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April 8, 2014 Updates

As the Pistons prepare to ride out the last two weeks of the regular season, the sun might be setting on Pistons president Joe Dumars’ reign with the only franchise he’s known. Dumars has told multiple sources within the NBA that he plans to resign — possibly as soon as this week — after a busy offseason that included the signings of high-priced free agents Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings and led to an underachieving 2013-14 season. The Pistons, who many experts picked to return to the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, are 28-49 and out of playoff contention. Detroit News

Gores fired Dumars’ hand-picked coach, Maurice Cheeks, after just 50 games, making it one of the top-five quickest firings in the last 20 years. After Dumars tried to save Cheeks’ job, according to an NBA source. It became clear the two sides, bound together by circumstance, were headed for divorce. Detroit News

April 7, 2014 Updates

Against that backdrop, a return next season seems unlikely, though Billups said he hasn't made that decision and that "several things go into it." "The knee will be one of the things that, of course, will let me know if I can come back and play, if that's an option," Billups said. "And then there will be maybe some external opportunities that will be worth taking a look at -- maybe. Maybe there won't be. So it's kind of touch and go." Booth Newspapers

Billups' first order of postseason business is to return to Denver, wife Piper, and their three daughters. Cydney, the oldest, is a heavily recruited 16-year-old high school soccer standout who is completing her sophomore year and intends to attend the University of Texas, her father said. Ciara and Cenaiya are aspiring dancers. "I'll just go catch up with them while I kind of reflect and see what direction I want to go," Billups said. Booth Newspapers

April 6, 2014 Updates

Pistons guard Chauncey Billups might want to transition into a different role as a front-office executive this summer. He could draw some interest in Detroit, which is expected to allow GM Joe Dumars to walk at the end of the season. Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Cavs and Denver Nuggets could also be interested. There are also rumors of the Cavs’ interest in former New York Knicks GM Isiah Thomas. I just can’t buy into them as legitimate. News-Herald

April 5, 2014 Updates

Here are some of the jobs that could come open, and some of the names that might fill them: Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons): The Pistons and Joe Dumars look headed for a divorce and, according to sources close to that situation, the feeling may be mutual. Dumars is in the final year of his contract, so parting ways with Dumars won’t exactly be a firing, rather an option not to renew or give him a new deal. There has been a little friction between Dumars and Pistons ownership and it’s been brewing for some time. Since buying the team in 2011, Tom Gores has installed more checks and balances around Dumars and has sought advice outside of Dumars on an increasing basis. Sources close to the situation say Gores has built his own relationships with his young franchise players and has been moving toward a change at the top for some time. Basketball Insiders

April 4, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons' "Bad Boys Unite" celebrations last week gave a huge boost to local charities and non-profits. The team announced in a press release more than $300,000 was raised that will be shared equally to these six organizations: Forgotten Harvest, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Cornerstone Schools, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Rhonda Walker Foundation and CATCH (Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children). A "Bad Boys Unite" dinner and auction was held March 27 at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in downtown Detroit, followed by fundraisers the following day at the Pistons-Heat game at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Booth Newspapers

It hasn’t gone as planned and considering Smith is the most experienced Piston amongst the starting five, along with his credentials of being known as a talented, versatile and mercurial player, he makes an easy villain. “I am an easy target to be able to blame. I’m very outspoken,” Smith said. “I’m an emotional player. I can easily be a target night in and out.” Detroit News

“I think anybody, and it’s just in general, the highest-paid player on the team and supposed to be the franchise, they pay you like that, they expect you to produce like that,” said point guard Brandon Jennings, who also arrived in Detroit last summer. “That’s just like (Pacers forward) Paul George, he got 90 (million dollars). If he came in and didn’t live up to it, how much would people be talking about him? If you’re that high-paid player, you gotta be ready every night. Every night. You can’t have no days off. Nobody cares, nobody wants to hear that.” Detroit News

April 3, 2014 Updates

Are you a Brandon Jennings fan? Well, there’s an app for that. Available for free at Apple’s App Store, it’s called “BRANDed.” The app features Jennings’ tastes in music, fashion and news about Jennings. The idea came about last summer and is a partnership between Jennings and Excel Sports Management, the agency founded by Jennings’ representative, Jeff Schwartz. “It was just an idea of trying to help people get their stories out. It’s a positive app, there’s nothing negative,” Jennings said. “I’m not looking to do anything negative. I’m just looking to help people push their product or whatever they have going on. “It’s things I think are tight, it’s things I think are dope that’s coming out.” Detroit Free Press

Are you a Brandon Jennings fan? Well, there’s an app for that. Available for free at Apple’s App Store, it’s called “BRANDed.” The app features Jennings’ tastes in music, fashion and news about Jennings. The idea came about last summer and is a partnership between Jennings and Excel Sports Management, the agency founded by Jennings’ representative, Jeff Schwartz. Detroit Free Press

April 2, 2014 Updates

Jerebko experienced two largely disappointing seasons under Frank after starting 73 games as a rookie. Yet with the season almost over, the Pistons (27-47) are going to miss the playoffs for the fifth straight year and Jerebko is pondering his future as he has a player option for the final year of his contract. "I don't know," Jerebko said Tuesday. "Eight more games. Eight more games." Booth Newspapers

April 1, 2014 Updates
March 31, 2014 Updates

Minutes later, he followed with a photo of Siva, flashing the "L" and holding red shoes. But his shirt was blue, a piece of 2012 national championship gear from the season Siva's U of L team fell to UK in the Final Four. That was a year after Harrellson wrapped up his career with the Wildcats. Still, it's obvious both former players care quite a bit about their schools. "Yea I lost a bet," Siva said. "Gotta man up.. Always throwing my L's up." Louisville Courier-Journal

While the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks are still trying to catch the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot — with the Cavs pulling to 2½ games of the Hawks without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving — the Pistons are owners of the eighth-worst record in the NBA. “It’s tough. It’s really tough. It definitely hurts after how we played last night,” said Pistons forward Greg Monroe, who scored 20 points and 10 rebounds in the streak-breaking 123-98 loss to the 76ers in Philly on Saturday night. “To play like that two nights in a row is something I’d say I’m disappointed in. Yeah. I mean, there was no effort tonight. Absolutely no effort.” Detroit News

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