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April 15, 2014 Updates

A Michigan-based ownership group has purchased the NBA Development League's Springfield Armor and will move it to Grand Rapids, Mich., starting with the 2014-15 season. A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET in Grand Rapids, finally making official a deal that was reported last month. USA Today Sports

Datome was sheepish when asked about his three-point shooting percentage this season with the Pistons. Considered one of the top shooters in Europe, he has made seven of 38 three-pointers (18.4%). Granted it’s a small sample size and he hasn’t played much. But he would be the first to say he hasn’t capitalized on his few opportunities. “My percentage is terrible,” he said after the Palace finale on Sunday — a 116-107 loss to the Raptors. “It’s not easy to sit for five, six games and then play maybe 5 minutes of garbage time.” Detroit Free Press

April 14, 2014 Updates

Dumars stepped down as Detroit's president of basketball operations Monday, a day after the Pistons lost their home finale and fell to 29-52 with one game remaining in the season. Detroit will miss the postseason for a fifth consecutive year. ''It's time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one,'' Dumars said in a statement. ''I've had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I'm proud of our accomplishments. Tom Gores and ownership is committed to winning and they will continue to move the franchise forward.'' Yahoo! Sports

The Detroit Pistons announced today that Joe Dumars will step aside as President of Basketball Operations, effective immediately. The team has launched a search for a new head of basketball operations. “Joe Dumars is a great champion who has meant so much to this franchise and this community,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “We are turning the page with great respect for what he has accomplished not only as a player and a front office executive, but as a person who has represented this team and the NBA with extraordinary dignity.” NBA.com

During the transition, Director of Basketball Operations Ken Catanella and Assistant General Manager George David will continue preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft and free agency signing period, reporting to ownership executives Phil Norment and Bob Wentworth. Mr. Norment said the organization has developed a preliminary list of candidates that includes “the best executives in the business,” but he declined to place a specific timetable on selecting a replacement. Mr. Dumars will continue his relationship with the franchise as an advisor to the organization and its ownership team. “It’s time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one,” Dumars said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I’m proud of our accomplishments. Tom Gores and ownership is committed to winning and they will continue to move the franchise forward.” NBA.com

Joe Dumars, who led the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back championships as a player and another title as an executive, will not return next season as president of basketball operations, a league source told CBSSports.com on Sunday. Dumars, 50, will remain with the organization as an adviser -- a role that will be similar to Jerry West's advisory role with the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the transition said. CBSSports.com

April 13, 2014 Updates
April 12, 2014 Updates

Villanueva certainly faces a future where past potential can be forgotten about quickly, and a player can be out of the league in an instant. He knows he’ll have to start from square one in order to resume his career. “For sure it’s gonna be tough,” Villanueva said. “People haven’t seen me play in awhile, of course it’ll gonna be tough. If I have to work out (for teams) to show I still have a lot of basketball left, I’ll do it. Whatever it takes. For sure, though, a lot of teams haven’t seen me play.” Detroit News

April 11, 2014 Updates

New team will play in Grand Rapids next season and there will be a contest to help determine its name. The Detroit Pistons will announce details about it's new NBA Development League team in Grand Rapids at a press conference at 4 p.m. on April 15 at DeltaPlex Arena. The arrangement will be a "hybrid" partnership with the Pistons controlling all basketball operations while business operations will be controlled by a still unannounced local ownership group. Detroit Bad Boys

It appears the Detroit Pistons’ own NBA Development League team is on its way to Grand Rapids. The Pistons, along with the D-League, are prepared to make “an exciting announcement” at 4 p.m. Tuesday at DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids. Detroit Free Press

April 10, 2014 Updates

The team was purchased by an undisclosed local ownership group, and has received league approval, sources said. “Hybrid” partnership, one of two ownership options followed by the NBA D-League, allows local ownership to control day-to-day and business operations while the parent club controls basketball operations. The other is exclusive ownership by the parent NBA club. Booth Newspapers

So let Gigi Datome take some of it. And Tony Mitchell. And Peyton Siva, who already has been playing increased minutes at point guard and saw extensive playing time in two wins before the debacle here. Jennings said it's time for more. "I think, at this point, it's important that we play the young guys," he said after missing his first 10 field-goal attempts. "Let the young guys get some time, let them see what it is to play 35 minutes a night in the NBA." Booth Newspapers

April 8, 2014 Updates

Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith has patella tendinitis in his left knee and did not play Tuesday against his former team, the Atlanta Hawks. Smith wore a suit and watched from the bench. It was the first game he missed since leaving Atlanta in July to sign a four-year, $54 million contract as a free agent. USA Today Sports

As the Pistons prepare to ride out the last two weeks of the regular season, the sun might be setting on Pistons president Joe Dumars’ reign with the only franchise he’s known. Dumars has told multiple sources within the NBA that he plans to resign — possibly as soon as this week — after a busy offseason that included the signings of high-priced free agents Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings and led to an underachieving 2013-14 season. The Pistons, who many experts picked to return to the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, are 28-49 and out of playoff contention. Detroit News

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