The Detroit Pistons were among the most predictable (and sometimes boring) fantasy teams yet again - will anything change going forward?
June 29, 2019, 6:16 pmDerrick RosePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Derrick Rose and the Pistons are "motivated to finding a pathway" to a two-year contract when free agency opens, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
The lengths to which everyone is going to avoid tampering charges are hilarious. Rose will give Detroit a scoring guard off the bench, though he'll fit right in with most of the other Pistons as a guy without a trustworthy jumper. He could have late-round appeal with room to grow if Reggie Jackson gets hurt or traded, but Rose will not be one of our recommended fantasy targets next season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 29, 2019, 3:43 pmDerrick RosePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Frank Isola of The Athletic is reporting that the Pistons are emerging as the favorite to sign Derrick Rose.
The Pistons were connected to a number of point guards earlier this summer, and while it is an obvious position of need it is curious that they'd add yet another player who can't really shoot. If he does land in Detroit, Rose will give the second unit some much-needed scoring punch, however. We'd be stunned if he could repeat last season's top-110 output given all the opportunities and hot streaks he had in Minnesota. Rose is recovering from surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow but is expected to be ready for next year.
Source: Frank Isola on Twitter
June 27, 2019, 11:42 amIsh SmithPG, Detroit Pistons
The Wolves have Ish Smith on their radar, per Minnesota reporter Darren Wolfson.
Smith would give the Wolves a solid backup behind Jeff Teague, though it would not give him the same path to fantasy value as he had in Detroit behind the less-effective Reggie Jackson. Minnesota could lose two point guards this summer so they're lining up alternatives.
Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter
June 24, 2019, 12:52 pmLouis KingF, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons will sign Louis King to a two-way contract.
King averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.9 triples at Oregon last season and will give Detroit some organizational depth at the forward spots. He’s going to be doing most of his work in the G-League and this news only makes waves in deep dynasty formats.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 20, 2019, 2:41 pmGlenn Robinson IIIG/F, Detroit Pistons
James Edwards III of The Athletic is reporting the Pistons are “unlikely” to exercise their team option on Glenn Robinson III.
Robinson would be a $4.27 million cap hit next season. Blake Griffin isn’t getting any younger, so the Pistons are hoping to clear room to be active in the trade market.
Source: James Edwards III on Twitter
June 19, 2019, 11:02 pmTony SnellG, Detroit Pistons
The Bucks have agreed to trade Tony Snell to the Pistons for Jon Leuer on Wednesday night.
The Pistons will also receive the 30th pick in the first round of Thursday's draft. The Bucks made it clear that they were trying to trade Snell and Ersan Ilyasova, so they have accomplished half of their goal. The Bucks save $4 million in salary this season and no longer have Snell's $12 million on the books for the 2020-21 season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 8, 2019, 10:08 amWayne EllingtonG, Detroit Pistons
The wing position is the biggest area of need for the Pistons in the offseason and they will look at several options for help, including their No. 15 pick in the draft.
Wayne Ellington, who was signed midseason after a buyout, will be an unrestricted free agent. The Pistons will be limited in what they can offer, with just the non-taxpayer mid-level exception (about $9.2 million) and the biannual exception (about $3.6 million). It’s highly unlikely that they will be able to bid on the likes of Klay Thompson or Jimmy Butler, but they can take a swipe at some of the second and third tier options like Trevor Ariza, Danny Green, Marcus Morris, Rodney Hood, Terrence Ross, Garrett Temple and even Reggie Bullock.
Source: Detroit News
May 4, 2019, 12:10 pmReggie JacksonG, Detroit Pistons
With Ish Smith potentially leaving in free agency, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that Derrick Rose will be among the names that the front office discusses as a potential replacement.
The Pistons are expected to be in on multiple point guards, with Rose, Seth Curry, Ricky Rubio and Patrick Beverley mentioned in the report. Rose would certainly give the Pistons more scoring punch but he wouldn't exactly help them space the floor, which proved to be a major issue over the course of the season. The team is operating as though Reggie Jackson is their top option but we might not get a great handle on his exact role until after the free agency dust settles.
Source: Detroit Free Press
April 24, 2019, 8:26 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee) underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday night.
Griffin's knee obviously dogged him during the final stretch of the regular season and throughout the Pistons' brief playoff run. The Pistons said that he isn't expected to miss any off season training and should be good to go for the start of the 2019-2020 season.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 1:20 pmBlake GriffinF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin joined the Piston fans in the "refs you suck" chant that took place in Game 4 on Monday.
Griffin continued to pour it on the refs in his postgame press conference, referencing how Giannis Antetokounmpo alone took more free throws than the entire Pistons team in Game 4. While the free throw disparity is a disheartening development for the Pistons, they would have needed a lot more than a few calls to make this a series.
Source: NBC Sports
April 23, 2019, 12:38 pmAndre DrummondC, Detroit Pistons
After the Pistons were swept on Monday night, Andre Drummond said he hurt his quad in Game 1 and lacked explosion for the rest of the seriers.
Even with the quad injury, Drummond was able to post a double-double in every game in the series with an average of 14.2 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. Though, his 44.4 percent shooting did show he was a little off in his game. The Pistons were overmatched in this series, especially with Blake Griffin banged up, and it likely wouldn't have made a difference in the end results.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 12:21 amBlake GriffinF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin may have limped through 28 minutes in Monday night's 127-104 Game 4 loss to the Bucks, but he put up 22 points, five rebounds, six assists and four threes.
Griffin helped keep the Pistons' season alive for almost three quarters on a bad knee before fouling out in the fourth to a standing ovation. He was at significantly less than 100 percent during this series, but it was good to see him lay it all out there as a last-gasp effort for his team. Griffin had a great fantasy season and there should be more of the same as the 30-year-old hopefully returns healthy in 2019-20.
April 23, 2019, 12:10 amReggie JacksonG, Detroit Pistons
Reggie Jackson scored a team-high 26 points (9-of-20 FGs, 5-of-9 threes, 3-of-3 FTs) with seven dimes, three boards and a steal in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks.
Jackson looked great tonight while keeping the Pistons in front for the majority of the game. However, the Bucks went on a big run in the third and fourth quarters to complete the sweep. Jackson, at age 29, doesn't have a whole lot of upside left, but he's certainly capable of putting together games like this once or twice a month to swing a head-to-head matchup.
The Pistons improved, but not for fantasy owners