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October 21, 2014 Updates

Eric Pincus: Looks like the Boston Celtics trade w/ the Detroit Pistons was a little more complicated than originally thought re: use of trade exceptions. The Celtics used their Humphries TPE to take in Will Bynum - was $4.25 mil, now $1.3 mil remaining @BBallInsiders basketballinsiders.com/boston-celtics… Twitter @EricPincus

Eric Pincus: Boston also attained a new TPE for Joel Anthony, for $3.8 mil, expiring in Oct 2015. Basically Boston sacrificed $450k of Hump TPE, expiring July - to have $3.8 mil Anthony TPE til Oct @BBallInsiders basketballinsiders.com/boston-celtics… Twitter @EricPincus

Darren Wolfson: Led to think GR-III will earn his way onto #Twolves. Keep hearing that JJ is playing well. Detroit prob. the team to watch on Chase B front. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

I want to be clear the Pistons are not shopping Josh. In fact they are hoping to get a more efficient Josh this season. Basketball Insiders

October 17, 2014 Updates

Bynum, 31, is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.9 million this season, while Anthony, 32, also in the final year of his contract, will earn $3.8 million. It is unclear exactly what role, if any, the Celtics envision for the veteran guard, who joins a roster that's already stuffed with perimeter players. "Right now, we're just going to take a deep breath and let the trade go through," said Mark Bartelstein, Bynum's agent. "Danny [Ainge] and I, I'm sure we'll talk and see what makes the most sense for everybody. We're gong to keep an open mind right now and not jump to any conclusions." CSNNE.com

Chris Forsberg: Story coming, but the move appears to be related to roster flexibility. Team saves $900,000 in swap. Anthony was on roster fringe. Twitter @ESPNForsberg

With the Pistons without Jodie Meeks for the first six weeks of the season, they've reportedly inquired with Minnesota Timberwolves about swingman Chase Budinger. A league source confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report about the Pistons having interest in Budinger, a 6-foot-7 forward who appears caught in a numbers game at small forward. Nothing appears to be imminent, but it looks like the Pistons are at least kicking the tires on Budinger before the season begins. Detroit News

October 16, 2014 Updates

With the Pistons without Jodie Meeks for the first six weeks of the season, they've reportedly inquired with Minnesota Timberwolves about swingman Chase Budinger. A league source confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report about the Pistons having interest in Budinger, a 6-foot-7 forward who appears caught in a numbers game at small forward. Nothing appears to be imminent, but it looks like the Pistons are at least kicking the tires on Budinger before the season begins. The Pistons actually drafted him in the second round in 2009, in a pre-arranged deal with the Houston Rockets, where he developed into a contributor before knee and ankle injuries have limited him to just 64 games over the past two seasons. Detroit News

Among talks with several teams, the Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets have shown an interest, league sources said. Houston is reluctant to take on the $5 million player option on Budinger’s deal in 2015-16, as are the Pistons, sources said. Nevertheless, the Pistons are taking a long look at Budinger and considering the possibility of making a deal. No trade is considered imminent for Budinger. Yahoo! Sports

October 14, 2014 Updates

Yes, he openly can discuss trades with other teams' personnel bosses, and consults daily with Pistons president of basketball operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy about ways to improve the roster, including trades. "That question is asked a lot," Bower said, referring to his trade empowerment. "But no matter what the structure is, the G.M. isn't going to make a trade without his head coach, his understanding of it, his involvement, his buy-in with it, because it won't work without that. In this case, we all have ideas about things. I'll have ideas that I'll take to Stan; Stan will give ideas to me, and scenarios that he'd like to look into. It's a constant exchange, back and forth." Booth Newspapers

October 13, 2014 Updates

Falk said that is one thing he talked about with Monroe. “We told him all year round,” Falk said. “We told him money should be no concern because there will be large money the following year.” Falk said that two other NBA clubs offered a max deal for Monroe, but that Detroit would not agree to do a sign-and-trade, and that Detroit also offered a long-term deal, though not at the max. A Pistons spokesman declined to comment. Sports Business Daily

October 6, 2014 Updates

One could essentially drive him, while Smith would have to ignore the latter if he will indeed take on a positive leadership role this season. Smith doesn't know if the rumors were true that teammate Greg Monroe threatened to sign a qualifying offer this summer if Smith weren't traded, and from all accounts, it seems way out of character for Monroe. "You can't really concern yourself with it," Smith said. "But that was my first time dealing with it. Even in Atlanta, nothing like that ever came up in free agency from anybody's camp." Detroit News

Neither side knows from where surfaced the rumors, which can certainly get away from the business of becoming a better basketball team. It appears the two haven't spoken directly about the rumors, although Monroe said he had a conversation with Stan Van Gundy, insisting he was willing to reach out to clear the air. "I think if things aren't true, I think the other person who people are kinda throwing under the bus, as a teammate and a man, should come to that individual and let him know that had nothing to do with him," Smith said. Detroit News

September 29, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy: Josh has heard a million trade rumors. I don't think they bothered him a whole lot anyways. You hear them all the time and 99 percent of them don't come true. The rumors with Josh were so persistent, and there were some things that were way off from the truth that I had to make sure he heard from us. Detroit News

September 5, 2014 Updates
 

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