HoopsHype Andre Drummond rumors

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The Pistons have aggressively remade their roster since the end of last season, highlighted by the acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings. One guaranteed contract shy of the league's limit of 15, Detroit is said to be intrigued by the veteran know-how Collins possesses and views him as a potential insurance signing in support of its two blossoming big men: Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Leaguewide interest in the veteran center has nonetheless been somewhat tepid during the first six weeks of NBA free agency, sources said, but that was not wholly unexpected given Collins' recent play. ESPN.com

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Being enamored with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t anything new for the Pistons, but the two sides aren’t likely to embark on a trade any time soon. The Boston Globe reported the Pistons offered guard Brandon Knight and an expiring contract — either Rodney Stuckey or Charlie Villanueva, as cap relief — for Rondo, who’s recovering from an ACL tear. The Celtics would want Andre Drummond, who’s obviously not available and won’t be, and the Pistons want to see how the frontcourt of Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith play together before making any deals to drastically alter their foundation. Detroit News

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Perhaps his most challenging order of business will be helping Drummond develop a low-post offensive game. "Well, we're going to get on that," Wallace said. "That's what we're working on. That's why Mo brought me aboard. You know, he's still young, he's still raw, he's depending on his athleticism a lot -- which, to tell you the truth, a lot of 19-year-olds do. But the thing that I think will get 'Dre over, he's not one of those 'I know' guys, like everything you tell them, they're like, 'I know, I know.' No, 'Dre, he's a sponge. He sucks it up. He might not like it but he doesn't complain about 'I've got to do this,' or, 'I've got to do that.'" Booth Newspapers

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Pistons big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe are among the players invited to USA Basketball’s July minicamp. The organization announced the 27-man roster this afternoon that includes the past two rookies of the year in point guards Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard. The invite is considered a possible steppingstone for players to represent the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup in Madrid and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s an honor to be invited to participate in the Team USA camp along with this group of great young players,” Drummond said in the team release. “I’m looking forward to the experience and hope to learn from it.” Detroit Free Press

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