019. The rookie’s first five starts saw him go head to head with Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Love again, exceeding all expectations by averaging 12.0 points and 5.9 rebounds on 49 percent shooting while holding his own defensively. There were plenty of highs and lows the rest of the way, including a 17-point outing in a Super Bowl Sunday win over the Nuggets, when the season abruptly ended in March. Casey planned a rigorous and well-rounded summer apprenticeship for the French forward but the Pistons have had to adjust to pandemic restrictions that still to this day limit them to individual work with a single coach per player. As much promise as Doumbouya showed as a rookie, they know he has miles to go to reach his immense potential, but from what they’ve seen from him this summer, he’s got a real shot to do so.
August 26, 2020, 10:59 amBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin has spent the offseason rehabbing his knee, and he’s confident he’ll be ready to go when the season begins, and even though he’s open to taking on a different role, it doesn’t appear that the front office will ask him to do so.
The goal for next season is to compete and to win, head coach Dwane Casey told reporters last week, so it wouldn’t be fair to ask Griffin and the Pistons’ other key veteran, Derrick Rose, to take on a lesser role. With a couple months before the draft and free agency, the roster will undergo further changes before the 2020-21 season tips off. Rebuilding on the fly by adding players via free agency and trade, while remaining competitive, is the route that the Pistons will likely select, and if Griffin regains his 2018-19 season form, it’ll significantly raise the floor of next year’s team.
Source: Detroit Free Press
July 22, 2020, 12:43 amTim FrazierPG, Free Agent
Tim Frazier was overshadowed by Bruce Brown and others at the guard position for the Pistons all season before being waived after the trade deadline, ranking well outside the top-300 in all category leagues.
Frazier was never really pushing for minutes and it got even more difficult for him when Reggie Jackson returned to action. The Pistons were trying to showcase Jackson before shipping him off to the Clippers, but they ended up ridding themselves of Frazier as well after shuffling their roster up at the deadline. Frazier hardly ever garners fantasy consideration and 2019-20 was no different. He will look to find another NBA opportunity before next season starts.