HoopsHype Austin Daye rumors

March 1, 2012 Updates

The Pistons haven't been actively shopping either, but Daye's youth and Bynum's ability to be a sparkplug off the bench can be attractive to many teams. What's more, they're cheap. Bynum makes $3.5 million while Daye makes slightly less than $2 million. Neither has asked out but it doesn't appear they'd be shocked to get that call. "I don't really care, it doesn't matter where (I play)," Bynum said. "Could be Africa, L.A., Orlando, I don't care for the business. "Am I worried? Nah, all I do is control how I work, and I'm waiting for my opportunity." Bynum has bounced around the NBA, while the Pistons are the only NBA team Daye knows. "Not really 'worry,'" said Daye, the Pistons' first-round pick in 2009. "If they want to put me in a different situation, I can't worry about it. The only way you can control it is it you're playing really well, but if you're not …" Detroit News

January 24, 2012 Updates

A scout for an NBA Western Conference team happened into the breakfast room at the hotel this morning, one day after the Detroit Pistons put up one of their worst performances of the season in a 99-79 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder which, proverbially, wasn't as close as the final score indicated. And the final score indicated it was pretty lousy. Asked which Pistons players his team might be interested in, if something could be done before the trade deadline, the scout gave a predictable answer: “The same two everybody is interested in.” That would be first-year point guard Brandon Knight and second-year big man Greg Monroe, the cornerstones of the rebuilding process, and the two Pistons presumed to be absolute untouchables. Booth Newspapers

Then, an addendum. Austin Daye holds some appeal, too, the scout said. Needs to work on his body and his game hasn't come around yet. But there is potential there. And there it is, the real concern in Detroit, about the possibility of giving up on Daye too soon, barring the possibility that Daye gives up first. Booth Newspapers

January 20, 2012 Updates

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank talked to Daye about playing better defense and sinking down and helping the bigs when they are posted up. He appears lost on defense. Daye lacks the foot speed to keep up with shooting guards and the strength to fend off people when he is posted up. Frank showed Daye his weaknesses during a film study. Now it is up to him. "Yes, he is showing me things I can get better at," Daye said. "But I also have to get better at team defense. We are not stopping anybody anyway. I have to be a spark on the defensive end also because we are giving up 100-something points." Detroit News

Prince shares tidbits of wisdom with Daye, including telling him to rest the bum ankle. However, Prince might be part of the problem. Daye was expected to start at big guard or small forward, but his minutes went to Prince when he signed a four-year deal before the season began. "Austin has had a tough time," Prince said. "For one, coaches are trying to put him in a position to make plays. He is forcing things and making turnovers. His minutes dropped a bit and then he turned his ankle. I don't know if you saw his ankle. It is black and blue. It is just bad for him now. Obviously he is a player who can help us and can help us spread the floor." Detroit News

January 18, 2012 Updates

It was just another ordinary flight for the Pistons on Monday afternoon. That is until as the team plane taxied down the runway at Hobby International and passengers noticed emergency vehicles following beside the plane. Even then players didn't realize a minor occurrence became big news when a local television station reported a hydraulic issue forced emergency personnel to greet the plane. Basically the plane flew fine and landed smoothly. The problem was the plane couldn't turn right, so the pilot alerted the ground. Austin Daye says he didn't know it was news until he was in the chair at a Houston barbershop. "Quite frankly, we were all shocked," coach Lawrence Frank said. "We all got a hundred texts asking were we all right, but no one knew." Detroit Free Press

January 17, 2012 Updates

The lack of practice can also affect guys in extended slumps or players who want to work themselves back into the playing rotation. Both of those describe forward Austin Daye , who has yet to find any type of rhythm. "Austin not being a part of the rotation," Frank said. "Every day he has an opportunity to work. Hey, this is survival of the fittest." Detroit News

A natural shooter, Daye hasn't made a 3-pointer and is shooting 20 percent from the field. When Frank was referring to his team thinking too much instead of reacting last week, Daye could've been top of mind. "He's had situations where he's shot-faked himself out of a shot," Frank said. "I don't care if he misses every shot. Just play hard, compete. If you do make a mistake, move onto the next play." Detroit News

November 24, 2011 Updates

Viktor Bychkov, director of Khimki Moscow, announced that the contract of Austin Daye won't be renewed, as reported by Sports.ru. The forward signed with the Russian team a two-month contract who is now expiring. Sportando

November 14, 2011 Updates

Austin Daye: ppl do ur research understand both sides then express ur opinion!! Are jobs are only as secure as are youth remember that! Twitter

November 10, 2011 Updates

Austin Daye (@Adaye5) is leaving Khimki - coach Rimas Kurtinaitis told Sports.ru that the 2-month contract won't be extended Twitter

Austin Daye: I have no idea where it’s going to go. I’m just hoping the union can come together and find a solution to this problem. I’m a supporter of the union, I believe strongly that they are doing all the right things. Right now D-Fish [Derek Fisher] is working his butt off to get a deal done. There is so much pressure on him and hearing the comments Jerry Stackhouse was making kind of hurt. I know D-Fish is working real hard for the best interests of the players. I know Billy Hunter is trying to do the same thing. As far as the owners go, I understand, it’s a business. Hopefully they can understand that we have helped build this game back to having a great image. The last couple of years our stock has been rising and more people are watching. HoopsHype

Did Stackhouse’s comments surprise you, especially the timing and tone? Austin Daye: The timing did. Jerry Stackhouse is a smart guy. But it’s not like D-Fish is making my fourth year deal or out there getting my extension. It comes down to how you play, regardless. Everyone knows that. Some guys get overpaid, but they worked to get overpaid and it’s a general manager who decided to pay them that money. It comes down to having a great general manager who knows what he’s doing and having a great system within your organization to build a winner. HoopsHype

So your contract is only for two months. If the NBA season is canceled, will you stay there? Austin Daye: I’m not sure. It’s up in the air. We need to see if the team would want to extend, if not it would be my choice to come home. I’m kind of eager to come home and work out with my trainer in Los Angeles. It all depends on playing time as well. I came to help a team with a player that was hurt and now that he’s coming back, I’m getting less minutes, which I understand. I knew that was part of the process. HoopsHype

Have you seen many people of color in Moscow? Austin Daye: There’s not a whole lot of diversity. When I go to the mall, I definitely get some stares. But when I go to the mall in Detroit, I get stares too because I’m 6-11. But I get some stares out here that are kinda like ‘whoa’. It all comes with the territory. HoopsHype

How have you kept in touch with your family and up to speed regarding news about the lockout? Austin Daye: Skype is the only thing I got. I’m on here all day. I try to go online to ESPN, HoopsHype, NBA.com to keep up with the lockout. There’s no TV. Unless you can get English channels, it’s not even worth it. I’ve got my PlayStation 3 and a bunch of DVDs. HoopsHype

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