Marc Stein: Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are nearing agreement on a five-year max deal in the $130 million range, league sources tell ESPN
Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond is in line to sign a max contract extension this summer. Pistons owner Tom Gores made it clear after Sunday night's season-ending Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers that has no qualms about giving Drummond big money. "No hesitation," Gores said in the Pistons locker room after the game. "Come on, look at all the big guys in the league. Come on."
When asked if Drummond wants to stay long term, Gores sounded cautiously optimistic. "You'd have to ask Andre, but I think we have a great relationship," Gores said. "I think he likes Detroit, but you'd have to ask him."
Q: I've heard people in Detroit are calling you the "franchise player w/o the franchise contract." Is there any part of you that feels that that's accurate or is it way too soon for that to even be part of the conversation? Andre Drummond: Um, you know man, when that time come. You know, we made a decision all together that it wasn't the best time to sign right now. ... I'm just here to play basketball and when that time comes we'll negotiate.
Van Gundy said the move not to re-sign Drummond was in order to keep salary-cap space available to sign other free agents before they re-sign Drummond. "Andre really, really wants to win," Van Gundy told Yahoo Sports. "We laid out the difference of where we'd be salary-cap wise. It's almost $13 million. He wants us and [Pistons owner] Tom [Gores] to have all the resources to build this thing. He wants to be part of a winner."
Drummond said he intends to re-sign with the Pistons. "I love it here. I plan on being here," Drummond told Yahoo.
Jackson, you could say, has an investment in Drummond too, after signing a five-year, $80 million contract with the Pistons over the summer. "He's a big reason, reason 1A-1B, I went solely into staying here," Jackson said. "He was always on me about making sure I signed. So I'm just trying to make sure everything's going in the right direction to still be here and try and make a lot of memories." Drummond will become a restricted free agent once his current contract expires after the 2015-16 season. Both sides have said they want the other, with head coach Stan Van Gundy reiterating that to reporters again on Tuesday, and the Pistons hold a leg up having the option of matching any future offers.
Jackson said the two spoke privately about the decision, made by Drummond in lockstep with his agent, Jeff Schwartz, and Pistons owner Tom Gores, and called it a big one for his future. "It's a mature move either way," Jackson said. "Whatever he decides is what he decides. I just would love to know that I have this guy with me during my tenure being here, wearing this red and blue. I just want what's best for Andre. I want what's best for his career. I definitely want him to be here and I want to make a lot of memories and a lot of highlights in the Palace and bring back this city."
December 8, 2021 | 4:45 pm EST Update
Ros Gold-Onwude: At Trailblazers shootaround today Damian Lillard strongly addressed the rumors and noise: “I’m not asking for a trade.” “My intentions are to be in Portland and to figure it out.” He added he’s in the office w/ Chauncey everyday trying to find solutions, not planning an exit.
Nonetheless, Vogel added he does not harbor any concerns about his job security and that he feels the front office supports him. Buss also noted that Vogel attended a Lakers’ season-ticket holder event on Monday night that also included Buss, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in attendance. “We’re as connected as any organization can be,” Buss said. “I really don’t know what you’re looking for me to say. I would say until we’re 100 percent healthy, I won’t make any judgments about anything.”
“We’re focused on the job,” Vogel said. “We stay in the moment, focus on the task at hand and try to win the next game and try to get some momentum around our season.” Therefore, Vogel downplayed whether he feels the criticism is unfair or justified. “It’s not up to me,” Vogel said. “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. Really just focused on the job.”
One of sports TV’s power couples has broken up — ex-NBA player Jalen Rose filed for divorce from ESPN host Molly Qerim, TMZ Sports has learned. Court records show Rose filed docs earlier this year … kickstarting the process to end their 2 and a half year marriage. Sources tell us the breakup was amicable and both sides remain cordial.
Mark Cuban: So I was curious to compare 3PT shooting this yr vs last. https://basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2021_totals.html For the top 20 3PAs, last yr for the season, 38.6%, this yr 35%. Crazy thing, this yr 11 of the 20 are < 35%, last yr only 2 were. And only ONE is above 40% this yr vs 4 last yr. Even crazier, if you go to the top 50 in 3PA, last year only ONE player shot under 34%, this year 17 players are shooting under 34%. It's not how the game is being called. I think we are still adjusting to the new ball. Jim Bowling: Isn’t it literally the same leather with a different logo stamped on it? Mark Cuban: No. The seams are completely different. How it breaks in is different and more. Each manufacturer takes their own approach.
December 8, 2021 | 2:36 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: The Chicago Bulls are signing forward Stanley Johnson out of NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers via hardship exemption, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Johnson went to training camp with the Bulls.