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April 23, 2015 Updates

Drummond may have violated tampering rules when he tweeted Monday he wanted to play with Warriors and former Michigan State forward Draymond Green. "I want @Money23Green on my team." The tweet has been deleted. Detroit News

April 21, 2015 Updates

Veteran small forward Caron Butler, 35, is one such player, with the Pistons holding a $4.5-million contract option. Butler let reporters know that he wants to remain with the Pistons because he likes the direction of the young team and wants to continue his leadership role. "I'm in a good situation," he said. "I like where we're at. I like what we've been able to accomplish, being better than we were prior, and I feel like I've got my fingerprints all over these guys. So it's a great opportunity to come back and continue the thing on." Detroit Free Press

April 20, 2015 Updates
April 19, 2015 Updates

“(Detroit) was frustrating. The NBA is nice, but I wasn’t playing basketball anymore. They didn’t give me the opportunity, but it’s part of this life and this business. Coming here is a new opportunity and a new life. “I don’t take it for granted (now). I’m not a player who knows he’s going to play 25 minutes a game. Maybe I will play two minutes, five minutes, maybe he won’t put me in the game again. I have to do my best.” Boston Herald

CBS Boston: Were you a little surprised that you didn’t get any kind of an opportunity with a new coaching regime in Detroit (with Stan Van Gundy) in your second season in the league? Gigi Datome: I wanted to have an opportunity with the Pistons because it was my original team. They made the choice to prefer other players, so I couldn’t do anything about it and just accepted this season, be a good teammate and wait for my opportunity. It didn’t arrive there, it arrived here and I’m happy about it. CBS Local

April 17, 2015 Updates

Greg Monroe and Reggie Jackson are the team’s two most prominent free agents, and Stan Van Gundy, who has the title of president in addition to the one he holds as head coach, says he’d like to see both of them return next season — if the price is right. “We want Greg back, we want Reggie back,” Van Gundy said during his customary pregame availability session. “Again, they all have decisions to make in the whole thing. Our decision process will obviously be what to offer and all of that, but we want those guys back. And then we’ve got to talk about all of our other guys, too.” NBCSports.com

April 16, 2015 Updates

The speculation has started in earnest with a N.Y. Daily News report over the weekend quoting a league executive saying Monroe to the Knicks is "about as close to a done deal as you can get." Monroe called the report "not factual," but one fact is irrefutable — he likely has played his last game in a Pistons uniform. Detroit Free Press

Monroe received that contract extension in 2013 — an off-season that saw a spending spree that added Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings — and Monroe would be more than happy to be looking forward to a sixth season with the Pistons. "You guys have been around here for the past couple of years," Monroe told local reporters this weekend. "I much rather would have been settled in here. That didn't happen, and I'm in this position." Detroit Free Press

April 15, 2015 Updates

David Mayo: Tom Gores said at halftime that #Pistons center Andre Drummond "is a max player." Expect team to tender max extension this summer. Twitter @David_Mayo

Detroit Pistons big man and 2015 unrestricted free agent Greg Monroe doesn't want to talk about the specifics of his free agency during the season. But he did say on Wednesday morning that he will be willing to meet with the New York Knicks and president Phil Jackson this summer. “If they’re interested, I’m going to,” Monroe said after the Pistons shootaround at Madison Square Garden. ESPN.com

League sources confirm that Monroe will be a top target for the Knicks in free agency. Recent reports have stated that Monroe will be the team’s top priority. “He will definitely be near the top of the list," one league source with knowledge of the team's thinking said earlier this week. ESPN.com

 

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