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September 29, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy: Josh has heard a million trade rumors. I don't think they bothered him a whole lot anyways. You hear them all the time and 99 percent of them don't come true. The rumors with Josh were so persistent, and there were some things that were way off from the truth that I had to make sure he heard from us. Detroit News

After calling the team's four-year offer "solid," one that sources told the News last month was slightly more than Smith's deal, Van Gundy said he was disappointed Monroe turned it down but wasn't surprised. "I've got great respect for him as a player and person, and he's the kind of guy you want to build this around," Van Gundy said. "I think he's a mature guy who thought it out. I don't think greed had any part of it whatsoever." Detroit News

You talk about deal-making. You came into this summer with a game plan for Greg (Monroe). Obviously you didn't come to an agreement. Were you ever close to getting anything done? Stan Van Gundy: That I can't answer. That's more to Greg, was he close to an agreement? There came a point where his agent said, "Look, we don't want to get into a long back and forth. Give us your best offer." We sat and talked about it and outlined some things we wanted to accomplish with the offer. When I say "we," that was ownership involved. It was a well-thought-out, solid offer in terms of what we wanted to offer. Greg had to make a decision. I'm being honest. I was disappointed to a degree. Detroit News

September 28, 2014 Updates

Monroe is banking on his talent, that he will show enough this winter to cash in bigger next summer, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. When asked whether he would consider Detroit after this year, he said, "definitely." That may be true, but it's also true that he thinks he can get more money next year, and that means he has to be willing to go anywhere to get it. Detroit Free Press

September 25, 2014 Updates

“I said years ago, you could say anything you wanted to,” McHale said. “You could say, ‘Detroit sucked’ and it made the Detroit paper, it made the Boston paper and then maybe someone would ask you about it in one other city, Cleveland or wherever. Now if you said something like that, every city you went to they’d ask, ‘Why did you say that?’ God forbid that you say something about a guy you’re playing against that you don’t like. “There seems to be an unbelievable need among the players and in the league for everyone to like each other. I really don’t like that. I like when guys don’t like each other. I actually like when guys really dislike each other. I think it makes for better competition.” NBA.com

September 24, 2014 Updates

BK: One Pistons fan famously has tattoos of you, one on either arm. If you had to get a tattoo of one NBA player, current or former, who would you choose and why? Charlie Villanueva: He actually has three tattoos of me! My favorite player of all-time is Reggie Miller. I love his game. I love everything about him — hard-working guy, just his swagger was just tremendous. That’s one of the reasons I always wear number 31 is because of Reggie Miller. mavs.com

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Meeks is expected to compete with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the starting shooting guard spot. Meeks expanded his game a year ago, becoming more than just a spot-up shooter in L.A. He has improved his ballhandling skills and ability to get to the basket. With Drummond clogging the middle, Meeks is expected to help the logjam by creating offense with his 3-point shooting, And the Olympics could be in his future. "(Being on the Olympic team in 2016) would be an honor and a dream come true," Meeks said. "I know it's a long way down the line, and we still have a full season ahead, but anytime you have a chance to play for your country, it's an honor." The Bellingham Herald

September 18, 2014 Updates
September 17, 2014 Updates

Twenty-five extra pounds? Check…wait, that wasn’t here last season “I’m about 185, 190 on my good days,” said Jennings, noticeably thicker but still wiry. Training camp doesn’t begin until the first day of October but Jennings and his other 14 teammates have all been at The Palace for a few weeks, per new coach/president Stan Van Gundy’s request. “Usually guys come in and you don’t see them until media day,” Jennings said. “It’s good, we’ve been together for three weeks strong, preparing for the season.” Detroit News

September 16, 2014 Updates
September 15, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League, the official minor league of the NBA, today announced the full list of affiliations between NBA and NBA D-League teams for the 2014-15 season, including an all-time high 17 single-affiliation partnerships. The Detroit Pistons (Grand Rapids Drive), Memphis Grizzlies (Iowa Energy), New York Knicks (Westchester Knicks), Orlando Magic (Erie BayHawks), Phoenix Suns (Bakersfield Jam) and Utah Jazz (Idaho Stampede) all entered into single affiliation relationships with their NBA D-League affiliate during the offseason. Additionally, the NBA D-League has implemented a new flexible assignment system which will enable the 13 independent NBA teams to continue to assign players to the NBA D-League for development or rehabilitation. NBA.com

Shams Charania: Free agent center Denzel Bowles has a workout with the Pistons today, possibly the Bulls upcoming, league source tells RealGM. Twitter @ShamsCharania

 

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