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October 16, 2014 Updates

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

One thing not on the list is three-pointers. He doesn't need to shoot many this season. "I think Josh has a very good understanding of the shots he needs to shoot that are not only best for him, but best for our team,'' Van Gundy said. "He's one of the elite guys in the league around the basket. Last year, stuff inside, right at the rim, in two straight years, he has been 71% and 77%. There's very few guys at that level. So he needs to get more of those. He knows that. He also understands he really doesn't need to shoot threes for this team. "Will he get some? The other night, late in the shot clock, throw it back … you have to take that shot. He's going to shoot some. It's not a matter of number, one a game, less than one a game. It's when are you shooting them? There might a game where he might take three.'' Detroit Free Press

October 15, 2014 Updates

With shooting guards Jodie Meeks and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope both injured, the jumbo alignment is one hybrid method for addressing a short-handed perimeter. "As it works out, having Josh take some of the minutes on the perimeter probably helps us a little bit this week," Van Gundy said. "We'll see what happens. We've had exactly one day of practice with that lineup, so I'm sure that will be smooth." Booth Newspapers

October 14, 2014 Updates

Early word out of Detroit is big man Greg Monroe will come off the bench. New coach Stan Van Gundy prefers a smaller lineup and may start Andre Drummond and Josh Smith as the Pistons' bigs. Smith started at small forward last season. FoxSports.com

The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Jodie Meeks will be out of the line-up for approximately eight weeks due to a stress reaction of the lower back. The injury was discovered following a CAT scan conducted on Monday, October 13 by team medical personnel. Meeks was originally diagnosed with back spasms on October 9 and underwent additional testing as discomfort continued to exist. Meeks’ activity levels will be modified while the injury heals. He will be re-evaluated on a regular basis and his status will be updated at the end of the eight-week period. Team doctors anticipate a full recovery with rest and rehabilitation. NBA.com

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

There were reports last month that Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe had to settle for a qualifying offer instead of getting the long-term deal that he wanted. “Everyone said we couldn’t get an offer sheet, mishandled it,” said David Falk, Monroe’s agent. “It was laughable.” Sports Business Daily

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

What did the time off from coaching give you that you're using now? Stan Van Gundy: It gives you a little perspective to think about things. But quite honestly, it's not like I spent my two years off thinking about what I was going to do next. I was enjoying the hell out of it, quite honestly. I didn't even know if I'd go back to coaching. I just knew if I did, it would be a situation where the organization was very unified, where there wasn't front office and management pulling against coaches. The one thing I did do in the two years off was talk to coaches. NBA.com

Stan Van Gundy: So you're talking to all of these guys, and you realize it's a pretty rare situation in this league, to have a front office and a coaching staff that are truly aligned. Obviously, if you ask any of them, they all say they are. But when you talk to coaches, you realize it's a pretty rare situation. I knew I didn't want to go back to being in one of those situations. I didn't know what would happen. But that was the thing that appealed to me about the [Pistons] job as it was. Number one, that's what Tom Gores was looking for -- as he called it, at the very first meeting, he wanted more synergy between the front office and the playing court. That was music to my ears. People asked me, did you want control? It had nothing to do with that. I wanted the same thing he wanted. This is a pretty good model to get that, at least. I think because of the setup, we've got 40 people in basketball operations, and everybody is in the same direction. NBA.com

Detroit Pistons training camp invitees Josh Bostic and Lorenzo Brown could become the first two Grand Rapids Drive roster members if they accept assignments as affiliate players for the new NBA Development League team. The two perimeter players are trying to make a 15-man Pistons final roster in a training camp with 16 players on guaranteed contracts. While that numbers game may prove challenging, Pistons general manager Jeff Bower confirmed the team has discussed with the players' agents the possibility of joining the first-year Drive as affiliate players. Booth Newspapers

What will likely make Van Gundy pull out the remainder of his hair follicles is Jennings' shot selection, and one can certainly argue that a bad shot should be registered as a turnover. "The issues with him are defensively and his shooting percentage," Van Gundy said. "It's a function of one or two shots a game where he doesn't get on balance and sort of throws up a careless one. You just give away possessions, it's hard to get to a good percentage because you're not gonna shoot 65 percent on the shots where you really are (taking them)." Detroit News

"He's gotta be more consistent and we'll show him some film where we think he's giving away shots and not really balancing up," Van Gundy said. "Overall we're really happy. He's playing really hard. "He's off balance. Brendan (Malone, assistant coach) and I both watched him work out several times this summer. When he balances up, he can shoot the ball, there's no question." Detroit News

October 12, 2014 Updates

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had to be helped off the floor in the third quarter and did not return Sunday in the Detroit Pistons' 91-89 loss to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. The second-year guard sprained his his left knee after slipping on the floor. The severity of the injury is unknown and Caldwell-Pope will be evaluated after the Pistons (2-1) return home. He didn't appear to be putting weight on his left leg when leaving the loss to the Wizards. Booth Newspapers



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