May 8, 2019, 10:08 amWayne Ellington - G - 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 Jackson - G - 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 Griffin - F - 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: Mark Stein on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 1:20 pmBlake Griffin - F - 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 Drummond - C - 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 Griffin - F - 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 Jackson - G - 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.
April 22, 2019, 11:53 pmAndre Drummond - C - Detroit Pistons
Andre Drummond double-doubled with 15 points and 12 rebounds in addition to three assists and one steal in Monday's series finale vs. the Bucks.
Drummond made just 7-of-16 field goals as he was blocked at the rim multiple times and struggled to drop it in even when he wasn't. Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo didn't make it easy on him tonight, but Drummond did have a strong season that shouldn't be forgotten as next season's fantasy drafts roll around.
April 22, 2019, 11:45 pmLuke Kennard - G - Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard came off the bench on Monday night and scored just 11 points with one triple in 32 minutes.
Kennard had a pair of four-trey games to start the series, but he was mostly invisible in this one. There's still reason for optimism when Kennard enters his third season with the Pistons, especially if he can secure a consistant starting role.
April 22, 2019, 11:32 pmLangston Galloway - G - Detroit Pistons
Langston Galloway was very active as he compiled 10 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and two threes in 32 minutes off the bench on Monday, but it wasn't enough to keep the Pistons alive.
Galloway's spark helped the Pistons hold the lead for majority of the game, but the Bucks eventually outplayed them to complete the series sweep. He'll be back with the Pistons and likely won't be much more than an occasional threes streamer in standard leagues once again.
April 22, 2019, 7:27 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) is active for Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks, as expected.
Griffin was listed as probable but there was pretty much zero doubt about whether or not he'd play with Detroit facing elimination. We'll see if they can extend this series tonight, even with their best player clearly working at less than 100 percent health.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
April 21, 2019, 5:36 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Bucks.
Griffin returned for Game 3, Detroit's first home playoff game in three years, and looks good to go for Game 4. It's unlikely to help Detroit as the Bucks have been in full control of this series from the tip.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 20, 2019, 10:52 pmAndre Drummond - C - Detroit Pistons
Andre Drummond finished with a double-double in Saturday's 119-103 Game 4 loss to the Bucks, finishing with 12 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks in 30 minutes of action.
Despite the all-around stellar game from Drummond, he was a bit limited by foul trouble tonight. His efforts were put to waste as the Pistons drop a game at home and are now down 3-0 heading into their next matchup against the Bucks. With how things are shaping up, this looks like it will be a four-game sweep regardless if Drummond and Blake Griffin put up their usual numbers.
April 20, 2019, 10:48 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) started in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks, finishing with 27 points (10-of-24 from the field), two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals in 31 minutes.
Griffin played despite the previous reports that he'll miss the first round because of knee soreness that has been bothering him even before the playoffs started. He wanted to help out his squad but his team decided to not show up in a crucial match that made the Pistons fall 3-0 against the surging Bucks. Even with him back in the fold, Detroit went down by as much as 22 points in the third quarter on their home floor. The Bucks are obviously in control of the series and are looking to close it out in their next bout.
April 20, 2019, 10:42 pmLuke Kennard - G - Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard played 37 minutes in Saturday's loss against the Bucks, finishing with 9 points (4-of-9 from the field), seven rebounds and two assists.
It was weird to see a 3-point specialist not even attempt a single shot from beyond the arc. The Pistons need every support they could get outside Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond if they want to avoid a sweep from the Bucks. If Kennard continues to play like this, then it's easy to say that their next game will be their last for the year.