July 30th, 2014 at 2:02 PM
By Sean Walters
Representing your country is a special privilege for anyone, and is a right that Andre Drummond will surely get to exercise this Fall. The FIBA Basketball World Cup tips off August 30th, and when it does Drummond is all but assured a spot on the team.
Right now NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and Stephen Curry among others are practicing together along with Drummond to see who will make the USA squad for next month’s World Cup. Derrick Rose is even back from injury for the first time in eight months to try to make the team better.
So with all these stars ready to represent, what is the one thing that the squad is lacking? Big men. Guys like Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin have all bowed out of the competition leaving big shoes for guys like Drummond to fill.
Other post players vying for a spot on the squad include the previously mentioned Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Kenneth Faried, and Paul Millsap. A strong group of unique talents, but certainly guys that Drummond will compete with. Drummond is really the only true center on the roster other than Cousins (And some would argue that Cousins is more power forward because of his game.) His unique talents will certainly be needed to do the dirty work for Team USA, and his presence in the paint will pay huge dividends.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 22nd, 2014 at 2:35 PM
By Sean Walters
On July 1st if you would have said Greg Monroe won’t have signed a contract, much less even an offer sheet by July 22nd most would have laughed. But here we are three weeks in to the free agency period and Monroe’s market summed up in a word would be; deliberate.
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The newest rumor circulating is that the Phoenix Suns may be interested in signing Monroe to an offer sheet. For now it still seems pretty unlikely seeing as the Suns still have their own restricted free agent in Eric Bledsoe they are looking to re-sign. As of today the Suns president Lon Babby has said that he “Expects” Bledsoe to re-sign with the Suns. If they do re-sign Bledsoe that would certainly be a big dent to the idea of signing Monroe. The Suns have the cap space for both players, but would give up long-term cap flexibility if they were to commit to both guys long-term. The Suns have already done some wheeling and dealing in free agency prying Isaiah Thomas away from the Kings (A talent the Pistons were interested in) and may not want to commit all their cap room in one off-season.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 17th, 2014 at 5:54 PM
By Sean Walters
Today rumors of a trade sending Josh Smith to the Sacramento Kings have re-surfaced, and the chances are that it may get done. Original talks broke down, but after the free agency period has started to sort itself out both teams still seem interested to get this deal done.
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The motivation from the Pistons side is clear, their big lineup of Smith, Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe was a nightmare last year. Either Smith or Monroe should be on the way out of Detroit, and the Pistons certainly hope that it is Smith. His huge contract, and overall lackluster performance on the court have left everyone wanting more, and wanting Smith out the door.
Moving Smith would make tons of sense on and off the court for the Pistons. They would take back much less salary in the deal which would open up some extra space to try to sign Monroe to a long term contract. Monroe is said to be mulling a long-term pact from the Pistons, but the sides are still apart on money. While the Pistons don’t want to sell the farm (give max money) to Monroe, the extra space opened up by moving Smith could be the difference in the negotiations.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 15th, 2014 at 5:24 PM
By Sean Walters
Stan Van Gundy has wasted no time tinkering with the Detroit Pistons roster and two more moves came today. The Pistons released Peyton Siva and Josh Harrellson to make room on the roster for some new faces.
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With the Pistons drafting Spencer Dinwiddie and adding D.J. Augustin through free agency there just wasn’t room for Siva on the roster. Siva was drafted two years ago in the second round, and has really never broken in to the rotation in Detroit. Even if the Pistons don’t get much from Dinwiddie this season Augustin is clearly an upgrade over Siva, and will provide some outside shooting that just isn’t in Siva’s game.
Last season in Chicago Augustin was a steadying force for the Bulls after they lost Derrick Rose. Augustin was the scoring punch the Bulls were sorely lacking offensively, and did a nice job coming off the bench. He struggles defensively, but will lead the second unit, and take away some of the scoring pressure from the starters.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 11th, 2014 at 12:57 PM
By Sean Walters
The world has been waiting for Lebron James to make his decision, and we all now know, Lebron will be returning to Cleveland. He informed the world in a heart-felt letter saying “Who am I to hold a grudge?” A 180 degree turn from “The Decision”, and while we know what this means for the Cavs, we will now be waiting to see the shockwaves sent around the league.
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First things first, NBA free agency will officially re-commence. All of the major players (including Greg Monroe) had been waiting on this momentous decision from Lebron, and now that it has been made the pieces will begin to fall into place. It seems Chris Bosh will be heading out to Houston, and Dwyane Wade will remain in Miami. The original “Big Three” may be broken up, but that may not stop a new big three from forming in Cleveland.
The Cavs will be working to create the best supporting cast possible around Lebron which may consist of adding guys like Ray Allen, Mike Miller, and possibly Kevin Love. Everyone knows Love is available for the right price, and that price may just be Andrew Wiggins, and some other assets (including a first round pick from Miami that could now prove to be very valuable.)Read more... Join the Conversation...