November 18, 2020, 9:38 pmIsaiah StewartC, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have selected Isaiah Stewart 16th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.
This pick was originally the Blazers, but it was traded to the Rockets and now to the Pistons. After selecting what could be the steal of the draft in Killian Hayes at No. 7, the Pistons add a center who plays big inside the paint and can rebound the ball well. Stewart wasn't projected this high in the draft, but we're past the lottery and they need a true center to fill in the hole left by Andre Drummond.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
November 18, 2020, 8:41 pmKillian HayesSG, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have selected France’s Killian Hayes with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2020 draft.
Hayes was seen by some as potentially the best guard and best overall prospect in the draft, he combines creative passing with a physicality that allows him to overpower opposing guards. The Pistons have the goal of rebuilding their talent base and they’ve certainly done that by selecting Hayes. He’s active off-ball on both ends of the floor, slashing on offense and menacing the opposing team on defense. Hayes has potential to be an effective and stylish scorer, but he has to improve his shooting- he shot just 29% from beyond the arc while playing in Europe.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
November 18, 2020, 1:34 amJordan BonePG, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have declined to extend a qualifying offer to two-way guard, Jordan Bone, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Bone was a fantasy non-factor in 2019-20, so there's not much to scape out of this bit of news. The Pistons are toying with playing Luke Kennard at PG for some stretches.
Source: James Edwards III on Twitter
November 17, 2020, 11:28 pmSvi MykhailiukSF, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have exercised the third-year team option of small forward Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, according to Yahoo Sports' Keith Smith.
This is not shocking, by any means, as Mykhailiuk showed plenty of promise in his second season in 2019-20. He is now on a fully non-guaranteed deal for the upcoming season, and it will become guaranteed if he is not waived on or before November 21. That event seems remote, at best, and a trade would be more likely. The Pistons have nothing to lose though and they might as well see what they have in the 23-year-old Kansas product. Mykhailiuk stands to reach restricted free agency next summer after the 2020-21 season.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
November 17, 2020, 8:38 amDeividas SirvydisPG, Detroit Pistons
Hapoel Jerusalem has announced the departure of Deividas Sirvydis who will join the Pistons for their training camp.
The Lithuanian forward was the No. 37 in the 2019 NBA Draft. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds while making 43.9 percent of his shots and 38.3 percent of his 3-pointers last season in Lithuania. He is not a lock to make the Pistons’ roster and a return to Europe is possible.
November 16, 2020, 11:07 amBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
The Nets will acquire Bruce Brown from the Pistons in exchange for Dzanan Musa and a second-round pick.
It's a nice little upgrade for Brooklyn, who get a solid defender and capable secondary playmaker to support a win-now roster. It's a downgrade for Brown's fantasy prospects, as he won't have nearly as much responsibility as he did in Detroit. Look for him to focus on defense, with Brown likely to take on tougher guard matchups to spare Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert from spending too much energy on that side of the floor.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
November 15, 2020, 8:33 pmTony SnellSG, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons' Tony Snell is expected to exercise the $12 million player option in his contract, keeping him with the team for the 2020-21 season.
Snell is making a smart financial move here, considering the uncertainty floating around the 2020-21 season. He's currently not a target of consideration in fantasy drafts.
Source: James Edwards III on Twitter
November 12, 2020, 3:27 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
ESPN's Jonathan Givony lists the Bulls, Knicks and Pistons as teams that could potentially trade up with the Warriors for the No. 2 pick in the draft.
All three teams have been connected to LaMelo Ball, a presumed top-3 selection, and Ball certainly isn't a fit for the Warriors given their backcourt. Both Golden State and Minnesota have dangled the top two picks in trade talks and are simply waiting to see if another team blinks first in negotiations. The Dubs are said to want an immediate help in the frontcourt if they trade their pick.
November 6, 2020, 1:47 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
The Knicks are still targeting Christian Wood in free agency, per Ian Begley of SNY.
Wood blossomed into a fantasy stud once the Pistons traded Andre Drummond, and the Knicks were one of several teams to keep a close eye on the 25-year-old last season. The Pistons would reportedly like to bring Wood back but it's unclear if they're willing to be the top bidder if Wood's market heats up. The Knicks don't seem like a great landing spot given their depth up front, but Bobby Portis is on a team option and Taj Gibson has just $1 million of his salary guaranteed for next season, so they could clear the deck if need be.
November 6, 2020, 1:43 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (knee) will be ready for the start of next season, per Pistons GM Troy Weaver.
Griffin's been rehabbing and working out in LA but the Pistons have been keeping tabs on him and it looks as though he'll be 100% for December. Dwane Casey said that Griffin was totally recovered back in September so we're expecting Griffin to hit the ground running, even if Detroit imposes some restrictions on him. His ADP will be a fun one to track in draft season, as it's been a long, long time since we've seen Griffin on the court, and the Pistons appear to be on the cusp of a rebuild.
Source: Omari Sankofa on Twitter
November 5, 2020, 12:40 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Zach Lowe is hearing that the Pistons have telegraphed that they'd prefer to operate as a dumping ground for unwanted salaries while hoarding draft picks.
The Pistons are one of few teams with actual cap space available to sign impact players, but it looks like they'll be more patient in terms of a rebuild. They're operating from a position of relative strength given how few teams can take on large sums of money right now, so we'll see what the offseason holds in terms of transactions.
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