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Schedule released for 1st half of 2020-21 Season

Fans of the Detroit Pistons will soon be able to get a look at the new-look Detroit Pistons, albeit only on television.

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The first half of the upcoming schedule has officially been released by the team, and they won’t have to wait long to say hello to one of the former faces of the franchise. They’ll officially start the new season on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8 p.m.

Detroit opens the home portion of their schedule December 26 against the Cleveland Cavaliers and former center Andre Drummond, who returns to the Motor City for the first time since his trade last season.

The full first-half Schedule:


Detroit Pistons agree to contract with free agent G/F Deividas Sirvydis

According to reports, the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a contract with Lithuanian G/F Deividas Sirvydis.

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the deal is for 3 years.

Sirvydis was selected with the 37th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Here are Deividas Sirvydis’ recent stats.

Detroit Pistons release 2021 pre-season schedule

Fans of the Detroit Pistons will get their first opportunity to catch a glimpse of the new look team later next month when the NBA pre-season officially kicks off, albeit on television only.

The NBA has released their pre-season schedule, and the Pistons are scheduled for four games against two opponents – the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards.

In a short time, new Pistons GM Troy Weaver has made a flurry of trades, as well as adding to the team via the 2020 Draft.

Detroit Pistons projected starting lineup/depth chart may surprise you

Since taking over as general manager of the Detroit Pistons, Troy Weaver has been making move after move not only to attempt to improve the team in the short-term but also for the future.

In the 2020 NBA Draft, Weaver selected PG Killian Hayes No. 7 overall and according to James Edwards III of The Athletic — Edwards III is the best Pistons writer hands down — Hayes will be the Pistons starting point guard when the 2020-21 season begins.

As you can see below, in addition to Hayes, Edwards III has (SG) Svi Mykhailiuk, (SF) Jerami Grant, (PF) Blake Griffin, and (C) Mason Plumlee rounding out the starting five.

PG SG SF PF C TWO-WAY
Killian Hayes
Svi Mykhailiuk
Jerami Grant
Blake Griffin
Mason Plumlee
Saben Lee
Derrick Rose
Delon Wright
Saddiq Bey
Jerami Grant
Isaiah Stewart
Louis King
Delon Wright
Wayne Ellington
Josh Jackson
S. Doumbouya
S. Doumbouya
R. McGruder
Dzanan Musa
Jahlil Okafor

 

Here is what Edwards III has to say about Killian Hayes starting at the point.

Remember, Pistons coach Dwane Casey was adamant last season that Derrick Rose, due to his injury history, was better-suited coming off the bench. It’s an easier way for Casey to manage Rose’s minutes. Rose did start 15 of 50 games in 2019-20, but almost all of those came after Reggie Jackson was bought out near the end of the season.

I can’t see why Casey’s philosophy on Rose would change. If anything, it would only hold even more firm. Rose enters this season on an expiring contract and is the most likely candidate to be traded by the deadline. Detroit won’t want to risk injury for him.

And the Pistons are prioritizing youth and development. Hayes was the No. 7 pick. There’s a lot riding on him working out as Weaver’s first selection at the helm. Expect him to get thrown into the fire right away.

Nation, do you think Hayes will start at the one over Rose?

Report: Detroit Pistons called Washington Wizards about Blake Griffin/John Wall trade

If you have been following our Detroit Pistons coverage over the past week, you know exactly what kind of whirlwind it was.

Pistons new GM Troy Weaver not only wheeled and dealed throughout the 2021 NBA Draft but he followed that up by being extremely active as soon as the free agency period kicked off.

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But one thing is certainly news to us is that the Pistons reportedly called the Washington Wizards hoping to trade Blake Griffin for John Wall.

That little tidbit of information is via ESPN writer John Lowe, who dropped that knowledge in a piece published Wednesday morning.

The Pistons in recent weeks made an exploratory call to the Washington Wizards about a potential swap of Griffin for John Wall, sources said, but Detroit’s real level of interest in that deal is unclear; they value Griffin, and the conversation led nowhere, sources said. Tommy Sheppard, Washington’s GM, said this week he has no plans to trade Wall. The extra year on Wall’s deal suggests Detroit probably would ask for draft assets in any such swap.

Nation, would you have liked it if Troy Weaver managed to pull off this deal?

Christian Wood posts farewell message to Detroit Pistons fans

Filling in as a starter towards the end of the 2019-20 NBA season, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood proved to the world that he can be a productive player given the opportunity.

Unfortunately (for us) the 21.9 points and 9.4 rebounds that Wood averaged in his 12 starts at the end of the season was enough to drive his value to a point that new Pistons GM Troy Weaver was not willing to pay.

Instead, Wood is now a member of the Houston Rockets as part of a sign-and-trade deal.

Late Tuesday night, Wood took to Twitter to thank the Detroit Pistons, their fans, and head coach Dwane Casey.

Best of luck, Christian!

Report: Detroit Pistons to bring back G Wayne Ellington

According to reports, the Detroit Pistons are bringing back a familiar face.

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Pistons have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with G Wayne Ellington.

Ellington previously spent time with the Pistons when he played in 28 games for them during the 2018-19 season. In those games (26 starts), he averaged 12 points and 2.1 rebounds.

2-time America East Conference Player of the Year Anthony Lamb to sign with Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons general manager Troy Weaver has been extremely busy of late, completely revamping the team roster via trades as well as adding to the future through the 2020 Draft.

And now, another piece has been added to the team.

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Two-time America East Conference Player of the Year Anthony Lamb has reached an agreement to sign with the Pistons, and and will be reporting to training camp on December 1.

The 6’6, 227 lb. Lamb has been playing for the Vermont Catamounts, where he made his mark. He ranks 7th all-time in total rebounds, 5th in points and blocks, 3rd in made field goals, 8th in rebounds, and was a Top-10 finalist for the 2019-20 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award as a senior.

Report: Detroit Pistons renounce free agent rights for trio of players

In a move to create cap space to make the rest of their offseason moves, the Detroit Pistons have reportedly renounced the free-agent rights for Langston Galloway, John Henson, and Brandon Knight.

Report: Detroit Pistons likely to waive-and-stretch latest trade aquisition

Earlier this evening, news broke that the Detroit Pistons had traded Tony Bradley to the Philadelphia 76ers for Zhaire Smith.

Now, according to James Edwards III of The Athletic, the Pistons are likely to waive-and-stretch Smith. Edwards noted that it “feels like Detroit doesn’t want the roster spot taken and/or has something else in the works.”

This could be the most complicated offseason in the history of the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit Pistons complete another trade, acquire Zhaire Smith from 76ers

Detroit Pistons GM Troy Weaver continues to wheel and deal.

They’ve swapped recently acquired big man Tony Bradley to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for 2018 first-round pick Zhaire Smith. The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

The team had just acquired Bradley from Utah earlier this week.

Smith played college ball at Texas Tech, and was selected by the 76ers with the 16th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

In 13 career games, he’s averaged 3.7 PPG and 0.9 APG.

Report: Detroit Pistons 1st Round pick Killian Hayes to wear ‘cursed’ jersey number

The 2020 NBA Draft is officially in the books and thanks to general manager Troy Weaver making a trio of trades, the Detroit Pistons walked away with four new players.

According to Rod Beard of the Detroit News, the four new Pistons’ rookies have already found out their jersey numbers and as you can see below, Killian Hayes, who was the Pistons’ first selection in the draft, will wear No. 7.

Ever since Beard tweeted out these numbers, there have been fans who have responded by saying that Hayes should wear a different number as No. 7 is ‘cursed’ in the Pistons’ franchise history.

Here is a list of all of the former Pistons who have worn the No. 7. Nation, do you agree the No. 7 is cursed or will Hayes prove that theory wrong?

Leo Klier 1950
Frankie Brian 1952-1956
Corky Devlin 1956
Gene Shue 1957
Dick Atha 1958
Kelly Tripucka 1982-1986
Rafael Addison 1995
Chucky Atkins 2001-2004
Mike James 2004
Anthony Goldwire 2005
Smush Parker 2005
Primož Brezec 2008
Ben Gordon 2010-2011
Brandon Knight 2012-2013
Brandon Jennings 2014-2016
Stanley Johnson 2017-2019
Thon Maker 2019-2020

*Numbers via Basketball-Reference

Detroit Pistons acquire PG Delon Wright as part of 3-team trade

The Detroit Pistons continued their flurry of moves, trading Trevor Ariza – whom they just acquired from the Houston Rockets earlier this week – as part of a three-team trade.

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Ariza is on his way to the Oklahoma City Thunder (along with Justin Jackson of the Dallas Mavericks), while back up PG Delon Wright is on his way to Detroit.

The Mavericks received James Johnson from the Thunder.

A native of Los Angeles, Wright was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, where he spent nearly four years before being dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies in during the 2018-19 season.

In 73 games with the Dallas Mavericks last season, Wright averaged 6.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Report: Detroit Pistons to sign free agent F Jerami Grant

According to a report from Shams Charania, the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a 3-year, $60 million deal with F Jerami Grant.

Grant, who is 26, averaged 12 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists with the Denver Nuggets during the 2019-20 season.

Updated: Christian Wood signs with Houston Rockets

UPDATE:

According to James Edwards III, Wood’s deal with the Rockets is actually worth near $14 million per season. This makes much more sense.

ORIGINAL REPORT:
According to reports, former Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood is close to finalizing a 3-year, $27 million deal with the Houston Rockets.

Wood, who just turned 25, averaged 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 62 games with the Pistons during the 2019-20 season.

In the 12 games Wood started at the end of the season, he averaged 21.9 points and 9.4 rebounds.