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May 15, 2015 Updates

Stanley Johnson, Sam Dekker, Frank Kaminsky and Texas freshman Myles Turner – who, like Kaminsky, could play both power forward and backup center, though neither would be best served early in their careers guarding accomplished post scorers – all said they had interviewed with the Pistons at the combine. Teams aren't guaranteed interviews with any particular player, so tread carefully reading too much into the lists of players the Pistons have or have not met with at the combine. Bower, though, said he was relatively pleased with the number of requested players the NBA granted the Pistons. "We're pleased," he said. "You don't always get everybody that you want, but we were able to see a large portion of the players we asked for. Like every team, we missed on getting a few guys that are here but we'll be able to get them in Detroit, eventually, on their visit to the site. But we're very pleased with the opportunities that this whole combine creates for us." NBA.com

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May 11, 2015 Updates

Green is about to be pursued, and paid, and that brings up a question: Would Babers-Green prefer to see her son playing 70 miles away next season, wearing a Detroit Pistons uniform? "I want him to stay in the place that will be the most productive for his career, and I want what makes him happy," she said. "The Bay loves Dray, and Dray loves the Bay. I've got NBA TV." Detroit Free Press

She said she has received countless racist, lewd and otherwise inappropriate comments from adversaries on the social media website. Sometimes, she'd like to get raw, too. That is, beyond the time or two she invited someone to dive off one of those bridges with an anchor as a necklace. "There are days I type out stuff and erase them 10 times," she said. "I'll be about to act out, but I respect myself and the Warriors' organization and what they've done for my son too much. I wouldn't dare." Detroit Free Press

May 7, 2015 Updates

Be sure about this: If the Pistons wind up drafting one of the two players it's assumed Van Gundy hopped the pond to study – Mario Hezonja of Croatia and Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia – they'll be comfortable every appropriate question that leads to the conclusion he's their best option will have been asked and answered. Bower, whose experience with European players goes back to his early days as a Marist assistant coach when Rik Smits was recruited to play there from Netherlands, says the NBA has learned much about the evaluation process by experience. "The comparisons are much easier to make and the levels of competition are much easier to round off today more so than 10 to 15 years ago," he said. NBA.com

May 5, 2015 Updates

The realistic high-end target is Greg Monroe of the Pistons, who waited out his qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but figures to attract ample attention and will be seeking a max deal. Monroe, too, might be out of the Celtics’ reach. (Another factor: Monroe is represented by David Falk, who also has Jared Sullinger. Think he wants to put them both on the same roster?) Sporting News

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. Detroit News

May 4, 2015 Updates

There is a likelihood that the Pistons will draft a forward with their lottery pick, assuming that the 89 percent odds they stay in the 8-9 range holds. That fits roster need, of course, but it's really more a reflection of the way the draft board figures to take shape. After the consensus top four of Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay and D'Angelo Russell – two big men, two guards – seven of the next eight prospects on both ESPN.com and DraftExpress.com are either small forwards or power forwards. NBA.com

 

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