Detroit Pistons Player News: All Positions

News: Wood's roster spot is in jeopardy after the Pistons agreed to a one-year contract with Joe Johnson, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Unless the team opens up a spot via trade, it's possible Wood loses out to the veteran Johnson. Wood has shown plenty of flashes throughout his time in the NBA, notably averaging 18.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and a combined 2.4 blocks/steals across the final seven games of last season.
News: Beasley (suspension) was waived by the Pistons on Thursday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Beasley signed a one-year deal with the Pistons in August. However, the franchise decided to go in a different direction with its veteran depth, replacing Beasley with Joe Johnson, who was out of the NBA last year while participating in the Big 3 league. If Beasley finds NBA work this season, he'll have to sit out the first five games he's available for due to a violation of the league's anti-drug policy.
News: The Pistons will likely take a more proactive approach in monitoring Griffin's workload this season, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
Impact: Griffin is coming off of a productive season in which he appeared in 75 games -- his most since 2013-14 -- but it came at a cost, as the veteran's body began to break down late in the year, causing him to miss two of the team's four first-round playoff contests. This time around, the Pistons are expected to be more cautious with Griffin, especially in back-to-back situations, and Langlois speculates that Griffin could ultimately end up being limited to fewer than 70 total games. That could put Detroit in a dicey situation when it comes to competing for a playoff spot, but the team added Markieff Morris to provide reliable depth behind Griffin -- something that wasn't necessarily there a season ago.
News: Sirvydis will remain overseas for the 2019-20 season.
Impact: The Pistons took the 19-year-old in the second round of June's draft and, as expected, he'll remain in Lithuania for at least one more season. Sirvydis, who played with Detroit at the Las Vegas Summer League, indicated his primary focus next season will be improving his body. "That was my main wish," Sirvydis said of adding strength. "After last season, I went to the United States right away and spent a month developing physical fitness. You see, I have added muscle, maybe the time is too small to make a big difference, but he does, I feel it. I will continue to work on it during the season and try to become even stronger."
News: Beasley signed a one-year deal with the Pistons on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Beasley will have to sit the first five games of the season after being handed a five-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy, but he then figures to join the frontcourt mix in Detroit. The 30-year-old spent last season with the Lakers, averaging 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 10.7 minutes across 26 games.
News: Wood was claimed off waiver by the Pistons on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wood has bounced around the league since debuting in 2015-16 for the 76ers. Since then, he's seen action for the Hornets, Bucks and Pelicans. He saw significant run for New Orleans down the stretch last season, averaging 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks across 23.6 minutes in eight appearances. In joining the Pistons, Wood will look to compete for a backup center job with Thon Maker.
News: Griffin (knee) was seen taking part in light basketball activities Tuesday, Rod Beard of The Detroit News
Impact: Griffin has slowly been making his way back from arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee back in late April, and it's definitely an encouraging sign to see him back on the basketball court at this point in the summer. The surgery was not something the Pistons were overly concerned about despite the All-Star's history with knee troubles, and the expectation remains that he will be ready for the start of the regular season.
News: Brown will not play for the remainder of summer league, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Brown isn't dealing with an injury, so it appears the Pistons have simply seen what they've needed to see from him, opting to preserve his health.
News: Brown finished with 11 points (5-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 14 rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks and a steal in the Pistons' win over the 76ers in the Las Vegas Summer League on Wednesday.
Impact: Brown produced a triple-double to lead the Pistons to a win over the 76ers and improve their record in the LVSL to 4-0. In his last three games, Brown has been on fire with averages of 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 8.7 assists. He'll look to keep up the strong play when the Pistons take the court this weekend in the final games of summer league play.
News: Uthoff finished with 17 points (6-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks across 21 minutes during the Pistons' 102-84 win over the Pacers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday.
Impact: Uthoff put together an excellent all-around line after averaging a more modest 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals across 19.0 minutes over his first two summer league games. The big man's only taste of NBA regular-season game action came during his rookie 2016-17 campaign with the Mavericks, when he averaged 12.8 minutes across nine games. He'll look to continue making a case for a reserve forward rule this season during the balance of summer league contests.
News: Brown provided 14 points (4-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals across 27 minutes during the Pistons' 102-84 win over the Pacers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday.
Impact: It was the second stellar performance for Brown in as many games, as he'd opened up his Las Vegas stint with a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double against the Trail Blazers on Saturday. Brown ended up averaging a solid 19.6 minutes across 74 games during his rookie campaign, and he currently slots in as a potential starter at shooting guard for the coming season.
News: Costello posted 20 points (6-7 FG, 8-9 FT), eight rebounds and two blocks across 21 minutes during the Pistons' 102-84 win over the Pacers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday.
Impact: Costello is looking to eventually carve out a reserve frontcourt role behind Andre Drummond and Thon Maker, and Monday's showing was certainly a good start in that regard. The former Michigan State Spartan averaged 10.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists over five games with Italian team Sidigas Avellino last season, and it appears the brief experience may have helped further his skills ahead of his current summer league tenure.
News: Brown had 17 points (6-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 assists, three rebounds, three blocks, and one steal in 29 minutes during Saturday's 93-73 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Brown has been a ballhawk defensively here in the summer league and continues to dominate the competition on both ends. This isn't a huge surprise given that Brown was a regular part of Detroit's rotation last season, but it's encouraging nonetheless.
News: Mykhailiuk collected 18 points (6-13 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 25 minutes during Saturday's 93-73 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Mykhailiuk returned to action for the first time since his mid-April surgery on his broken left index finger. He showed off the shooting stroke that has always been his number one calling card, and Mykhailiuk will look to continue showcasing his ability to score from the perimeter since that's among the team's biggest needs.
News: King went scoreless on two attempts from the field, adding two rebounds and a block across 10 minutes in the Pistons' win over Team Croatia in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday.
Impact: King went undrafted in this year's draft after one productive season at Oregon. He got 10 minutes of action on Friday and couldn't convert either of his shot attempts. The 6'9 forward was able to chip in two boards and a block and will take the court again on Saturday against the Trail Blazers.
News: Sirvydis totaled three points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and one rebound across three minutes in the Pistons' 96-80 win over Team Croatia in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday.
Impact: This year's No. 37 pick saw just three minutes of action in his Summer League debut, draining a three-ball and grabbing one rebound. The Lithuanian product will look to get more involved when Detroit takes on Portland on Saturday.
News: Doumbouya will not play in Friday's summer league opener due to a right hamstring strain, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: The Pistons are opening summer league against a Croatian club, so the rookie won't be missing out on going up against any other NBA talent. He is being considered day-to-day, so Doumbouya could be back for Saturday's game against Portland.
News: Morris has agreed to a two-year contract with the Pistons for the bi-annual exception, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Morris saw his role reduced significantly last season, garnering his fewest minutes per game since his rookie year. Though he struggled shooting the ball, Morris still provided value as a rebounder. It's possible he'll be able to find his touch again in a new environment. Morris will presumably back up Blake Griffin at power forward, and he could see some minutes as a small-ball center.
News: Mykhailiuk (finger) is listed on the Pistons' Las Vegas Summer League roster, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As a second-year player who saw action in 42 games between the Lakers and Pistons as a rookie, Mykhailiuk may not be asked to play extended minutes during the summer slate. That said, his inclusion on the roster implies that he's made a full recovery from the procedure he required in April to address a broken left index finger. The 22-year-old will look to impress in whatever run he sees in Las Vegas with the hope of cracking the Pistons' rotation once the regular season arrives.
News: Frazier and the Pistons have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Frazier spent time with the Bucks and Pelicans last season, and he'll come to Detroit as the likely third point guard behind Reggie Jackson and Derrick Rose. The former Penn State standout is capable of strong assists production when given the opportunity, but he's unlikely to be fantasy-relevant on a consistent basis.
News: Rose (elbow) and the Pistons have agreed to terms on a two-year, $15 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: After splitting the 2017-18 season between Cleveland and Minnesota, Rose had a resurgent 2018-19 season with the Wolves, averaging 18.0 points and 4.3 assists in just over 27 minutes per contest. The former MVP will head east to Detroit, where he'll likely be penciled in as the primary backup to Reggie Jackson. Given the Pistons' relative lack of backcourt depth, however, there's a chance Rose could end up spending considerable time at the two, as well.
News: King agreed Monday with the Pistons on a two-way contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: King went undrafted last week after entering the professional ranks following a freshman campaign at Oregon in which he averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 boards, 1.9 three-pointers and 1.3 assists in 30.5 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-9 forward will now have the opportunity to have his development overseen by Detroit as one of the organization's two two-way players. The two-way arrangement will allow King to spend up to 45 days at the NBA level as a rookie, though he's expected to see the bulk of his action in the G League with the Grand Rapids Drive.
News: Bone intends to sign a two-way contract with the Pistons, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: As a late second-round pick in last week's draft, Bone would face an uphill battle to crack Detroit's opening night roster had he agreed to a traditional contract with limited guaranteed money. The two-way pact will allow Bone to stick within the organization, though most of his opportunities as a rookie are likely to come in the G League with the Grand Rapids Drive.