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  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown Jr. (left knee contusion) was able to practice in full on Thursday.

    Brown has missed the last four games but appears on track for a return in the near future. The Pistons have a back-to-back that starts on Saturday and Brown can be considered questionable until we learn more. He will likely see an increase in value with the absence of Derrick Rose (ankle) and Luke Kennard (knee) but the backcourt did get a little bit more crowded yesterday with the addition of Jordan McRae.

    Source: James Edwards III

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Dwane Casey told reporters on Tuesday that Luke Kennard (bilateral knee soreness) will miss at least one more week.

    This is not the news that owners who grabbed Kennard off waivers recently were hoping for. Kennard recently said that he was pain-free and the team was initially targeting this week for a potential return, so maybe they are opting for more practice time. If Kennard can return early next week, there will be a sizable role for him right of the rip with Derrick Rose missing at least two more weeks with a Grade 2 ankle sprain. Bruce Brown, Svi Mykhailuk and Jordan Bone should see additional run and usage in the meantime.

    Source: Rod Beard on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Luke Kennard (bilateral knee soreness) states he is pain free, and eyes a return to the court in the near future.

    Kennard has been out since mid-December with issues in both knees but a return to contact practice drills, he says, is “definitely coming up very soon – very soon.” With nothing to play for the Pistons are being very cautious with Kennard’s eventual return. Once back in the lineup, Kennard will instantly be one of the top offensive threats for the Pistons. He was averaging 15.8 points while shooting 39.9% from behind the arc before he went down with the injury.

    Source: Keith Langlois for NBA.com

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey mentioned on Tuesday that Luke Kennard (bilateral knee soreness) could potentially return to the lineup when the team returns from their western road trip.

    The Pistons have home games on March 4th against the Thunder and March 7th against the Jazz. If Kennard could suit up for one of these games, it would give him a week or two before the fantasy playoffs start, depending on your league's schedule. It's worth looking to stash him on your bench or an IR spot if you have the room and aren't fighting for a playoff spot.

    Source: Rod Beard on Twitter

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown Jr. approached a triple-double on Thursday, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes.

    Brown went off in garbage time against the Bucks in this one and played more minutes than starting guards Derrick Rose and Svi Mykhaliuk. The wide margin may have played a factor in Rose's 23 minutes. Rose had 12 points in those 23 minutes, while Mykhaliuk struggled and had seven points in 29 minutes. All three of these guards are kind of doing some musical chairs on a night-to-night basis but they may all be late-round plays in deep leagues with some upside. We'll have to monitor how this rotation shakes out especially when Luke Kennard is healthy.

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Luke Kennard (bilateral knee soreness) will not play on Thursday.

    Kennard's timetable is still unclear, but Reggie Jackson's buyout should give him added value when he rejoins the Pistons. Kennard has enjoyed his finest season to date in compiling 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Reggie Jackson
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Reggie Jackson reportedly has his sights set on joining the Clippers after reaching a buyout agreement with the Pistons on Tuesday.

    The Clippers were among the favorites to land Darren Collison before he decided to stay retired. Jackson has been playing well for fantasy teams lately, but this is obviously a massive blow to his fantasy value. Jackson will compete with Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet for guard minutes moving forward. Bruce Brown Jr., Svi Mykhailuk, Derrick Rose and possibly Luke Kennard (knee) all stand to benefit with additional minutes and usage with Jackson now gone. It is worth searching the waiver wire to see if any of the Pistons guards are on your league's waiver wire.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Derrick Rose (adductor strain) and Svi Mykhailiuk (right hip strain) will both play and come off the bench for Wednesday's matchup vs. the Magic.

    Both players will be returning to action for the last game before the All-Star break. They both have missed five consecutive games. With their return, Reggie Jackson and Bruce Brown Jr. could lose some minutes and see their fantasy values decline. This will definitely be a situation to monitor after the All-Star break as the team is still waiting for the return of Luke Kennard. Kennard is expected to play sometime after the All-Star break. Rose is the only player out of the four that is worth starting in standard leagues.

    Source: Rod Beard on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the trade discussions between Phoenix and Detroit for Luke Kennard have 'reached an impasse'.

    Kennard may still be traded before the deadline, although it looks like it won't be to Phoenix. Kennard should have standard-league value when he returns from injury if he's still on the Pistons. Even if he is traded he will likely be going to a team that values him and would play him enough minutes to carve out standard-league value. Kennard is worth stashing in standard leagues if he is available.

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Luke Kennard (bilateral knee soreness) has once again been ruled out of Wednesday's contest with the Suns.

    With the trade rumors picking up and Kennard apparently being made available in trade talks, we still would not expect to see him suit up again for the Pistons before the All-Star break. He may have a new team by Thursday's trade deadline. If you have him stashed away in an injury spot, do not make any decisions before the deadline.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Suns and Pistons have been discussing a Luke Kennard deal that could include Jevon Carter, Elie Okobo and a first-round pick.

    Since Kennard has been out for a month and a half, this rumored package wouldn't be freeing up any Pistons players, but instead adding a few more guards. And Kennard wouldn't likely have any more opportunity with the crowded wing situation in Phoenix.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    James Edwards III of The Athletic reports that Luke Kennard (bilateral knee soreness) has been made available in trade talks.

    Kennard is a young-ish, deadeye shooter who comes in at a reasonabble $5.2 million salary for next year. The inclusion of Kennard into a possible blockbuster deal is intended to make the package more palatable for any team trying to trade for Andre Drummond, who is set to become a free agent this offseason after he declines his player option. Kennard's knee issues have been well documented this season and the emergence of Svi Mykhailiuk likely made the former Blue Devil expendable, but Detroit has a few more viable trade candidates ahead of him to consider moving, plus it would be difficult to move a player currently rehabbing from knee tendinitis. The Pistons have some of the more exciting second-half breakout candidates in the league in Svi, Christian Wood and Bruce Brown, so file this report away and be ready to pounce if and when a trade happens.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Dwane Casey stated that Luke Kennard (bilateral knee soreness) may be unavailable until after the All-Star break.

    Kennard has been sidelined since mid-December. He was having a career season with 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game prior to getting injured. Hopefully Kennard will return at full health when he is finally available.

    Source: James Edwards III on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Luke Kennard (bilateral knee soreness) is listed as out for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls and no update on his status has been provided.

    Kennard was set to miss "at least two weeks" with his knee soreness, but he hit that mark two days ago and we've yet to receive news of a re-evaluation or a possible return date. He is hard to hold in leagues without an IL spot, but he was a top-65 player at the beginning of the season with Blake Griffin out and he would be in good position to match that production on this offensively challenged Pistons' roster. Keep him in the backs of your minds.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Luke Kennard will miss at least the next two weeks as he continues to deal with bilateral knee tendinitis.

    We had long suspected that something else was up with Kennard's knee, since he had seen no improvement from back when the soreness first appeared over the summer. He's been diagnosed with tendinitis, which isn't all that serious for players as young as Kennard, and the team has finally designed a treatment plan. That bodes well for his availability later on in the season. Still, this is a downer for a player who had been in the midst of a breakout season. He's a drop in standard leagues without IL slots, but keep monitoring his status.

    Source: Eric Woodyard on Twitter