Five Things To Watch: Detroit Pistons

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The Detroit Pistons are in another rebuilding phase, with longtime president Joe Dumars out and Stan Van Gundy taking over both as chief executive and coach. He inherits a roster that remains largely intact, with the addition of some much needed 3-point shooting. Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe are all back. Jennings and Smith are either untradeable or Van Gundy isn’t interested in selling low, while Monroe took the somewhat unprecedented step of spurning long-term contract offers

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SH Blog: Doc Rivers, Clippers expected to discuss new contract

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Los Angeles Clippers president of basketball operations and head coach Doc Rivers will not be waiting patiently in regards to discussing a contract extension with the organization. It is believed that negotiations between him and the Clippers are set to begin soon now that it’s pretty much business as usual for the Los Angeles franchise. This report comes after the league announced that Steve Ballmer has officially gained ownership of the Clippers franchise. Rivers served as the voice of the Clippers team during the playoffs when

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Eisenberg: Is Aron Baynes the next Bill Laimbeer?

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It might sound ridiculous to try to compare Aron Baynes, an undrafted reserve with four career starts, to Bill Laimbeer, a four-time All Star and NBA champion. However, the two have more in common than you would expect. Before Laimbeer became the ringleader for the Pistons’ Bad Boys and a namesake for a Super Nintendo videogame, he was an afterthought. Sandwiched in the draft between two players who never appeared in the NBA, Laimbeer – the 65th overall pick in 1979 – was forced to

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Tweet of the Day: Amid Roster Change, Drummond Staying With Zero

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The NBA offseason continues to roll along, complete with Kevin Love trade talks seeming to have spiked to an all-time high. If you’re interested, our own Chris Sheridan spoke with Dan Bickley on KTAR 98.7 regarding the latest on a potential trade. The Detroit Pistons have had a rather busy offseason. Theirs began with the hiring of a new head coach and president of basketball operations, Stan Van Gundy. Lacking a first round draft pick, they drafted Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, whom

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SH Blog: Cavs and Bulls battling for Kevin Love; Doc wants out if Sterling stays; Mirotic highest paid European rookie

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The Chicago Bulls, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets are now reportedly all in the mix for Kevin Love. Cleveland still appears to be the front-runner, but Chicago, if willing, can also put an enticing package together, especially if the Cavaliers insist on keeping number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins. 

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Tweet of the Day: Amid World Cup Insanity, NBA Free Agency Takes Action

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The United States Men’s National Team fought valiantly in losing 2-1 in extra time in Tuesday’s 2014 World Cup match against Belgium in the round of 16. Goalkeeper Tim Howard was amazing, amassing 16 saves. Yet, his near superhuman effort wasn’t enough. Meanwhile, back in the states, NBA free agency is underway. The Cleveland Cavaliers made waves by announcing that they had secured the future of their point guard, Kyrie Irving, by reaching an agreement on a five-year, $90 million max-contract

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Detroit Pistons Salaries and Analysis

DETROIT PISTONS 2014-15 Offseason Additions: G Jodie Meeks,  F Caron Butler, G D.J. Augustin, F Cartier Martin, C Aaron Gray 2014 Draft Picks: G-F Spencer Dinwiddie Draft Picks Coming: None Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under: Under the cap Amnesty Provision: UnavailablePLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18Josh Smith $13.500,000 $13,500,000 $13,500,000Brandon Jennings  $8,000,000 $8,340,000Jodie Meeks $6,000,000 $6,270,000 $6,540,000Greg Monroe $5,480,000Caron Butler $4,500,000 $4,500,000Jonas Jerebko $4,500,000D.J. Augustin $3,000,000 $3,000,000Will Bynum $2,920,000K. Caldwell-Pope $2,770,000 $2,890,000 $3,680,000 $4,960,000Andre Drummond $2,570,000 $3,270,000  $4,430,000Luigi Datome  $1,750,000Cartier Martin  $1,150,000  $1,270,000Kyle Singler $1,090,000Tony Mitchell  $820,000  $950,000Spencer Dinwiddie $700,000 $850,000 $980,000Aaron Gray  TBA  TBATOTAL SALARY $58,750,000 $44,980,000 $29,130,000 $4,960,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX

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