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February 28, 2015 Updates

“I’m not thinking about it right now, honestly,’’ Monroe said at the morning shootaround before the Knicks’ 121-115 double-overtime triumoh on Friday night. “I’m focusing on what I have to do for this team. It’s something down the line. When I get to that point, I’ll always make the right decision for me and my family, but right now I’m just focusing what I have to do here.’’ New York Post

The Pistons have another person of interest now on the roster, with Reggie Jackson their new starting point guard after a trade from the Thunder. Jackson lurked near Fisher, waiting for him to finish his pre-game press conference. Afterward, the former Oklahoma City teammates hugged and chatted for several minutes. Jackson will be a restricted free agent this July. “I learned a lot from [Fisher],’’ said Jackson, who had 16 points on Friday despite shooting 5-for-24 from the field. “Three years playing together, definitely cherish and value those minutes. He was coaching us on the floor.’’ New York Post

Jackson has to figure out if he wants to re-sign with Detroit, which will have injured point guard Brandon Jennings returning. Van Gundy has said the intent is Jackson will be with the Pistons to stay and Jennings, who has one year left on his pact, would have to deal with it. Jackson said he’s hoping it works out. “It’s a great, talented young corps,’’ he said. “We got a bunch of pieces around us that are versatile. It looks like the organization is moving in the right direction and I’m trying to be part of it.’’ New York Post

In late October, Jackson decided against exercising the option on Larkin’s rookie deal because of the $2 million price tag. The former University of Miami stud, selected with the 18th pick by the Mavericks in 2013, will be an unrestricted free agent. “Who doesn’t want to be on the New York Knicks playing in New York?’’ Larkin said. “Phil and [the Knicks] must decide at end of the year. My job is to go out there … and show I deserve to be on this team.’’ New York Post

Beal explained he wouldn’t return until he participated in a full practice session, which is standard procedure and infers that the earliest he could return is Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls because the Wizards aren’t scheduled to practice until Monday. But before Friday’s defeat, Coach Randy Wittman indicated a practice isn’t mandatory for Beal, which opens the possibility of him playing Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. “We’ll see in these next couple days,” Wittman said. “He’s been going through simulations with all our players. All the hard running and stuff that needs to be done and then you check to make sure there’s no lingering effect the next day.” Washington Post

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John Lucas: I'm so happy to be here for the rest of the year. And it's time to turn up like we have, but take it to another level #Playoffs#MotorCity Twitter @Luke1luk

Detroit Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower announced today that the club has signed guard John Lucas III for the remainder of the season following two consecutive 10-day contracts. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The 5-foot-11, 166-pound guard has averaged 5.0 points, 3.3 assists and 12.2 minutes in eight games with Detroit. He scored a season-high 10 points at Indiana (2/4) and has dished out a season-high six assists twice. NBA.com

Marc Stein: Pistons keep working on depth after trade deadline. Shawne Williams off waivers & now they're signing John Lucas III to rest-of-season deal Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

February 24, 2015 Updates

"We're a little thin up front," Van Gundy said. "Shawne played very well in Miami this year. He's a guy who comes on a value contract and he's got a non-guaranteed contract for next year, so it gives us a lot of flexibility and it's one of those moves that helps us right now, going forward, over the last 25 games and also gives us an asset and that's what we're into. We're trying to get better, we're trying to acquire assets. I think Shawne fits in both categories." NBA.com

Van Gundy held an informal coaches summit at the team practice facility last summer and he invited Mike D'Antoni, a coach he credits with doing much to revolutionize the modern NBA with his heavy emphasis on a pick-and-roll foundation and putting four shooters on the perimeter, to join the group. Against the Pistons on Nov. 29, 2013, Williams scored 20 points to help the Lakers win as he hit 6 of 13 3-point shots at The Palace. "We were just talking about the guys he'd coached and, unsolicited, he spoke really, really highly of Shawne from his year with him last year – his attitude, his work ethic and what he thought of him as a player," Van Gundy said. "That's been in my mind all along. I thought he played well for Miami early this year and when he was out there at waiver time, (general manager) Jeff (Bower) and I started talking about him and put in the claim now knowing if we'd be the team that ended up getting him. This is another good move for us. We just want to put together as many good moves as we can, even if they're small ones." NBA.com

Van Gundy views Williams as a stretch four and said his acquisition doesn't have any impact on Quincy Miller, signed to a 10-day contract on Saturday, calling Miller "a developmental guy we're looking at to see where we want to go. Shawne's more of a guy we think can play right now. He's a guy that should be ready to go and throw in an NBA game right now." NBA.com

The All-Star guard also confirmed he scuttled a trade the Lakers proposed that would have sent him to the Detroit Pistons. "That is true," said Bryant, who said the potential deal included Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and draft picks. "I gave you a list of teams I'm comfortable being traded to," recalled Bryant. "Not Detroit." Los Angeles Times

February 23, 2015 Updates

The Celtics had agreed to buy out Tayshaun Prince if a trade couldn't be completed, a source said. But an unexpected deal with Detroit came along, and Prince wasn't exactly thrilled to be going to the Pistons. Yahoo! Sports

 

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