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July 2, 2014 Updates

Charlie Villanueva knows he disappointed Detroit Pistons fans during his five seasons with the team. But as the 31-year-old power forward enters free agency, he hopes basketball fans haven’t given up on him just yet. “Though I cannot predict the future, I can predict the work and effort I put in today,” Villanueva wrote in a blog post on sportsblog.com. “And my drive to overcome will result in success. I promise you that. “I've been in the gym since the day the NBA season ended. No time can be wasted. This is a critical period in my career that can break or make me. I feel I have a point to prove. Rejuvenate my life and direction.” Detroit Free Press

The Pistons, who entered the off-season with $13.5 million in salary-cap space, reached agreements with Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks and Hawks swingman Cartier Martin on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the situation. Yahoo Sports was the first to break the news and added that Meeks' deal is worth $19.5 million over three years. "Had a great time in L.A. and loved every moment," Meeks said in a text to ESPNLosAngeles.com. "Looking forward to moving forward with my career in Detroit! Excited!" USA Today Sports

July 1, 2014 Updates

Free-agent guard Jodie Meeks has agreed to a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, Meeks told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Tuesday. The deal is worth anywhere between $19 million and $20 million and does not include any player or team options, according to Meeks. ESPN.com

The Kings were mentioned as a landing spot for Josh Smith just before the draft. I know for a fact that the Kings and Pistons discussed a potential deal centered around Smith, so it’s definitely possible that those talks could start back up. Detroit was one of the first teams to contact Isaiah Thomas last night, so there’s no doubt there’s interest on their end. Basketball Insiders

 

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