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December 22, 2014 Updates

Houston has aggressively pursued Smith for the past two years, failing in the summer of 2013 to agree to a sign-and-trade agreement with Atlanta to acquire Smith. Before ultimately signing a four-year $56 million deal with Detroit, Smith had been fixated on finding a way to join the Rockets, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

December 21, 2014 Updates

With a 5-22 record, with challenging the franchise record with a 13-game losing streak and in the midst of a 12-game losing streak at the Palace at Auburn Hills, the current mix isn't working. And with NBA front offices circling like buzzards waiting to pick the Pistons' dead carcass, there is a sense major change is coming. USA Today Sports

Brewer received a lot of interest, but the Timberwolves received Troy Daniels and two second-rounders. Sobering stuff for Pistons fans. "You've got to evaluate all of them, and let's face it, most of the things you talk about you're not going to do," Van Gundy said of trade talks. "Ninety-five percent, probably more than that, of the trade rumors you see aren't going to happen. And even if they were things truly talked about, they're not going to happen." USA Today Sports

December 19, 2014 Updates

They probably wouldn't put out a sign that says "everyone must go," but the feeling could be close to that in Auburn Hills. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed his franchise is making calls to other teams to shake things up. "Yeah, we're looking to get better and we're looking to put ourselves in a better place down the road, too," Van Gundy said. "We're active, we're talking to people." Detroit News

December 17, 2014 Updates

Two days after Greg Monroe said he wasn't seeking a trade from the Detroit Pistons, his agent, David Falk, emphatically reiterated his client's position. "He made a commitment to Stan (Van Gundy) when he took the qualifying offer that he would work as hard as he could and help the team as best that he could and he would keep his mind open and at the end of the season, he would evaluate all of his options," Falk said. "That was his plan in July, and that's his plan in December and that will probably be his plan in February and will be his plan when the season ends." Their comments were in response to a Sporting News story that suggested Monroe wanted out of Detroit at any cost. Falk refuted that. USA Today Sports

"Greg is an intelligent man. I've represented him from day one. There are no other credible sources who would indicate if wants a trade," Falk said. "He does not want a trade. He wants to honor his commitment to Stan and give it the year and evaluate everything at the end of the season." USA Today Sports

Monroe, 24, also wants to retain his Bird rights – an in-season trade on a qualifying offer would negate that – in case a team Monroe wants to play for after this season doesn't have the cap space to sign him to the deal he seeks. That team could obtain him in a sign-and-trade with the Pistons. USA Today Sports

Here's another important piece to Monroe waiting until the summer – beyond preferring to have his choice. Why would a team want to give up a player or draft pick for Monroe when that teams knows it can get Monroe without giving up assets? And look at it from Monroe's perspective: he wants a team to keep its assets so it can be as good as possible when he joins. USA Today Sports

Where the Pistons put themselves in this position was by not trading him. Although Monroe couldn't get a max offer sheet from another team, he did receive substantial interest — and Portland and Atlanta tried to facilitate trades for him. Detroit News

December 16, 2014 Updates

At this point, Smith is the only player the team (5-20) has discussed trading. But even that is just preliminary; teams are scared off by Smith's price tag and the evidence that he's a declining player. Detroit Free Press

 

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