Detroit Pistons Rumors
LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton, and Killian Hayes have generated the most buzz among point guards. But Kira Lewis Jr. has seemingly entered the conversation as a potential riser and option for lottery teams. After a workout with the Orlando Magic last Thursday, sources tell Bleacher Report that Lewis worked out for the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls this week. “Lewis has great speed, creates for himself and others and should thrive in today’s game,” one scout told B/R. “He’s still young [he turned 19 in April] after two years in college. He has upside.”
I reported weeks ago that Florida State’s Patrick Williams was gaining steam as a top-10 pick. We’re now hearing he’s in play at No. 7 to the Detroit Pistons, though they’re also interested in Haliburton, Hayes and Lewis.
(There is, alas, the troublesome trend of minority numbers in NBA front offices and coaching positions moving in the wrong direction. Replacing Brand with Morey means there again are just six African-Americans who are their team’s primary decision maker — Cleveland’s Koby Altman, Phoenix’s James Jones, Detroit’s Troy Weaver, San Antonio’s Brian Wright, Toronto’s Masai Ujuri and, ironically, Morey’s replacement in Houston, Rafael Stone.)
Jason Buckner, who has served eight years as manager of scouting for the Indiana Pacers, has joined the Detroit Pistons as their director of draft scouting, league sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell IndyStar. Buckner, who also served in a dual role as regional scout the last three years and has an expertise in getting background on prospects, had already left the Pacers before the firing of coach Nate McMillan in late August.