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Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Monroe's lingering contract situation won't affect his workload in 2014-15, the Oakland Press reports.
Impact: Neither Monroe nor coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy would divulge details of their offseason negotiations, but the big man will more or less hold a significant role in the frontcourt with Josh Smith and Andre Drummond. To start the season, Monroe will serve a two-game suspension for driving while visually impaired, which all but ensures Smith and Drummond compose the starting frontcourt on opening night. No matter, the trio are all expected to log 30-plus minutes per game this season, thereby aiding Monroe's quest to achieve 30 or more double-doubles for a fourth consecutive season.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith intends to avoid the three-ball and place his offensive focus in the post during the 2014-15 season, the FOX Sports Detroit reports.
Impact: After inking a four-year, $56 million contract with the Pistons last summer, Smith proceeded to gun from the outside, putting up a career-high 265 attempts from beyond the arc. Because he couldn't surpass his career mark -- 28 percent versus 26 in 2013-14 -- new coach and general manager Stan Van Gundy has seemingly convinced the forward that the team is best served if Smith focuses his efforts near the paint. The last season in which more than half of his shots occurred at the rim was 2009-10 -- 616 of 999 -- which is unlikely to come to pass next to Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. However, a modest change in Smith's shot selection should result in a rebound of his shooting percentage, which has historically resided in the mid-40s but fell to a career-worst 42 percent last year.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gray will miss camp after suffering a "cardiac episode" in late-August.
Impact: Little is known about Gray's "episode," but obviously any type of heart issue is going to be taken seriously. The veteran will be held out of training camp, and his status for the preseason looks to be up in the air. Gray's absence leaves the Pistons thin up front behind starters Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. The team also signed journeyman Hasheem Thabeet to a camp deal last week.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings added 25 pounds of muscle this offseason, the Detroit News reports.
Impact: Jennings hopes the added weight helps on defense and when he's attacking the rim. Despite setting a career-high in assists (7.6) last season, Jennings was disappointed with his performance during his first campaign in Detroit. The 25-year-old point expects to put together a bounce-back campaign under first-year Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown signed a training camp deal with the Pistons.
Impact: The 6-5 point guard spent time with the Sixers but was waived late in the season. A productive college player, Brown offers elite size for the position but hasn't proven capable of scoring efficiently at the pro level.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cook signed a training camp deal with the Pistons.
Impact: The veteran has not played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season, but he'll have an outside shot to make the roster in camp. Last season, Cook spent training camp with the Jazz but was waived prior to the regular season.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thabeet is expected to sign a non-guaranteed deal with the Pistons in advance of training camp, ESPN reports.
Impact: Thabeet signing with Detroit gives him a chance to make the Pistons' roster during training camp. At 7-3, the former No. 2 overall pick has averaged just 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 10.5 minutes throughout his previous five seasons.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Singler has been told to study the power-forward playbook for the Pistons in case coach Stan Van Gundy wants to play the small forward at power forward in some smaller lineups, the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Singler is a rangy small forward who lacks physical girth, which is one reason why he spent a lot of time at shooting guard over the last two seasons. With Van Gundy taking over as the Pistons' head coach this season and Jodie Meeks coming to the team in free agency, it's expected that Singler will spend most of his time at small forward this season and occasionally receive exploratory minutes as a stretch four. At 6-8, 230 pounds, Singler has the length to play an undersized power forward, but he would give up a lot on defense if asked to defend a traditional power forward.