Edwards’s parents, who raised him in Atascocita, Texas, were thrilled, surprised, and relieved when he was taken in the second round by the Celtics. It was a culmination of nearly 20 years of hard work — of their son, considered undersized in the NBA world, telling them he was going to get here. The Celtics signed Edwards to a four-year contract, a testament to their confidence in his abilities. He will enter training camp later this month with a legitimate shot to earn playing time after leading the Celtics in scoring during summer league play. His parents, James and Carla, said they are a little saddened to lose their son to the real world — to a new city and a professional life — but they are overcome with glee because it’s a dream fulfilled. “You put in all the work since they were this big and then he realizes his goals,” Carla said. “All your weekends are taken up and basketball turns into a year-round thing. It was just … [Read more...] about Celtics’ Carsen Edwards got here thanks to a team effort
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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?
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?