Detroit Pistons Rumors
The Pistons left Cobo Hall and Detroit in 1978 for the Pontiac Silverdome and now the team appears to be headed back. The Pistons are working on a plan to move to the Red Wings new Little Caesars Arena for next year. Fox 2 has confirmed with an NBA league source and a city of Detroit administration source that the league and city have had dialogue. But the sources agree that the NBA and the city are more like observers to the Mike Ilitch family – owners of the Red Wings – and Pistons owner Tom Gores.
Erik Hood, who said he was attacked by NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris after a youth basketball game in Phoenix in 2015, has filed a civil lawsuit against the twins and three other men. The Morris twins, former Phoenix Suns players, and three other defendants are accused of beating up Hood outside a youth basketball tournament in central Phoenix. The criminal case is still underway in Maricopa County Superior Court, and the civil lawsuit was filed there on Tuesday. Hood, of Maricopa County, is suing the five defendants for conspiracy, battery and assault and is seeking actual damages, including pain and suffering, and punitive damages from them, according to a complaint document filed by attorneys William Richards and Nicole Davis.
One wrinkle in the current proposed deal, according to sources familiar with it: Cap holds attached to free agents coming off rookie contracts could jump to 250 and 300 percent of their prior salaries, up from 200 and 250 percent, to prevent teams from arranging wink-wink deals as San Antonio and Detroit did with Kawhi Leonard and Andre Drummond, respectively: “Hang in free agency as a cheapo cap hold, and we’ll sign everyone else first.” That extra few million matters for teams scrounging max cap space. As of now, cap holds attached to players with more experience would stay the same, per league sources. That could change, of course. But the status quo would be huge for Golden State, which is counting on Stephen Curry’s under-market cap hold — $18 million, way below his $30-million-plus max salary — to fit Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston.
Plus: DeMarcus Cousins, Kawhi Leonard, D’Angelo Russell, and more answer (most of!) our silly questions. With the NBA season kicking off this week, we highlighted the next generation of stars poised to carry the torch after LeBron hangs it up. (Hard to imagine, we know.) At the photoshoot, we also asked them to fill out a questionnaire and draw themselves. Those answers and portraits are below. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons. The active player who most influenced my game was… “LA, Al Jefferson.” The most merciless competitor I’ve ever faced on the court is… “Pau Gasol.”
There was gossip over the summer that it would take a deal worth north of $20 million per year to get Caldwell-Pope’s signature. But the Pistons’ payroll is burgeoning, and owner Tom Gores likely will face a luxury-tax bill for being over the NBA’s tax line. Gores has said he wants the Pistons to retain Caldwell-Pope, the team’s best perimeter defender, and has indicated he will willingly pay the freight. But Gores would be well within his rights to limit the cost for a team that has proven only it can make the playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed.