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December 30, 2014 Updates

The Pistons beefed-up front office includes four full-time NBA scouts. They're spread out across the country and Van Gundy estimates that they scout – not just watch, but study and file reports on – 85 to 90 percent of all NBA games. General manager Jeff Bower says that by mid-December, those scouts had filed 6,000 scouting reports. "I get a call on a player, I can go right to his report card and see my weekly grades from the scouting staff," Bower said. "Week by week, you can read the narrative and pull it all together to see if he's going up, if he's going down, why he's been out, why all of a sudden his minutes have increased. But you don't have information like that if you're not following it every day and every game and every week. That's where the day-to-day compounding of information comes in really having value." NBA.com

In studying how NBA teams were put together, Van Gundy kept coming back to the fact that for most teams, more than half of players were drafted by another team. "There tends to be an opinion that we just know the NBA players and I don't think we really watch them as closely as we need to and those are huge decisions," he said. "You don't want to make a mistake in the draft, but the way it's set up now, if you make a mistake in the draft at least it's low cost. If you're going to go out and spend $14 million a year, $15 million a year on a guy and you make a mistake, now you're really hurting. So I just want to weight it a little bit more." NBA.com

December 28, 2014 Updates
December 26, 2014 Updates

"I wish they wouldn't have traded away Chauncey the first time," Stuckey said today at The Palace, where he'll take the floor as a visitor for the first time when his Indiana Pacers play the Pistons. "To be honest with you. I wish they would have took the San Antonio Spurs' philosophy of keeping all their vets, getting younger guys around their vets, and doing it that way. You see how successful they are. "After Chauncey left, that's when everything went downhill. He was the glue that kept everything together, kept everybody accountable. Once you trade that away, you see what happens. Everything was just a domino effect after that." Booth Newspapers

December 25, 2014 Updates
December 24, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for forward Tony Mitchell. Mitchell, who was drafted 37th overall by the Pistons in the 2013 NBA Draft out of the University of North Texas, has averaged 8.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in six games with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League this season. The 6-9, 235-pound forward appeared in 21 games with Detroit last season, averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds. Tolliver played in 24 games in this his only season with the Suns, averaging 3.3 points and 11.3 minutes. The 6-8, 240-pound veteran in his seventh NBA season originally signed with the Suns as a free agent on July 21. NBA.com

December 23, 2014 Updates

Now that Josh Smith is gone, what does the long-term future hold for Greg Monroe? A rival executive believes he will end up with the New York Knicks. “I could see $48 million for four years. I don’t think he’s a max (contract) guy, but he is pretty good. He might get more based on who is left on the board. I could see New York overpaying him,” the executive told SheridanHoops. SheridanHoops

An Eastern Conference scout also believes Monroe and the Knicks could be a fit down the road. “I think the Knicks are a possible free agency destination,” the scout told SheridanHoops. “He has above-average passing ability, which makes him attractive for the triangle. If the Knicks strike out on the so-called top-tier guys, I think it makes sense.” SheridanHoops

 

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