Stan Van Gundy Rumors
Aron Baynes had to delay his official introduction with the Detroit Pistons. The news conference was initially set for Saturday, and then it was rescheduled for Sunday. The reason: Baynes had some sort of reaction after taking medication to help with a stress test. “If we had put him in front of you (Saturday) you would have thought, ‘What the heck are they doing signing him?'” said Stan Van Gundy, Detroit’s coach and team president.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said the team will begin contract extension talks with center Andre Drummond in the next couple of weeks, with hopes of locking him up to a long-term contract — likely a maximum contract extension. If Drummond signs this summer, he will count about $21 million against the cap in 2016-17.
“We will get into those talks,” Van Gundy said. “We agreed we would get into this after this free-agency period and after the summer league. There is no rush. We have until the end of October so we will get into those talks in the next couple of weeks. What you are talking about there is more timing than anything. It is not like you will be haggling over dollars, so it is a different situation.”
Miller, 22, was a D-League call-up from Reno when the Pistons signed him for the rest of last season, with a partial guarantee for this season. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. “I don’t think it really hurts our evaluation of him, but it’s really just too bad for him,” Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy said. “That guy was working so hard, and then to have to miss the entire thing, I think, is just really unfortunate for him — and for our other guys, because, quite honestly, they’d be able to play better with him on the floor, another talented guy, so we’ve been pressing guys into minutes more than we expected.
Van Gundy has made it clear he wants Jackson to return and Jackson has stated publicly he expects to be back so the first item on the Pistons agenda seem likely to get done. Van Gundy said Jackson will be the first person he calls when free agency starts. “He’s priority No. 1, even above small forward,” Van Gundy said. “Priority No. 1. Reggie is priority No. 1. There’s nothing more important to our summer than getting that situation resolved.”
The Pistons appear to have parted ways with unrestricted free agent Greg Monroe. Detroit traded for power forward Ersan Ilyasova and Monroe recently said he feels like he’s unwanted by the Pistons and looking to sing elsewhere. “The door’s not closed,” Van Gundy said. “We’re not entirely optimistic on that situation, but no the door’s not closed.”