September 24, 2020, 7:37 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard says that he's been playing a lot of point guard in the Pistons' bubble camp.
This isn't super surprising considering that Dwane Casey hinted at Kennard handling some PG work in the lead up to last season. With Reggie Jackson gone, the Pistons only have Derrick Rose and some rising sophomores as the PG types on the current roster. Rose definitely operates more as a scorer than an initiator, and if anyone is going to challenge Kennard for more traditional distribution work it might be Bruce Brown. Brown is the player who did a lot of the ball-handling last year and seemed to do well with the opportunity. It's also possible that the Pistons roll with Rose, Brown and Kennard all running the offense at times and eschew a traditional point guard completely. We're a long ways off from next season but Kennard has middle-round potential, so his deployment is something to watch out for.
Source: James Edwards on Twitter
July 10, 2020, 6:13 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard's role greatly increased in year three with the Pistons, as he grew into a top-100/101 per-game player (8-cat/9-cat) on the back of 15.8 points, 4.1 assists, 2.6 treys and .893 shooting from the line.
The Pistons were ready to hand the reins to Kennard, and he was able to deliver when healthy. However, he only appeared in 28 games, which is reflected in his 252/248 total value (8-cat/9-cat). Kennard should be fully healed form bilateral knee soreness when next season arrives, but even if one projects him taking on a larger offensive role for the Pistons, it's difficult to target him before the later rounds with so many injury questions surrounding him. Moreover, nonexistent steal (0.4) and block (0.2) averages limit the upside to be found in Kennard.
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
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 5, 2020, 3:57 pmBruce BrownSG, 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
March 3, 2020, 2:05 pmLuke KennardSG, 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
March 2, 2020, 11:50 amLuke KennardSG, 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
February 25, 2020, 3:36 pmLuke KennardSG, 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
February 20, 2020, 9:50 pmBruce BrownSG, 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.
February 19, 2020, 2:04 pmLuke KennardSG, 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
February 18, 2020, 4:46 pmReggie JacksonPG, 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
February 12, 2020, 5:49 pmDerrick RosePG, 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
February 5, 2020, 8:04 pmLuke KennardSG, 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.
February 4, 2020, 11:29 pmLuke KennardSG, 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
February 4, 2020, 12:52 amLuke KennardSG, 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