Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 AM EDT Jul 29, 2019 The first day of free agency brought a flurry of contract agreements totally more than $3 billion. That set the stage for an overheated market where 40% of the league’s workforce was on the market. The Detroit Pistons were bystanders when it came to big-ticket players, but used every means available to improve the roster. Lacking cap space and only armed with mid-level and biannual exceptions for free agency, the Pistons addressed needs with point guard Derrick Rose and big man Markieff Morris. They added a potential starter at small forward before free agency, trading for Tony Snell. The Pistons drafted forward Sekou Doumbouya, a talented top-10 prospect who fell to No. 15. The Pistons signed another point guard, Tim Frazier, for protection against the injury histories of Rose and Reggie Jackson. The Pistons added frontcourt depth by picking up big man Christian Wood off the waiver wire. Training camp is … [Read more...] about Where do Detroit Pistons stand after offseason of upheaval?
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Less than 18 months after the Sixers traded up to take Markelle Fultz out of Washington with the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the enigmatic guard may have played his last game in Philadelphia. And while it may not have been very long, what a strange, strange trip it's been.This week, Fultz took a trip to New York to see some specialists — and reportedly not only to examine his shoulder, but also to examine his wrist, something that came as a surprise to those who follow the team. Making the news even more concerning was the timing, as just one day earlier Fultz was pulled back from the scorer's table just before half and replaced by T.J. McConnell, never to be seen from again.The next morning, Fultz's agent was on the phone with Elton Brand, telling the Sixers general manager that his client wouldn't be playing or practicing until he had been examined by those previously mentioned specialists. Needless to say, that's led to a ton of speculation regarding … [Read more...] about What they’re saying: Markelle Fultz is probably done in Philly, but what could Sixers get back in a trade?
Throughout most of the first half against the Cavs on Black Friday, an appearance near the Sixers bench from Kendall Jenner was the most noteworthy thing about the game. That's less of a compliment to Jenner than it is an indictment of Philadelphia's first 24 minutes of play, with the Sixers sleepwalking through a game they appeared to believe could be taken for granted. But by allowing Cleveland to get some things going early, the Sixers opened the door for an embarrassing loss at home to Cleveland, the first home loss for Philly and the first road win for Cleveland of the season. All those cuts to the sideline of Jenner taking in the game in the first half just became fuel for the fire for people who believe in nonsense like the, "Kardashian Curse." Just one man's opinion, but if you're the sort of person who believes a family of good-looking women is unilaterally capable of draining the talent of every talented man in their orbit, I pity you and your dating history. Plus, there … [Read more...] about 5 reasons the Sixers’ loss to the Cavs can’t be blamed on Kendall Jenner
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 6:31 AM EST Nov 19, 2018 With a significant majority of teams playing .500 or better basketball, we still don’t have much clarity a month into the NBA season. Throw in the Golden State Warriors’ turmoil and you have a situation that makes it difficult to assess the league’s pecking order. But here is one attempt. (Records through Sunday night’s games) 30. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-12): Star player (Kevin Love) sidelined with an injury? Veterans on the trading block? The tank is on. 29. Atlanta Hawks (3-13): More interested in future draft picks than winning games. Still not like last season (yet), when nearly a third of league was tanking. 28. New York Knicks (4-13): Team president Scott Perry isn’t the tanking type, but the youth movement is on with an eye toward 2019 free agency. 27. Phoenix Suns (3-12): Rookie center DeAndre Ayton is impressing and quickly developing chemistry with Devin Booker. … [Read more...] about NBA power rankings: Golden State Warriors drop from No. 1
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 8:17 PM EST Nov 11, 2018 Detroit — Stanley Johnson was living his best life and having one of the best offensive games of his career as the Pistons dominated the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Johnson finished with a season-high 22 points, flashing the versatile skill set that most Pistons fans thought he could have achieved a couple seasons ago. He made four 3-pointers, drove the lane and was a menace on defense with three steals. He had 13 points — with three 3-pointers — in Wednesday’s win at Orlando. On Sunday, he followed with four points on 2-of-9 shooting, going 0-for-3 on 3-pointers. That’s where the frustration sets in: looking for Johnson to be more consistent over the course of multiple games on both ends of the court. With his move to the reserve group, Johnson has been able to handle the ball more, create driving lanes and finish in the paint, which is more open with Andre Drummond and … [Read more...] about Rod Beard: Stanley Johnson settles into reserve role for Detroit Pistons