HoopsHype Andre Drummond rumors

October 16, 2013 Updates

"Whenever you take a raw, young player, there's a risk to it," Dumars said. "I don't know if you can ever eliminate the risk of taking young big men. I just think you have to have faith that if you take a young big and it doesn't work out, I don't think you can be gun-shy about the next young big that comes along, like an Andre. There's no foolproof method to this. There's no exact science to this. We saw Andre and the thought of not taking him because Darko didn't work out never entered the equation. Not even remotely. It's a part of this business." Grantland

"He's always asking questions," Cheeks said. "Even before practice, he'll come in and see me and we'll talk about certain things that he can do to get better at. I think he has some knowledge in terms of where he wants to get to in terms of his ability. Most guys like that can reach another level — he has that ability." Grantland

October 15, 2013 Updates

Having Rasheed Wallace’s voice in your head while taking free throws doesn’t seem like the type of anecdote that yields positive results, but Andre Drummond’s improvement can be traced to Wallace’s “three points” of emphasis. Drummond is guarding those tips given by the Pistons’ new assistant coach as a precious commodity. “It’s a little thing me and him came up with to help me focus when I get to the line,” Drummond said. “I can’t tell you that. That’s between he and I.” Detroit News

October 1, 2013 Updates

Interesting exchange when the subject of Nickelodeon star Jeannette McCurdy was brought up to Andre Drummond, whom Drummond courted for a date via twitter in the offseason. The two have chronicled their dates and interactions via social media this summer. “I thought we were talking basketball, but I had no idea it would be this big. I was really excited that it happened,” Drummond said. “She’s adorable!” a reporter said. “Yes, she is.” “Is she a Pistons fan already?” “Yeah, she is.” Detroit News

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Andre Drummond turned 20 this month and now he’s starting to flex his leadership muscles. Seeing the dividends that spending much of the summer before his rookie season working out in Auburn Hills under Pistons assistant coaches yielded, he urged the three 2013 draftees to show up early, as well. “I got Peyton (Siva) to come to town, Tony’s (Mitchell) coming in the next day or two and Kentavious (Caldwell-Pope), too,” Drummond said. “I’m making sure all the rookies come in. Last year, I was here real early. I’m like, ‘You guys need to get here early. Just because you made it to the league, don’t think you can come back when all the veterans come back.’ ” After Siva experienced his first brisk workout, he acknowledged to Drummond that he felt winded and was happy to have the six weeks until training camp opens to acclimate. “And I told him, ‘It’s only going to get worse. As soon as training camp comes, it’s running times 10.’ So I’m glad to have him out here with me and the other rookies will be here soon, too.” NBA.com

August 19, 2013 Updates

Andre Drummond soaks up a little knowledge from Rasheed Wallace every day they spend together. One of the most searing lessons so far: Don’t engage him in a game of H-O-R-S-E. “I played with him the other day – it wasn’t fun,” Drummond grinned after a Monday workout. What did coach Wallace throw at his prodigy? “Everything. The little side corner shot with his feet against the out-of-bounds line. The shot from the track line (that runs behind the basket), over the hoop, made it in. And then the two-ball thing. He’s a natural. I don’t know why I did it to myself. I have no idea why I did it.” NBA.com

“I’ve picked up a lot of different tricks just being with him,” Drummond said. “We’re not doing anything drastic as of yet. Right now, he’s just telling me he’s going to keep it simple since it’s so early but at the end of the season you’ll see something a lot different than at the beginning. He’s said, ‘You’re one of the fastest bigs I’ve ever seen and your feet are really good, light on your feet, and you move really well, so the moves I show you, you should do 10 times faster than I did.’ So I’m excited for what’s coming.” NBA.com

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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

July 29, 2013 Updates
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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

July 5, 2013 Updates

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