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2012 Team Previews: Detroit Pistons

In Season Previews on October 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

Detroit Pistons

Starting Lineup

  • PG – Brandon Knight
  • OG – Rodney Stuckey
  • SF – Tayshaun Prince
  • PF – Jason Maxiell
  • C  – Greg Monroe

A weak starting lineup. Not sure who’ll get the nod at PF yet but I’ll go with Maxiell for now. A good starting center and small forward. A serviceable starting two guard and two liabilities at PG and PF. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stuckey Putting In Work

In General NBA on August 29, 2012 at 7:49 am

Always nice to hear about players having a great summer developing their games

Nobody has been more diligent or more present at the practice facility all off-season than Stuckey. A series of nagging injuries – foot, groin, hamstring, all on the same side of his body, likely brought about because Stuckey had virtually no training camp while negotiating as a free agent – dampened what otherwise was the best of his five NBA seasons.

Frank’s approach to the game brought out the best in Stuckey. Stuckey loved that Frank gave the team a long leash offensively as long as they defended to his expectations. Read the rest of this entry »

Trade: Ben Gordon for Corey Maggette

In Trade Talk on June 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

ESPN reports

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Ben Gordon and a 2013 protected first-round draft pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for swingman Corey Maggette.

Sources told ESPN.com the first-round pick going to Charlotte is lottery-protected in 2013, top-eight protected in 2014, top-one protected in 2015 and unprotected in 2016.

The deal provides significant long-term savings for the Pistons. Maggette is in the last year of his contract that pays him $10.9 million during the 2012-13 season.

Gordon has two years, $25.6 million left on his contract, giving the Pistons a long-term savings of $14 million. Read the rest of this entry »

Brandon Knight’s Infectous Personality

In General NBA on February 20, 2012 at 5:55 am

Interesting article in the Detroit News about Brandon Knight’s personality’s positive influence in the Pistons locker room and on Rodney Stuckey in particular.

Knight seems to have lit something inside Stuckey — in a positive way. He readily admits Knight has had an effect on him.

“It’s a different atmosphere than in the past couple years, everything’s positive, everyone’s just trying to get better,” Stuckey said after Saturday’s practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Game Time – 26/12/2012

In Game Log / Recap on December 27, 2011 at 5:26 am

Thoughts on a few games

Detroit vs Indiana

Pistons Frontcourt

Greg Monroe gets into foul trouble early in the game so Lawrence Frank goes to his bench and brings in Jason Maxiell. So at this point, the Pistons are going with Jason Maxiell (center vs R.Hibbert) and Jonas Jerebko (big forward vs D.West) … man, the Pistons are going to get killed in the paint, again, this season.

Jerebko clearly looks over-matched physically in the post against David West early on. Not convinced about those reports of added weight / muscle / power. Jerebko does look more fluid offensively and comfortable/confident in his ball-handling though.  Read the rest of this entry »

Pistons Re-Sign Stuckey

In Free Agency on December 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski tweets

Rodney Stuckey has agreed to a 3 year, $25 deal to stay with Pistons, league source confirms to Y!

Good signing for Detroit.

Stuckey has shown himself to be a solid starting PG or a high level backup combo guard. In either role, he is worth around $6 million a year. Paying a bit extra, $8 million, for potential in only a medium term contract (3 years) is a good risk-reward option for the Pistons.

Pistons Buyout Rip Hamilton, Joins Chicago Bulls

In Free Agency on December 15, 2011 at 3:43 am

First the buyout, ESPN reports

The Detroit Pistons finalized what has been a formality, cutting ties with three-time All-Star Richard Hamilton.

Detroit made the move Monday after both sides agreed to terms of a buyout.

Hamilton was due to make $19 million guaranteed over the final two years of his contract in Detroit. He was bought out for $11 million, saving the rebuilding team $4 million in cap space this year and $4 million more next season.

And now the signing, the Chicago Tribune reports

Hamilton, who cleared waivers at 1 p.m., came to the Berto Center late Wednesday night to tour the building and sign his contract. He will be unveiled at Thursday’s practice. As reported since Sunday, the deal is guaranteed for two years and $10 million. Read the rest of this entry »

Pistons Buyout Rip Hamilton

In Free Agency on December 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Vincent Goodwill reports via Twitter

Source confirms: #Pistons buyout of Richard Hamilton in the neighborhood of $8 million. Which is why no Amnesty Clause. $11M in savings Read the rest of this entry »

Pistons Re-Sign Jerebko

In Free Agency on December 9, 2011 at 6:44 am

Justin Rodgers of MLive.com reports

A Pistons team source also confirmed forward Jonas Jerebko has agreed to re-sign with Detroit for four years.  His deal is valued at $18 million.

“I’m very happy to be back in The Palace and to play for the Detroit Pistons,” Jerebko wrote in a statement on his official website. “Can’t wait to step on the floor again and show all the Detroit fans that I’m back. It’s been a long summer and I’m ready to play. Very happy to be a Piston for the next four years and more to come”

Jerebko, a restricted free agent, missed the entire 2010-11 season with an Achilles tendon tear sustained in the Pistons preseason opener. As a rookie the season before, he started 73 games, averaging 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Analysis

A little pricey but you are paying for potential so in that light it is okay.

During Jerebko’s first season, I thought he only proved himself to be an 8th or 9th man utility player kind of talent. Not that he wasn’t capable of doing more down the road but, in terms of current ability, that is where he stood at the time. Jerebko struggled physically to matchup against many of the bigger PFs in the league and wasn’t skilled enough offensively for major minutes at SF.

However, there have been a litter of glowing reports about how well Jerebko has looked in pickup games and in training sessions over the last few weeks and months. Many have commented on his much improved physique as well as his improved guard-skills (ball-handling, passing, jump shooting).

So hopefully, when all is said and done, Jerebko will have improved enough to make this (slightly) pricey deal look like a bargain.

I know one for sure, I am not betting against him. Good signing.

Pistons Re-up Prince

In Free Agency on December 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski reports

Tayshaun Prince will sign a four-year, $27 million-plus contract to stay with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

For the Pistons, convincing Prince to re-sign was the franchise’s No. 1 priority, and something of a coup considering the tumultuous past two seasons for him and the longstanding core of veteran players. With the market for starting small forwards thinning, the Pistons would’ve been in a bind had Prince decided to leave. Read the rest of this entry »