Chronicle news services Updated 10:24 pm PDT, Sunday, June 30, 2019 While Kevin Durant’s prospective move from the Warriors to the Nets was the biggest news on the first official day of NBA free agency Sunday, he was hardly the only big name to grab attention. Also headed to new teams are Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Al Horford and Malcolm Brogdon. Here are some of the other moves and deals Sunday: • A person with knowledge of the situation says that Walker has told the Celtics he will leave the Hornets to sign a four-year, $141 million contract to join Boston. The person also said that it’s likely that Walker will be part of a trade that would send Terry Rozier from Boston to Charlotte on a three-year, $58 million deal. Walker’s departure from the Hornets is a setback for Michael Jordan, who has a controlling interest of the team. In early June, Walker told The Athletic that returning to Charlotte was his “first priority.” • … [Read more...] about Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler among All-Stars on the move
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Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 7:50 PM EST Dec 6, 2018 Auburn Hills — For most of the first quarter of the season, the Pistons were able to avoid major injuries, riding the wave to a 13-7 record. The last two games have seen two critical injuries, with Ish Smith sustaining a right-groin strain on Wednesday night and Reggie Bullock’s lingering issues with his sprained left ankle from Monday’s loss to the Thunder. It’s affecting the Pistons’ backcourt depth, pushing Langston Galloway into the starting lineup and Jose Calderon and rookie Khyri Thomas into action off the bench. Thursday’s practice didn’t offer much good news, as Smith didn’t do much and Bullock did some light shooting following the workout. Smith was scheduled to have an MRI later in the afternoon and the status for both guards was unclear. Rookie Bruce Brown already had been getting some rotation minutes after Luke Kennard’s absence because of a shoulder … [Read more...] about Fortunate early, Pistons starting to deal with critical injuries
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
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 6:08 PM EST Nov 11, 2018 The Detroit Pistons were able to crush the Atlanta Hawks without scoring production from Blake Griffin. They couldn’t make it consecutive such outings Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena. The Charlotte Hornets, still angry over blown calls in Friday night’s loss at Philadelphia, took control in the second half on the way to a 113-103 victory. • Box score Two nights after scoring six points against the Hawks in a 15-point victory, Griffin scored 10 points on 4-for-16 shooting. Griffin was frustrated by no-calls during the game. He received a technical foul early, and was ejected with 7:06 remaining after receiving a flagrant-1 after a hard foul against the Hornets’ Malik Monk. Analysis: Jimmy Butler is off the market. Can Pistons land perimeter help? Andre Drummond had his fifth 20-20 game of the season with 23 points and 22 rebounds. But he was no match for Kemba Walker and Tony … [Read more...] about Blake Griffin ejected, Detroit Pistons blitzed by Hornets
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 4:52 PM EST Nov 10, 2018 This week's mailbag explores the trade market for shooting after the Detroit Pistons' poor start from behind the 3-point line. Pistons nation didn’t share Dwane Casey’s optimism. The fans weren’t buying it when the first-year coach expressed confidence that the many errant 3-point shots over the first nine games would start falling. And although the clamor for outside shooting help may have subsided during the current winning streak that has featured of 46 percent 3-point shooting from the four wing spots, it’s a safe bet more assurance is wanted. That begs the question from many fans: Can the Pistons upgrade their wing spots via the trade market? The better question? Can they shop for shooting upgrades? Depends on your Christmas wish list. The holiday is mentioned because next month marks the unofficial beginning of trade season since most free agents signed over the summer become … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons mailbag: Can team land wing player in trade?