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Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dinwiddie (knee) was a full participant in Monday's practice.
Impact: The hope is that the second-round pick will be ready to play in Thursday's exhibition finale, which would be his first action of the preseason. At 6-6 with superior passing skills (and a superior mustache), Dinwiddie is an intriguing prospect who fell in the draft after tearing his ACL in January. His upside as a player is considerable, but he's currently stuck behind both Brandon Jennings and D.J. Augustin on the depth chart.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (ankle) did not practice Monday.
Impact: Smith sustained a minor ankle injury during Saturday's preseason game. Coach Stan Van Gundy said Smith could have returned to the game, so it doesn't look like anything serious, but he's likely being held out as a precaution.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown was released by the Pistons on Monday, MLive's David Mayo reports.
Impact: The point guard will likely catch on with a D-League team, but for now he can be largely ignored in fantasy leagues.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cook was released by the Pistons on Monday, MLive's David Mayo reports.
Impact: The veteran big man may struggle to find any kind of role on an NBA team this season.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thabeet was released by the Pistons on Monday, MLive's David Mayo reports.
Impact: It's somewhat hard to fathom the former No. 2 overall pick not catching on with another NBA team, given his size, but for now his fantasy value for the upcoming season is almost non-existent.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings finished with 16 points (5-13 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 assists, four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over the Hawks.
Impact: Saturday's impressive outing was easily Jennings best performance of the preseason. D.J. Augustin has put together a string of three consecutive quality performances, including a 14-point effort on Saturday, but the Pistons appear set to roll with Jennings as the starter. Jennings' shortcomings (poor field-goal percentage, spotty defense) are well known at this point, but he's still plenty productive in scoring, assists, threes and steals to deploy as a steady PG2 in most formats.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Monroe played 21 minutes off the bench in Saturday's preseason win over the Hawks. He finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Impact: First-year Pistons head coach has been rolling out different starting lineups and rotations all preseason, with Monroe getting looks both as a starter and reserve. The team isn't expected to roll out a jumbo starting five with Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith like they did all last season, which means Monroe might have to get used to playing a reserve role. As Monroe's line from Saturday night showed, there are still plenty of minutes available in the Pistons' frontcourt for all three of their star big men to provide fantasy value. Owners looking to target Monroe in drafts should keep in mind that the power forward/center will miss the first two games of the regular season due to suspension.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Drummond had another big preseason outing Saturday, finishing with 19 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in a win over the Hawks.
Impact: Through six preseason games, Drummond is averaging 15.7 points, 11 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.2 steals. The only problematic category for the young center is free-throw percentage, as he went just 1-of-7 from the charity stripe Saturday and is hitting just 38 percent (16-of-42) of his freebie attempts this preseason. If Drummond starts to take more free-throw attempts this season, his value in rotisserie formats could actually drop, even with improvements in other categories. But the 21-year-old will be a monster in head-to-head leagues this season, and he will still be plenty useful in rotisserie leagues given his stellar production in multiple categories.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith suffered a minor ankle injury in Saturday's preseason win over Atlanta, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
Impact: Coach Stan Van Gundy said Smith could have gone back in after suffering the injury, but there was no sense in risking anything for a preseason game. Smith should be fine for Thursday's game against the 76ers.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The Boston Celtics have traded Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for guard Will Bynum.
Impact: Anthony has averaged 2.3 points and 3 rebounds in his seven years in the league. He spent the first six years with the Miami Heat before he was traded to the Celtics in January. He scored 22 points in 21 games after coming to Boston.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anthony has been traded to the Pistons ESPN reports.
Impact: Anthony has been shipped to the Pistons in exchange for guard Will Bynum. Anthony served as a reserve big man for the Celtics, and should carry that role on as he moves to Detroit. He will play behind centers Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, and will not have much fantasy value unless one of the aforementioned players gets hurt or traded.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caldwell-Pope (knee) is in line for an expanded role after the Pistons announced Jodie Meeks (back) would miss at least eight weeks.
Impact: Caldwell-Pope is dealing with a left knee strain, which will keep him sidelined for a couple more preseason games, but the second-year shooting guard now seems to have a direct path to the starting lineup with Meeks on the shelf. While we'll still need to see if Caldwell-Pope can avoid any injury setbacks and earn the starting gig, he certainly becomes a more interesting late-round dart with Meeks out of the picture for the first quarter of the regular season.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Singler could see time at shooting guard with Jodie Meeks (back) expected to miss two months, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Meeks' injury opens the door for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who's dealing with a knee injury right now, to likely step into the starting role once the regular season tips off. After the Pistons' offseason moves, Singler was expected to see most of his action at small forward this year, but his versatility and previous experience at shooting guard allows the Pistons to use him at the two when injuries force their hand. The third-year wing should see a slight uptick in minutes while Meeks is out.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin started at shooting guard Wednesday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds and two treys in 30 minutes.
Impact: Don't read too much into Martin's starting nod, as both Jodie Meeks (back) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) were sidelined with injuries. Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy has stated that he'll be toying around with starting lineups and rotations throughout the preseason, and Wednesday marked Martin's look at extending run. Even if multiple wings miss time during the regular season, the Pistons would likely turn to Caron Butler and/or Kyle Singler before giving Martin an opportunity at starter-lever minutes.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith started at small forward in Wednesday's preseason win over the Hornets. He finsihed with 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 FT, 1-2 3Pt), 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and five turnovers in 34 minutes.
Impact: The Pistons have used a different starting lineup in each of their four preseason tilts. Smith has been a part of the starting unit in three of the fours games, but Wednesday marked his first starting appearance at small forward. He was joined by Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in the starting frontcourt, which is the same disastrous starting lineup Detroit rolled out for the majority of the 2013-14 campaign. It remains unlikely that both Smith and Monroe will be a part of the starting lineup this season, but both big men will continue to see heavy minutes.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anthony (groin) has played 30 minutes over the Celtics' past two preseason games.
Impact: Anthony dealt with a groin issue to begin the preseason, but was eased back into action last Wednesday by playing eight minutes versus the Knicks. Following that workout, Anthony increased his involvement to 22 minutes in Saturday's second game against New York, putting any injury concerns in the past.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Meeks is expected to miss about eight weeks because of a stress reaction of his lower back.
Impact: Meeks signed a $19.5 million, three-year deal with the Pistons this offseason. He was diagnosed with back spasms last week and had additional testing done because of continuing discomfort. Meeks started 70 games last season, averaged a career-high 15.7 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dinwiddie (knee) could play in the Pistons' preseason finale on Oct. 23, David Mayo of MLive.com reports.
Impact: The rookie out of Colorado is nearing the end of his lengthy recovery from a torn ACL and has been participating in full-court, 5-on-5 drills of late. Even if he doesn't play in the preseason finale, Dinwiddie figures to be ready within the first week or two of the regular season. The question is whether he'll crack Stan Van Gundy's rotation, which seems doubtful at this point, especially given his limitations throughout camp.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Meeks (back) has a stress reaction in his lower back and will likely be sidelined for a few months.
Impact: This is obviously a significant blow to the Pistons, who brought Meeks in as a free agent this offseason. He'll likely be out until late-December or early-January, opening the door for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to grab a firm hold on the starting shooting guard job once he returns from a knee sprain. Meeks' absence could also mean increased minutes for Kyle Singler and veteran Caron butler.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caldwell-Pope (knee) will miss the Pistons' next three preseason games, before being re-evaluated next week, the Oakland Press reports.
Impact: Caldwell-Pope suffered a left knee strain Sunday and fortunately a Monday MRI revealed no structural damage. Nonetheless, the second-year swingman will be held out of Detroit's three preseason games on the road this week. Following that rest period, KCP will be re-examined next week, putting his earliest possible return date at Oct. 23 versus the 76ers.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caldwell-Pope left Sunday's preseason game with a left knee injury.
Impact: Caldwell-Pope, who is off to a strong start this preseason, exited Sunday's matchup with the Wizards after scoring 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt) in 24 minutes. Little is known about the nature and severity of the injury at this time, but further updates will be available once details emerge. If Caldwell-Pope misses any time, Jodie Meeks could gain an edge in the battle for the starting shooting guard spot.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Drummond led the Pistons with 21 points in preseason action Sunday.
Impact: Drummond made all nine of his shots with several rim-rattling dunks that reverberated through the arena.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caldwell-Pope (knee) suffered a left knee sprain in Sunday's preseason game against the Wizards.
Impact: Caldwell-Pope will be further evaluated when the team returns to Detroit, but at this point it looks as though he'll miss more than just a day or two. The Pistons are yet to provide an estimated return date, but if he's out for an extended period, Jodie Meeks figures to be the primary beneficiary.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Drummond scored 21 points (9-9 FG, 3-10 FT) to go with seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks in Sunday's exhibition loss to the Wizards.
Impact: The news here is that Drummond's foot appears to be okay, after reports surfaced earlier this month suggesting he was battling some soreness. Drummond certainly didn't look hampered at all Sunday, posting the dominant stat line in only 29 minutes.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Caldwell-Pope sprained his left knee in the third quarter in the Pistons' 91-89 exhibition loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
Impact: Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Caldwell-Pope will be looked at when the team returns to Detroit. "We'll re-evaluate it going forward," Van Gundy said. "We'll get him an MRI and we'll go from there, see what's going on." Caldwell-Pope is averaging 16.7 points through Detroit's first three preseason games after scoring 5.9 per game in his rookie season.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (groin) did not practice Saturday, MLive.com reports.
Impact: Smith's absence seems to have been more about maintenance, as the ailment was described as just "slight" groin tightness, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the Pistons took further precaution and held him out of Sunday's exhibition. Greg Monroe would presumably get the start in his place.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Meeks (back) did not practice Saturday, MLive.com reports.
Impact: A bout of back spasms kept Meeks from Thursday's exhibition as well as Friday's practice, and it seems his discomfort is still lingering. His chances of playing in Sunday's preseason game against the Wizards seem minimal.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dinwiddie (knee) participated in live 4-on-4 halfcourt work Friday, NBA.com's Keith Langlois reports.
Impact: He's slowly progressing, but doesn't figure to crack Detroit's rotation this season, at least not right away.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Meeks (back) didn't practice Friday, NBA.com's Keith Langlois reports.
Impact: He is dealing with back spasms, so it's unlikely that this carries into the regular season, although back issues occasionally crop back up. Meeks will cost next-to-nothing on draft day, yet he could return production resembling that of a poor man's Kyle Korver playing in Stan Van Gundy's offense.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin (shoulder) will play in Thursday's preseason contest versus Milwaukee.
Impact: Martin missed Detroit's exhibition opener Tuesday due to a sore right shoulder, but will make his Pistons' preseason debut Thursday. Expected to fill a depth role, Martin should get plenty of playing time during the preseason, as he looks to state his case for a place in the Pistons' rotation this season.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Meeks has been ruled out of Thursday's preseason game versus the Bucks due to back spasms.
Impact: Meeks' absence will allow rising second-year player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to start at shooting guard Thursday evening. Behind him, reserve Cartier Martin is expected to return from a shoulder problem. At the moment, it's unclear whether Meeks will be sidelined beyond Thursday because of his back spasms.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Gray will miss training camp and be out indefinitely after suffering a cardiac episode earlier this year.
Impact: Gray had the problem, and is still undergoing testing to find out exactly what needs to be done. Gray is getting multiple opinions, so there is no timeline on his return. "When you are a pro athlete, your body is how you make your living, so you know when something is wrong," he said.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin (sore right shoulder) is inactive for Tuesday's preseason game, MLive's David Mayo reports.
Impact: He likely wouldn't have played even if he was healthy, as coach Stan Van Gundy wants to use a 10-man rotation.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings (knee) is expected to play in Tuesday's preseason opener against the Bulls.
Impact: Jennings battled some minor knee soreness Monday, but his condition has improved to the point that he'll be ready to play against Derrick Rose and Co.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings (knee soreness) was limited in practice Monday, NBA.com's Keith Langlois reports.
Impact: He may end up missing or being limited in Tuesday's preseason opener, but the injury is not believed to be serious.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dinwiddie (knee) is progressing in his recovery, and went through 3-on-3 drills and 4-on-4 walkthroughs Monday, MLive's David Mayo reports.
Impact: He required surgery after tearing ACL while still in college at Colorado, but he could have been a first round pick had he stayed healthy. Assuming he continues to progress, he could be ready for game action close to the start of the regular season. However, given his lack of experience, he probably won't be given enough minutes to be much of a factor in fantasy leagues.