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March 6, 2015 Updates

Smith will be facing his former team tonight for the second time since the Pistons shocked the NBA by releasing their highest-paid player Dec. 21 with about $36 million remaining on his contract. The Rockets have already faced the Pistons once since then - Smith had seven points and was booed often in a 114-101 loss Jan. 31 at The Palace - so tonight's game isn't that big a deal as far as he's concerned. "It's water under the bridge," Smith said after this morning's shoot around at the Toyota Center. "We're focusing on something big here and I just want to be able to focus on ... continuing to gradually incline in the standings and not necessarily focus on who the opponent is." Booth Newspapers

They might as well have been ranked with a bullet, because Stan Van Gundy's goal is to beef up the analytics department even more. The Pistons were represented by four front-office members at the weekend Sloan Sports Analytics Conference held annually at MIT: assistant general manager Ken Catanella, who heads up the Pistons analytics department; Pat Garrity, director of strategic planning; Andrew Loomis, executive director of basketball operations; and Jorge Costa, software engineer who works hand in hand with Catanella. NBA.com

They knew interest league-wide in Jackson was high, with Brooklyn on the verge of sending Brook Lopez to Oklahoma City and Indiana reportedly making an aggressive pitch, among several other inquiring teams. The bidding had the potential to get out of hand and Van Gundy was prepared to back away if that was the case. "We were aware of (other teams involved), but it didn't matter to us. We knew what our interest was in him. That's what mattered. And we knew what the parameters of a deal would be. As much as we liked him, we weren't going to give up a first-round pick – that was our sticking point. As much as we liked him, we wouldn't have done that. That was the initial price. If somebody else had been willing to do that, maybe we wouldn't have gotten him. But we knew we wanted him and we knew what the parameters were." NBA.com

March 5, 2015 Updates

What do you see yourself doing in 20 years? John Lucas: Coaching. Pro or college, it doesn't matter. I just want to be a head coach. Booth Newspapers

How old were you when you realized how famous your father was and what he did for a living? John Lucas: I was 4. He kept me around the game. I used to go to shootarounds with him, I went to practice with him, I traveled with him when he was a coach. On the weekends, when he was the head coach, I used to travel with the team. I learned to play all the gambling games like by on the plane with like Dennis Rodman, Willie Anderson, David Robinson. Well, David Robinson didn't gamble. (Laughs.) But everybody else did. I was around an older group of guys and I used to work out with them. My dad used to let me practice with them when I was in middle school and high school. Booth Newspapers

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The Detroit Pistons have recalled forward Quincy Miller from Grand Rapids of the NBA D-League. Miller, who was signed to a 10-day contract by the Pistons Feb. 21, played two games for the Drive. He had 15 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes during a 140-99 rout over the Delaware 87ers Friday. Booth Newspapers

Dave Pemberton: #Pistons recall Quincy Miller from the D-League. With the Drive, he averaged 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 19.7 mins per game Twitter @drpemberton

March 1, 2015 Updates

Against that backdrop, the Pistons will make another run at Monroe this year, and they have five years and more money than any other team can pay him to offer. If they choose to do so, they might be back in the Monroe business next year, Falk said. "Absolutely, absolutely," Detroit is one of the teams Monroe would consider, Falk said. Booth Newspapers

Monroe instead signed a $5.479 million qualifying offer, turning down four years at about $14 million from Detroit -- "Most players would have taken the money," Falk said -- in exchange for the privilege of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. "Greg is one of the brightest clients I've ever represented," Falk said. "He's very mature, he's very intelligent, he's very thoughtful, he's very analytical. I laid out all the options and he decided that he wanted to have options." Booth Newspapers

February 28, 2015 Updates

Richard (Rip) Hamilton accomplished plenty in his playing days. And he officially retired Thursday, after 14 NBA seasons. "I think it's my time,'' Hamilton told the Free Press. "Everybody wants to play forever. I wish I could play until I'm 50 years old, but that's not the case. You can't beat Father Time. Father Time catches up with all of us.'' Detroit Free Press

Like most of his former teammates, Hamilton thought that the Pistons left a couple of championships on the table, especially in 2005, against the San Antonio Spurs. Detroit made six straight Eastern Conference finals during Hamilton's stay. "I think we should have won three or four,'' Hamilton said. "It just didn't happen. It was one of those things. To get one was great, but I thought we left a couple on the table." Detroit Free Press

 

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