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November 23, 2014 Updates

As for the pre-Thanksgiving version of the perpetual who-stays, who-goes game, the Pistons still have the opportunity to pay Monroe more than any other team on the open market. Money talks. So does turning down a lot of it, which Monroe did this year for the right to be a 2015 unrestricted free agent. Someone will back up the armored truck for him and it probably won't be Detroit. Booth Newspapers

If Jerebko keeps playing like he is now, he very well may want to consider staying. He is a range-shooting power forward who runs the floor and screens and moves the ball well, which checks a lot of Van Gundy's boxes, as well as several traits the Pistons lack otherwise. Jerebko's resurgence as a rotation force is one of the good stories in a bad start. Keeping him might be an option if it suits both parties. Booth Newspapers

Singler can be a restricted free agent next summer. I would expect him to remain in Detroit beyond this season, best guess, but we'll see what happens on the open market. He'll get paid but it won't be outrageous and the Pistons can match any offer. Booth Newspapers

November 22, 2014 Updates

Brandon Jennings didn't have the greatest of weeks but the Detroit Pistons point guard said Friday that his team's errant shooting may be reparable with repetitions. "If you ask the question about why we're not making shots, we don't shoot," Jennings said after Friday's 99-89 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "We don't shoot in practice. We haven't really had a chance to work on our games or anything. When we do have shootarounds, we're not able to get up shots like we should." Booth Newspapers

November 21, 2014 Updates
November 20, 2014 Updates

"Caldwell-Pope got it and you know he doesn't have any heart, so we knew he was going to miss," Morris said. Van Gundy wasn't going to let such an insult slide. "I'm not quite sure - maybe he knows - I'm not quite sure what Markieff Morris has accomplished in the league that gets him to the point of mouthing off," Van Gundy said after today's practice. "I mean, I don't like the mouthing off anyway. "It seems to me you should at least participate in a playoff game before you do. But maybe not, maybe that's not the standard anymore." Detroit Free Press

Caldwell-Pope was asked if he would remember the words when the Pistons face the Suns at Phoenix next month. "I'll keep it at heart," Caldwell-Pope said. Detroit Free Press

The Suns' Markieff Morris chose to focus on the Pistons' last shot. "Caldwell-Pope got it and you know he doesn't have any heart, so we knew he was going to miss," Morris said. Caldwell-Pope and Morris engaged a second-quarter shoving match that earned both of them technical fouls, which may have been the genesis of Morris' snark. Morris also got the late block on Jennings to help preserve the win. Booth Newspapers

Smith acknowledged his is struggling "to find where I belong in the offensive flow of what he's teaching us." "I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved, whether it's transition or crashing the boards," Smith said. "I've been in this game a long time, so all I've got to do is go back to the film and watch it, and see what I need to do to make myself the most effective as possible for this team." Booth Newspapers

"I wouldn't use the words that I feel sorry for them, because it's not that type of game," Van Gundy said, "but I have empathy for those guys who finished and how hard they played and everything else, the effort they gave to try to get that done." Booth Newspapers

November 19, 2014 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN PISTONS HISTORY

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