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  1. Corey Maggette, front office executive? That’s what he wants.

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    Certain guys you see going through the NBA and you think, “that guy could move into the front office seamlessly. Chauncey Billups is a guy right now that fits that mold and he could get a shot with the Pistons. Corey Maggette? He wants it to happen and has taken steps that way, according to…

  2. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  3. Behind the scenes with Chauncey Billups during his return to the Pistons (VIDEO)

    Jul 28, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Joe Dumars

    Chauncey Billups returned to the Pistons in free agency, the team where he made a name for himself after winning a Finals MVP award back in 2004. Billups was traded away in the ill-fated deal that brought Allen Iverson to Detroit in 2009, but he’s back to finish his career in the place where he…

  4. Pistons might keep Chauncey Billups around after this season… in the front office

    Jul 28, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Joe Dumars

    When the Detroit Pistons brought back Chauncey Billups on a two-year contract — $2.5 million a year with a team option on the second year — there were questions about the move in some corners. But in the short term for a growing team, I like it. Billups doesn’t bring a whole lot on the…

  5. First guess at who makes Team USA for 2014 World Championships

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    The FIBA World Cup – the basketball World Championships coming to Spain next summer — don’t play as big in the United States as the Olympics. It can get overlooked… unless Team USA loses, then newspaper columnists who hadn’t given the thing a sideways glance will pontificate on how this is some kind of disaster.…

  6. Hawks sign Pero Antic

    Jul 26, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

    Olympiakos' Antic celebrates victory against CSKA Moscow after their Euroleague Final Four semi-final basketball game at the O2 Arena in London

    The Hawks have been re-tooling a team that earned the No. 6 seed last season and tied the Pacers heading into Game 5 of their first-round series. Paul Millsap replaces Josh Smith. Elton Brand replaces Ivan Johnson. Dennis Schroeder replaces Devin Harris. Mike Budenholzer replaces Larry Drew. Lou Williams is getting healthy. Free agents Jeff…

  7. Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis shine in USA Basketball showcase

    Jul 26, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    LAS VEGAS — The White team beat the Blue team 128-106 in the USA Basketball intra-squad showcase that put a bow on a four-day mini-camp held in Las Vegas this week, but the event was about anything but this game’s final score. The powers that be were looking for mostly intangibles from players in terms…

  8. Rosters set for Thursday’s USA Basketball intra-squad showcase

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes

    LAS VEGAS — USA Basketball will wrap up its four-day mini-camp on Thursday with an intra-squad showcase that will be played in front of fans at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, and televised nationally on NBA TV. The rosters have been set for what is essentially an All-Star game where the…

  9. Pistons Monroe brushes off trade rumors, says he doesn’t want change

    Jul 24, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT

    Greg Monroe

    It’s going to be an interesting season in Detroit. Bringing in Josh Smith is a talent upgrade for the Pistons, a big one and an expensive one (four years, $56 million). But it’s also one that makes for some interesting matchups for new coach Mo Cheeks to deal with — Andre Drummond is the center…

  10. Report: Foot surgery could mean Orlando’s Davis to miss start of season

    Jul 24, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

    Glen Davis

    Glen Davis broke his foot back on Jan. 30 and was forced to miss the rest of the season. Then a couple weeks ago Big Baby had a second surgery to replace a screw in his foot from the first surgery. That’s a lot of foot surgeries for a guy whose job it is to…

  11. Sprained ankle to keep Taj Gibson out of Team USA mini-camp

    Jul 19, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Chicago’s Taj Gibson’s blend of size and athleticism makes him an interesting fit for what Team USA likes to do — press on defense, create turnovers then get out and run. Play to your strengths, and with the USA that is the level and depth of athleticism. But a sprained ankle is going to keep…

  12. Jason Maxiell to sign two-year, $5 million contract with Magic

    Jul 18, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Glen Davis, Jason Maxiell, Kyle Singler, Brandon Knight

    When several veterans boycotted a Pistons shootaround a couple years ago, no more-tenured player showed up than Jason Maxiell. Maxiell has spent eight seasons with the Pistons, quietly going about his business. His weight was an issue at times after signing a four-year, $20 million extension, but he got back into shape a couple seasons…

  13. Joe Dumars calls Andre Drummond untouchable, but what about Greg Monroe?

    Jul 17, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Lawrence Frank, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond

    Just six other players have matched the per-minute scoring, rebounding and blocking rates Andre Drummond posted last season (minimum: 400 minutes). Most of them are in the Hall of Fame. Bill Walton did it ages 22 and 24, Robert Parish at 25, Hakeem Olajuwon at 27 and 28 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 28. Another likely…

  14. Chauncey Billups: Joe Dumars apologized to me

    Jul 17, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Joe Dumars

    Chauncey Billups and Joe Dumars had a falling out after the latter traded the former to the Nuggets in 2008. Billups wanted to retire in Detroit, and though his hometown Nuggets weren’t a completely undesirable destination, he just signed a long-term extension with the Pistons. But those ingredients alone don’t warrant bitterness. Players getting traded…

  15. Joe Dumars denies Brandon Knight-for-Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings trade talks

    Jul 16, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings

    The Pistons talking to the Celtics about trading Brandon Knight for Rajon Rondo or the Bucks about Brandon Jennings in general – not true, according to Joe Dumars. Via Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press: “Never happened, never even a conversation about Brandon,” Dumars said of the Boston Globe report over the weekend. “And…

  16. Chauncey Billups: I expect to start at point guard for Pistons

    Jul 16, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Joe Dumars

    Brandon Knight has started at point guard the last two seasons for the Pistons, though he hasn’t played particularly well. Rodney Stuckey started at the position the two years prior, again struggling as a playmaker, which is why Knight replaced him. Before that, Chauncey Billups manned the position for seven seasons, doing an exceptional job,…

  17. Kawhi Leonard to skip USA Basketball mini-camp; George Hill, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added to the roster

    Jul 16, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    USA Basketball will hold a four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas following the conclusion of Summer League beginning on July 22, and while the roster was originally set to include Kawhi Leonard, that will no longer be the case. Leonard will miss the mini-camp “while rehabbing from a long season,” USA Basketball announced on Tuesday via…

  18. Report: Brandon Jennings does not want to return to Bucks

    Jul 16, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    This was probably true even before the Bucks made a run at Jeff Teague — remember a year ago Brandon Jennings changed agents and it was believed because he wanted the new guy to get him out of Milwaukee and to a bigger market. But now comes another report that Jennings does not want to…

  19. Report: Timberwolves rejected trading ‘minimal’ for Tayshaun Prince

    Jul 15, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Alexey Shved, Tayshaun Prince

    The four-year, $28 million contract Tayshaun Prince signed with the Pistons in 2011 didn’t necessarily make him overpaid, but it was definitely too long. Prince will make $7,235,955 and $7,707,865 the next two seasons, seasons that will end with him 34 and 35 years old. He played fairly well for an improved Grizzlies team, but…

  20. Mavericks’ first round pick Shane Larkin suffers broken ankle, out 2-3 months

    Jul 12, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Shane Larkin, Ricky Ledo, Gal Mekel, Rick Carlisle, Donnie Nelson

    LAS VEGAS — Just as we were discussing top draft picks who will miss Summer League due to injury, we get word of another one to add to that list. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Shane Larkin, the Dallas Mavericks’ 1st-round pick, broke his ankle in summer league practice, sources told Y! Could be…

  21. Pistons waive everyone’s favorite second-round pick, Kim English

    Jul 11, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Kim English, MarShon Brooks

    Before the season, John Schuhmann of NBA.com surveyed rookies about their fellow first-year players. The Pistons’ Kim English finished fifth for best defender and fourth for best shooter. He even received votes for “Which rookie will have the best career?” one of two second rounders to receive a nod for that most-important question. English is,…

  22. Pistons won’t amnesty Charlie Villanueva

    Jul 11, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    The Pistons already made their big move – signing Josh Smith – and their small moves (signing Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome and re-signing Will Bynum). They might still have a little cap room left to make another small signing, but they’re already over the roster limit including their draft picks, so adding the caliber…

  23. Andre Drummond shows why he was best player at Orlando Summer League (VIDEO)

    Jul 11, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Detroit’s Andre Drummond was the best player at the Orlando Summer League. Celtics fans, I hear you about the good week Kelly Olynyk had (we’ve written about it) but Drummond was simply more dominant. And I mean dominant in a “I know I can be a star at the NBA level” kind of way, not the “I…

  24. Report: Chauncey Billups agrees to two-year deal to return to the Pistons

    Jul 11, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

    billups pistons

    Four years after being traded away from the team he led to an NBA title back in 2004, Chauncey Billups has agreed to return home. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Chauncey Billups has reached agreement on a two-year contract to return to the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The deal will be worth $5…

  25. NBA’s amnesty window open, here are three candidates to watch

    Jul 10, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The NBA’s amnesty window is open — from now until July 16, teams that haven’t used their one-time amnesty provision since the lockout can wipe one contract off the official books, so long as that is a contract they signed before the lockout. Which means there are only 13 teams and 34 total players where…

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