June 18, 2020, 3:43 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have hired Troy Weaver as their new GM.
Weaver was previously the VP of Basketball Operations with the Thunder. Detroit liked Weaver's reputation as a strong identifier of talent and that is going to be critical for a team that has trouble attracting marquee free agents. Weaver's input reportedly played a large role in OKC's selection of Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka in the past. Among Weaver's early decisions will be a possible new contract for Christian Wood, as well as whether the Pistons want to try and build around Blake Griffin or truly tear the team down to the studs to rebuild.
June 14, 2020, 8:41 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard said he is fully recovered from bilateral knee soreness, and he is ready to return to the floor whenever the Pistons can play again.
Kennard was on the verge of returning when the season came to an abrupt stoppage in action. Kennard was having a productive campaign with career-highs with 15.8 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 3-pointers per game. Kennard had expanded his game as a scorer and playmaker in this third year, but injuries limited him to just 28 games, and he gives close to zero in steals (0.4) and blocks (0.2). Taking those negatives into account, he could be a darkhorse candidate towards the end of 12-team drafts. Kennard has the opportunity to improve his game further and the Pistons don't have many reliable offensive options. Kennard is one of their few assets that can be part of a rebuild.
Source: Detroit Free Press
June 11, 2020, 5:43 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee) has yet to hit 100% activity but has been doing on-court work since May and feels like he's ready for full intensity workouts.
Griffin said he had fully recovered from knee surgery back in mid May, so this isn't too surprising. At this point it's fair to assume that the COVID-19 pandemic has been keeping Griffin from ramping things back up as opposed to his body. Still, the injury risk is significant, and Griffin may have to shoulder a heavier burden than ever on the rebuilding Pistons next season. Just a few things to keep in mind for those of you already looking ahead to next year's fantasy drafts.
Source: James Edwards III on Twitter
June 3, 2020, 4:39 pmDerrick RosePG, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons announced that they plan to reopen team facilities on Thursday, allowing voluntary individual workouts while following all the social-distancing guidelines.
Although the Pistons' season is likely over as they are not one of the 22 teams that will continue to play if the Board of Governors vote to ratify the plan on Thursday, this will allow players to stay in shape for the 2020-21 season which is expected to start in December.
Source: James Edwards III
May 15, 2020, 3:37 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown underwent surgery to repair a ligament in his thumb in late April, but he will be ready to play whenever the NBA suspension is lifted.
Brown has had an up-and-down season overall, but with the Pistons having little incentive to push for victories, he is likely to have a sizeable role when play resumes. Brown has the ability to do a little bit of everything, and the Pistons have few goto options to dominate the offense. He has a decent shot improve on his numbers once he is able to return to the court.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
May 12, 2020, 12:57 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January, said that he has fully recovered.
Griffin was a shell of himself, battling through injury in the games that he did suit up for this season. He won't return for the 2019/20 season when he is healthy after the Pistons were granted a $9.2 million player exception in late January, but it looks as though he will get in a full off-season of work in preparation for the 2020/21 season.
Source: M Live
May 4, 2020, 2:54 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard (bilateral knee soreness) might have been able to return to the Pistons' next game before the season was suspended.
Kennard practiced in full at the start of March and was eyeing a March 14 matchup with the Raptors for a possible return. He was a top-100 per-game player this season thanks to averages of 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.6 threes per game on .442 from the field and .893 from the line. A boost in playing time really helped Kennard out and he has the looks of someone who can fly under the radar in the later rounds of drafts going forward, especially as the Pistons retool to build around some of their younger talent.
March 25, 2020, 6:37 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Christian Wood has fully recovered from the coronavirus, according to James Edwards III.
Wood only showed the mildest of symptoms prior to the NBA season being suspended two weeks ago. The NBA has chosen to suspend play in the hopes that the virus will not spread as quickly. It is still unclear when the NBA will resume or if they will even play out the rest of the regular season. However, it is a good sign to see people recovering from the virus and the hope is that we stop seeing players who contract the illness.
Source: James Edwards III on Twitter
March 17, 2020, 1:35 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Ian Begley of SNY is reporting that some inside the Knicks front office are "enamored" with pending free agent Christain Wood.
The Knicks overhauled there frontcourt last offseason with the additions of Juluis Randle, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson joining Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox. The Knicks have since traded Morris and can decline Portis' 2020-21 team option if needed. Wood and the Knicks would make an interesting pairing, but this would once again curb the upside of Mitchell Robinson.
Source: Sports New York
March 14, 2020, 8:24 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, Pistons big man Christian Wood has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Wood is the latest NBA player to test positive for the virus. He is reported to be symptom-free and is doing well. Wood was in the midst of a breakout month following the NBA trade deadline, regularly setting new career-highs. For now, everyone has to take these news bits in stride. He might not be the last NBA player to come out as positive but rest assured that teams and the league as a whole is doing everything it can to work towards the protection of all its players, coaches and staff.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 10:15 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Christian Wood scored a career-high 32 points on 14-of-18 shooting with seven rebounds, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on Wednesday.
Wood exploded for a monster stat line and the 1-of-4 free throw shooting was the only negative for him tonight. Wood's two blocks came against Joel Embiid and he put up an admirable fight against one of the best centers in the league.
March 11, 2020, 10:08 pmThon MakerC, Detroit Pistons
Thon Maker started and scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with two 3-pointers and one block in 17 minutes on Wednesday.
Maker got the start with John Henson (left ankle sprain) sitting out and was limited by foul trouble. He was able to still bring the blocks and threes in limited minutes.
March 11, 2020, 9:28 pmSvi MykhailiukSF, Detroit Pistons
Svi Mykhailiuk scored 16 points on 4-of-13 shooting with two rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers and two steals in 24 minutes on Wednesday.
Bruce Brown Jr. (right ankle sprain) sat out tonight which allowed Mykhailiuk to get more usage. He hasn't played over 26 minutes in each of the past four games and is just a points and threes streamer in 14-team leagues with low upside.
March 11, 2020, 6:55 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown will not suit up against the Sixers on Wednesday as he deals with a sprained right ankle.
With Brown sidelined, look for Brandon Knight to slide into the starting lineup and run the offense. Brown's next opportunity to play will be on Saturday against the Sixers.
Source: Rod Beard on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 3:41 pmJohn HensonPF, Detroit Pistons
As expected, John Henson will sit out of Wednesday's contest vs. the Sixers as he continues to deal with a sprained left ankle.
Head coach Dwane Casey told the media on Tuesday that he expects Henson to miss some time with his most recent injury. Henson has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career and has lost fantasy relevance this season with his most recent injury. Thon Maker and Sekou Doumbouya should continue to see more minutes while Henson is sidelined. Christian Wood will continue to be the stud in the Pistons' frontcourt moving forward.
Source: NBA Injury Report