Jeff Bower Rumors
I interviewed Pistons general manager Jeff Bower for the Free Press’ Preachin’ Pistons podcast last week, and he gave his thoughts on the Pistons’ young players. “We’re in the beginning life cycle with this group,” Bower said. “We’re in the stages of where we’re just beginning to reap the benefits of our investments in bringing them together and keeping them together to grow.” It signals the Pistons’ reluctance to trade assets, which probably includes future first-round picks.
“That upheaval creates upheaval throughout the locker room,” Bower said. “When you do make changes like that, you’d like to think you’re doing it for more than just minor, insignificant shuffling. “Sometimes you need a major shakeup, but usually when those scenarios exist, you have a group you don’t think is functioning well and you don’t see a long-term lifespan with them.” That’s certainly not the Pistons’ current line of thinking.
Dinwiddie expects it to be for the season. “I landed on red eye and was headed to the practice facility and (general manager) Jeff Bowers called me and said I was going down for the rest of the season, and I said OK,” Dinwiddie said after Tuesday’s practice. As for his reaction, Dinwiddie added: “There’s nothing really more to say about it. A lot of people ask me for extended thoughts and I honestly just said, ‘OK.’ When you have a job and your employer tells you to do something, you go do it. You don’t have time to second-guess it because you like your job and want to keep it.”
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is looking for a few big men who can shoot. That’s why he and general manager Jeff Bowers are in Spain looking at Mario Hezonja (6-foot-8) and Kristaps Porzingis (7-1). Both have the ability to shoot from the outside. The downside is both are immature and lack NBA bodies to survive an 82-game season. But the Pistons are looking for a boost to their 3-point shooting, which ranked 17th in percentage (34.4). Van Gundy said he wanted the team to shoot at least 36 percent.
Bower was pleased with the way the Drive’s on-court operation mirrored that of Stan Van Gundy’s with the Pistons. “I thought that was a strength going into the year, and it’s a strength as we wrap up,” he said. “Our comfort level with knowing what, for example, Quincy Miller would find when he got here (Grand Rapids) was very high.”