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March 3, 2014 Updates
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Sources told The Detroit News the only conversations Gores and Thomas have had revolved around the Bad Boys reunion, when Gores stepped in financially, listing himself and the Detroit Pistons organization as presenting sponsors for the events. Detroit News

Q: With that in mind, the natural question is what does that mean going forward? That was a unique situation, but do you see opportunity elsewhere that you like? A: There are a few (opportunities), but I shouldn't name them. It wouldn't be right to talk about it, name anything. But yeah, there are some. There are winners and losers in the NBA, and a lot of people are trying to reclaim their position or change their culture or whatever. So yeah, there is. I've had conversations. Some of them are feelers. "Are you interested?" type of thing. I did go out to Detroit last year and sit with (Pistons President) Joe (Dumars). I guess we weren't successful, but I really encouraged (Pistons owner) Tom Gores that the general manager has to be able to pick his coach so they can win it together. And Joe wanted Maurice, so it didn't work out, unfortunately for Maurice. I developed a relationship with the owner, who lives in LA. We have conversations. USA Today Sports

March 1, 2014 Updates

Free agent Metta World Peace, according to his brother, has some interest in joining the Pistons, despite being negatively linked with the franchise over the infamous brawl. The Knicks face the Pistons on Monday. New York Post

Rajon Rondo skipped the Celtics’ game in Sacramento to stay back in Los Angeles and celebrate his 28th birthday with family and friends. He wasn’t supposed to play against the Kings, the second game in two nights, but that still tells you how Rondo is viewing this whole rebuilding phase in Boston. If Isiah Thomas gets the Pistons’ GM job, he’ll try like anything to get Rondo, a former high school teammate of Josh Smith who would be a vast improvement over Brandon Jennings. New York Daily News

Isiah Thomas will be back in Auburn Hills at the end of the month to help the Pistons commemorate the 25th anniversary of their first championship team. And we’re hearing that he could be in line to return to the team, a few months after the weekend festivities, for a permanent gig. League sources say that Pistons owner Tom Gores is seriously thinking of making what has been a long-overdue, front-office shakeup after the season, with Thomas recently emerging as a top candidate to take over the role of the team’s top basketball executive from his former backcourt mate, Joe Dumars. New York Daily News

Dumars has been on borrowed time for a long time, partly because of his penchant for firing coaches — eight since 2000 — and partly because of his drafting of Darko Milicic in 2003. He could have selected any one of Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh with the No. 2 overall pick, after Cleveland drafted LeBron James. The Milicic pick is on his permanent record, as are the four straight lottery seasons in which his team never won as many as 30 games. His tenure is expected to end when his contract runs out this spring. “Gores is definitely looking at Isiah to replace Joe,” one league source said. New York Daily News

Jennings made it clear Friday he doesn't like his cards. It would be "kind of embarrassing" to miss the playoffs with the retooled roster this season, he said, and the dismissal of Cheeks after 50 games continues to affect him more than his teammates, he acknowledged. "To be honest, I don't think the team is probably tripping," about the Cheeks firing, Jennings said. "I feel like it's still the same. It's still the same. Not much has really changed, if you asked me." Booth Newspapers

February 28, 2014 Updates
February 26, 2014 Updates

The source said at this point, five teams—most in the Eastern Conference—"want to make a play" for Monroe this summer. "It will just come down to money in the end," the source said. "I think it will happen pretty quickly after July 1." Bleacher Report

Imagine pulling up to a Wendy’s drive-thru and giving your order to “Mr. Big Shot.” That’s possible if you go to one of 30 St. Louis area Wendy’s owned by Pistons guard Chauncey Billups and former NBA player Junior Bridgeman. Bridgeman, whose net worth of $240 million exceeds that of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, has had a profound influence on Billups. Not so much on the court as off it. “I was in my prime, but I started thinking about what am I going to do (after basketball),” said Billups, who entered this season with hopes of being an everyday starter before “Father Time” started catching up. (He has played in 18 of 41 games, averaging 3.9 points and 2.2 assists.) Detroit News

Billups began thinking about life after basketball when he was 31. He earned his business degree from Colorado, and met Bridgeman during a charity basketball game in Denver. The two talked shop and formed a friendship. Now, Billups has something to fall back on. “I don’t put my name on anything I don’t know about,” Billups said. “I want to be able to go through all my stores and see what is out of place. What is going wrong? I want to know how they prepare sandwiches and walk around and make sure everybody is having a good experience. “That is what I am learning how to do and I am going to do it better every time I go there.” Detroit News

February 25, 2014 Updates

Time is running out on the Detroit Pistons and, perhaps, the brilliant basketball career of Chauncey Billups. Billups, who had knee surgery to clean up a small left meniscus tear last week, hopes to play again this season, yet seemed to yield to the possibility that his career could be over late Monday after the Pistons lost 104-96 to the Golden State Warriors. "Father Time is undefeated, man," Billups said. Asked if that means he could lose the inevitable fight, Billups didn't bother playing it coy. "My gas light is on," he said. Booth Newspapers

His two-year contract includes a team option for next year, which the Pistons certainly wouldn't exercise on an unhealthy player -- nor, perhaps, would Billups stick around under those conditions. "It all kind of depends how this feels and how things are with the knee," he said. "If the knee is fine, then sure, absolutely, I would like to come back. If it's not, I don't want to come back and do this. It's tough to do this, especially on a team when we're not a winning team at this stage." Booth Newspapers

February 24, 2014 Updates
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