Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 10:55 AM EDT Jul 29, 2019 The first day of free agency brought a flurry of contract agreements totally more than $3 billion. That set the stage for an overheated market where 40% of the league’s workforce was on the market. The Detroit Pistons were bystanders when it came to big-ticket players, but used every means available to improve the roster. Lacking cap space and only armed with mid-level and biannual exceptions for free agency, the Pistons addressed needs with point guard Derrick Rose and big man Markieff Morris. They added a potential starter at small forward before free agency, trading for Tony Snell. The Pistons drafted forward Sekou Doumbouya, a talented top-10 prospect who fell to No. 15. The Pistons signed another point guard, Tim Frazier, for protection against the injury histories of Rose and Reggie Jackson. The Pistons added frontcourt depth by picking up big man Christian Wood off the waiver wire. Training camp is … [Read more...] about Where do Detroit Pistons stand after offseason of upheaval?
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Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 6:02 AM EDT Jul 16, 2019 The NBA's wildest summer appears to be winding down. Six of the 15 All-NBA players from last season changed teams, with blockbuster overnight trades, and a ton of All-Star level players and high-level role players changing teams. In case you weren't already convinced: Welcome to the player empowerment era of the NBA. We've had a little time to digest all the moves, and let's get right to the biggest takeaway: The NBA is as wide open as it has been in years, with as many as nine teams having a legitimate chance at an NBA title. That's because the two teams in June's NBA Finals both lost superstars in free agency. Golden State's dynasty — five straight Finals appearances and three titles — as we know it is over, and Kawhi Leonard became the first Finals MVP to immediately change teams in the offseason, leaving Toronto for the other team in Los Angeles. With free agency … [Read more...] about NBA power rankings: After wild summer, title race wide open
Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 AM EDT Apr 14, 2019 It is the debate of our time, the pro-tankers versus the anti-tankers, and it’s ripping the Detroit Pistons’ fan base apart. Not literally, of course. Just spiritually. And it has to stop. So: How about each side give the other a break? There is more than one way to build a title contender. And all of them require a bit of luck. Even when a team gets lucky, it still has to get … lucky. Take the Philadelphia 76ers, the pro-tankers' favorite example. The 76ers purposefully lost. That led to four straight top-three picks, including two No. 1 picks. (Though their second No. 1 pick was acquired via a trade with the Boston Celtics.) What did they get for their trouble? A generational talent in Joel Embiid. A tantalizing, 6-10 point guard in Ben Simmons — who can’t shoot. And two players who are no longer with the … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons in the playoffs: Good or bad for the future?
MINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Jokic had his 25th career triple-double with 13 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, including a late full-court pass that set up a key basket to help the Denver Nuggets hang on for a 107-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.After a bad-pass turnover by Karl-Anthony Towns sailed out of bounds for the Timberwolves, Jokic caught Andrew Wiggins flat-footed and found Malik Beasley wide open for an uncontested layup with a length-of-the-court heave for a 107-104 lead with 1:02 left.After a dunk by Luol Deng and a steal by Taj Gibson off Monte Morris, the Wolves took final possession with 14.5 seconds remaining. Deng's 3-pointer from the corner bounced out with 3.5 seconds to go, though, and the rebound by Towns was too late to create with.Towns, locked in another classic big man battle with his fellow All-Star Jokic, had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Sports Denver's Michael Malone heading to NBA All-Star Game as coach; … [Read more...] about Jokic’s triple-double helps Nuggets beat Wolves