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September 8, 2014 Updates

“I look forward to playing for Coach Van Gundy and his staff,” said Monroe. "He has a proven track record and I’m excited about working with my teammates to get better and prepare for the season.” NBA.com

“I have said from day one that we have great respect for Greg as a person and like what he brings to this team as a player,” said Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. “We have had good dialogue with Greg throughout the offseason with the understanding that there were multiple options for both parties involved, and we respect his decision. We look forward to a great year from Greg as we continue to build our team moving forward.” NBA.com

Free agent forward Charlie Villanueva is closing in on a decision between veteran-minumum offers from the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers, a league source told RealGM. Villanueva, a nine-year NBA pro, plans to choose a team sometime this week, a source said. He’s held workouts for teams since the start of free agency in July. RealGM

September 7, 2014 Updates

Monroe's representatives steered other teams from presenting Monroe with an offer sheet because they didn't want the Pistons to match and keep Monroe for another four seasons. Now, Monroe will have freedom to pick his next team, and that's what he wanted: control of his future. There is some risk in signing a qualifying offer – Monroe could get hurt or have a down season. But Monroe, the No. 7 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has missed just three games in his career, and new Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy will still have to utilize Monroe, even with center Andre Drummond. USA Today Sports

September 6, 2014 Updates
September 5, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Detroit restricted free agent Greg Monroe has signed the qualifying offer, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

“It’s fine; we’re winning basketball games, and that’s the most important part about this experience,” Drummond said when asked about his reduced role. “If I don’t get the opportunity to play, the coaching staff knows what they’re doing, and it just wasn’t the right time for me to be on the court.” Detroit Free Press

“It’s fine; we’re winning basketball games, and that’s the most important part about this experience,” Drummond said when asked about his reduced role. “If I don’t get the opportunity to play, the coaching staff knows what they’re doing, and it just wasn’t the right time for me to be on the court.” Drummond’s limited playing time comes as no surprise on a stacked Team USA roster that includes NBA All-Star and 2012 Olympian Anthony Davis and rising star DeMarcus Cousins at center. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has taken advantage of international opponents’ inferior size by pounding the ball inside, and the Americans have relied primarily on Davis, Cousins and power forward Kenneth Faried to carry the scoring load. Detroit Free Press

September 3, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club is appointing Otis Smith as head coach of its NBA Development League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. Per team policy, terms of the deal which is pending NBA approval, were not disclosed. “I’m pleased to welcome Otis Smith to the Detroit Pistons organization as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive,” said Van Gundy. “Otis understands the vision and connectivity we want to create between the Detroit Pistons and the Grand Rapids Drive, our NBA D-League affiliate. His experiences as a general manager, director of player development and NBA player will pay dividends as he spearheads our efforts in Grand Rapids.” NBA.com

In their off-season communication, Stan Van Gundy and Josh Smith have focused more on big-picture stuff: team culture, leadership, chemistry. It was lighter on the specifics, but Smith heard enough to tailor his summer workout regimen. “I’m ready to play whatever position is asked of me,” said Smith, noticeably thicker in the chest and shoulders, in his first day back at the Pistons practice facility on Tuesday. “But I’m going to play a lot of (power forward) and that was my main focus on being able to get more in the weight room and put some more muscle on my body to be able to withstand that physicality in the paint. I played that position so much, so long in the league that I know how big you have to be in order to be able, night in and night out, to withstand that impact and that physical nature inside the paint.” NBA.com

It’s a fair bet that Van Gundy envisions Smith’s passing skills as a major component of his offense. Smith knows the influx of shooters means the lane will be less congested this season than last, so he anticipates getting the ball at his sweet spots – the elbows and mid-post areas – with room to operate and ready to exploit holes left by help defenders. “Being able to play in the mid-range and attacking,” Smith said of his likeliest role. “If somebody comes over to help out, I’ll be able to find the open man and I’m very confident that those players are going to knock shots down because they’ve proven it their whole careers.” “He’s not only a very willing passer, but an outstanding passer,” Van Gundy says of Smith, who joined Caldwell-Pope at the same Atlanta gym focusing on upper-body weight work every other day over the summer. “I think it’s the best part of Josh’s game. Probably the most overlooked part of his game – his ability to create for teammates.” NBA.com

September 2, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Hearing former Magic GM Otis Smith will be formally unveiled as coach of @nbadleague's expansion franchise in Grand Rapids this week. ESPN reported last month that Stan Van Gundy had turned to Otis Smith, his former boss in Orlando, to coach Pistons' new @nbadleague squad Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

New Detroit Pistons shooting guard Jodie Meeks was asked about his favorite Kobe Bryant moment. He didn’t need much time. It was his first day of training camp as a Los Angeles Laker. “Practice was at 11, we had to be there at 10. Well, I wanted to get there at 10,” Meeks said. “He was already there fully dressed and sweating. I got to the locker room at 9:30, got on the court at 10, and he had been there an hour and a half working on stuff. “I was like, ‘Man, it is true.’ This guy is working like this and at the time he was 34 years old. He felt like he still had a lot to prove, and he was still trying to prove people wrong. I was like, ‘Man, great player.’ ” Detroit Free Press

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