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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

Gores fired Dumars’ hand-picked coach, Maurice Cheeks, after just 50 games, making it one of the top-five quickest firings in the last 20 years. After Dumars tried to save Cheeks’ job, according to an NBA source. It became clear the two sides, bound together by circumstance, were headed for divorce. Detroit News

April 7, 2014 Updates

Against that backdrop, a return next season seems unlikely, though Billups said he hasn't made that decision and that "several things go into it." "The knee will be one of the things that, of course, will let me know if I can come back and play, if that's an option," Billups said. "And then there will be maybe some external opportunities that will be worth taking a look at -- maybe. Maybe there won't be. So it's kind of touch and go." Booth Newspapers

Billups' first order of postseason business is to return to Denver, wife Piper, and their three daughters. Cydney, the oldest, is a heavily recruited 16-year-old high school soccer standout who is completing her sophomore year and intends to attend the University of Texas, her father said. Ciara and Cenaiya are aspiring dancers. "I'll just go catch up with them while I kind of reflect and see what direction I want to go," Billups said. Booth Newspapers

April 6, 2014 Updates

Pistons guard Chauncey Billups might want to transition into a different role as a front-office executive this summer. He could draw some interest in Detroit, which is expected to allow GM Joe Dumars to walk at the end of the season. Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Cavs and Denver Nuggets could also be interested. There are also rumors of the Cavs’ interest in former New York Knicks GM Isiah Thomas. I just can’t buy into them as legitimate. News-Herald

April 5, 2014 Updates

Here are some of the jobs that could come open, and some of the names that might fill them: Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons): The Pistons and Joe Dumars look headed for a divorce and, according to sources close to that situation, the feeling may be mutual. Dumars is in the final year of his contract, so parting ways with Dumars won’t exactly be a firing, rather an option not to renew or give him a new deal. There has been a little friction between Dumars and Pistons ownership and it’s been brewing for some time. Since buying the team in 2011, Tom Gores has installed more checks and balances around Dumars and has sought advice outside of Dumars on an increasing basis. Sources close to the situation say Gores has built his own relationships with his young franchise players and has been moving toward a change at the top for some time. Basketball Insiders

April 4, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons' "Bad Boys Unite" celebrations last week gave a huge boost to local charities and non-profits. The team announced in a press release more than $300,000 was raised that will be shared equally to these six organizations: Forgotten Harvest, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Cornerstone Schools, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Rhonda Walker Foundation and CATCH (Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children). A "Bad Boys Unite" dinner and auction was held March 27 at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in downtown Detroit, followed by fundraisers the following day at the Pistons-Heat game at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Booth Newspapers

It hasn’t gone as planned and considering Smith is the most experienced Piston amongst the starting five, along with his credentials of being known as a talented, versatile and mercurial player, he makes an easy villain. “I am an easy target to be able to blame. I’m very outspoken,” Smith said. “I’m an emotional player. I can easily be a target night in and out.” Detroit News

“I think anybody, and it’s just in general, the highest-paid player on the team and supposed to be the franchise, they pay you like that, they expect you to produce like that,” said point guard Brandon Jennings, who also arrived in Detroit last summer. “That’s just like (Pacers forward) Paul George, he got 90 (million dollars). If he came in and didn’t live up to it, how much would people be talking about him? If you’re that high-paid player, you gotta be ready every night. Every night. You can’t have no days off. Nobody cares, nobody wants to hear that.” Detroit News

April 3, 2014 Updates

Are you a Brandon Jennings fan? Well, there’s an app for that. Available for free at Apple’s App Store, it’s called “BRANDed.” The app features Jennings’ tastes in music, fashion and news about Jennings. The idea came about last summer and is a partnership between Jennings and Excel Sports Management, the agency founded by Jennings’ representative, Jeff Schwartz. “It was just an idea of trying to help people get their stories out. It’s a positive app, there’s nothing negative,” Jennings said. “I’m not looking to do anything negative. I’m just looking to help people push their product or whatever they have going on. “It’s things I think are tight, it’s things I think are dope that’s coming out.” Detroit Free Press

Are you a Brandon Jennings fan? Well, there’s an app for that. Available for free at Apple’s App Store, it’s called “BRANDed.” The app features Jennings’ tastes in music, fashion and news about Jennings. The idea came about last summer and is a partnership between Jennings and Excel Sports Management, the agency founded by Jennings’ representative, Jeff Schwartz. Detroit Free Press

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