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October 17, 2014 Updates

Bynum, 31, is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.9 million this season, while Anthony, 32, also in the final year of his contract, will earn $3.8 million. It is unclear exactly what role, if any, the Celtics envision for the veteran guard, who joins a roster that's already stuffed with perimeter players. "Right now, we're just going to take a deep breath and let the trade go through," said Mark Bartelstein, Bynum's agent. "Danny [Ainge] and I, I'm sure we'll talk and see what makes the most sense for everybody. We're gong to keep an open mind right now and not jump to any conclusions." CSNNE.com

Chris Forsberg: Story coming, but the move appears to be related to roster flexibility. Team saves $900,000 in swap. Anthony was on roster fringe. Twitter @ESPNForsberg

With the Pistons without Jodie Meeks for the first six weeks of the season, they've reportedly inquired with Minnesota Timberwolves about swingman Chase Budinger. A league source confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report about the Pistons having interest in Budinger, a 6-foot-7 forward who appears caught in a numbers game at small forward. Nothing appears to be imminent, but it looks like the Pistons are at least kicking the tires on Budinger before the season begins. Detroit News

October 16, 2014 Updates

With the Pistons without Jodie Meeks for the first six weeks of the season, they've reportedly inquired with Minnesota Timberwolves about swingman Chase Budinger. A league source confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report about the Pistons having interest in Budinger, a 6-foot-7 forward who appears caught in a numbers game at small forward. Nothing appears to be imminent, but it looks like the Pistons are at least kicking the tires on Budinger before the season begins. The Pistons actually drafted him in the second round in 2009, in a pre-arranged deal with the Houston Rockets, where he developed into a contributor before knee and ankle injuries have limited him to just 64 games over the past two seasons. Detroit News

Among talks with several teams, the Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets have shown an interest, league sources said. Houston is reluctant to take on the $5 million player option on Budinger’s deal in 2015-16, as are the Pistons, sources said. Nevertheless, the Pistons are taking a long look at Budinger and considering the possibility of making a deal. No trade is considered imminent for Budinger. Yahoo! Sports

One thing not on the list is three-pointers. He doesn't need to shoot many this season. "I think Josh has a very good understanding of the shots he needs to shoot that are not only best for him, but best for our team,'' Van Gundy said. "He's one of the elite guys in the league around the basket. Last year, stuff inside, right at the rim, in two straight years, he has been 71% and 77%. There's very few guys at that level. So he needs to get more of those. He knows that. He also understands he really doesn't need to shoot threes for this team. "Will he get some? The other night, late in the shot clock, throw it back … you have to take that shot. He's going to shoot some. It's not a matter of number, one a game, less than one a game. It's when are you shooting them? There might a game where he might take three.'' Detroit Free Press

October 15, 2014 Updates

With shooting guards Jodie Meeks and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope both injured, the jumbo alignment is one hybrid method for addressing a short-handed perimeter. "As it works out, having Josh take some of the minutes on the perimeter probably helps us a little bit this week," Van Gundy said. "We'll see what happens. We've had exactly one day of practice with that lineup, so I'm sure that will be smooth." Booth Newspapers

October 14, 2014 Updates

Early word out of Detroit is big man Greg Monroe will come off the bench. New coach Stan Van Gundy prefers a smaller lineup and may start Andre Drummond and Josh Smith as the Pistons' bigs. Smith started at small forward last season. FoxSports.com

The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Jodie Meeks will be out of the line-up for approximately eight weeks due to a stress reaction of the lower back. The injury was discovered following a CAT scan conducted on Monday, October 13 by team medical personnel. Meeks was originally diagnosed with back spasms on October 9 and underwent additional testing as discomfort continued to exist. Meeks’ activity levels will be modified while the injury heals. He will be re-evaluated on a regular basis and his status will be updated at the end of the eight-week period. Team doctors anticipate a full recovery with rest and rehabilitation. NBA.com

Yes, he openly can discuss trades with other teams' personnel bosses, and consults daily with Pistons president of basketball operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy about ways to improve the roster, including trades. "That question is asked a lot," Bower said, referring to his trade empowerment. "But no matter what the structure is, the G.M. isn't going to make a trade without his head coach, his understanding of it, his involvement, his buy-in with it, because it won't work without that. In this case, we all have ideas about things. I'll have ideas that I'll take to Stan; Stan will give ideas to me, and scenarios that he'd like to look into. It's a constant exchange, back and forth." Booth Newspapers

October 13, 2014 Updates

There were reports last month that Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe had to settle for a qualifying offer instead of getting the long-term deal that he wanted. “Everyone said we couldn’t get an offer sheet, mishandled it,” said David Falk, Monroe’s agent. “It was laughable.” Sports Business Daily

Falk said that is one thing he talked about with Monroe. “We told him all year round,” Falk said. “We told him money should be no concern because there will be large money the following year.” Falk said that two other NBA clubs offered a max deal for Monroe, but that Detroit would not agree to do a sign-and-trade, and that Detroit also offered a long-term deal, though not at the max. A Pistons spokesman declined to comment. Sports Business Daily

What did the time off from coaching give you that you're using now? Stan Van Gundy: It gives you a little perspective to think about things. But quite honestly, it's not like I spent my two years off thinking about what I was going to do next. I was enjoying the hell out of it, quite honestly. I didn't even know if I'd go back to coaching. I just knew if I did, it would be a situation where the organization was very unified, where there wasn't front office and management pulling against coaches. The one thing I did do in the two years off was talk to coaches. NBA.com

Stan Van Gundy: So you're talking to all of these guys, and you realize it's a pretty rare situation in this league, to have a front office and a coaching staff that are truly aligned. Obviously, if you ask any of them, they all say they are. But when you talk to coaches, you realize it's a pretty rare situation. I knew I didn't want to go back to being in one of those situations. I didn't know what would happen. But that was the thing that appealed to me about the [Pistons] job as it was. Number one, that's what Tom Gores was looking for -- as he called it, at the very first meeting, he wanted more synergy between the front office and the playing court. That was music to my ears. People asked me, did you want control? It had nothing to do with that. I wanted the same thing he wanted. This is a pretty good model to get that, at least. I think because of the setup, we've got 40 people in basketball operations, and everybody is in the same direction. NBA.com

 

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