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Andre Drummond

Stan Van Gundy says Pistons will now talk contract extension with Andre Drummond

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The Detroit Pistons had some success near the end of the season with the Reggie Jackson/Andre Drummond pick and roll. This summer they locked up half that duo, paying Jackson more money than anyone else was going to.

Now they will turn their attention to Drummond.

Drummond is eligible for a contract extension this summer (it has to be signed by Oct. 31), and he’s a clear max player, he should get in the five-year, $90 million range of Damian Lillard and others. The Pistons are going to start talking to him about it, GM and coach Stan Van Gundy told Terry Foster of the Detroit News.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said the team will begin contract extension talks with center Andre Drummond in the next couple of weeks, with hopes of locking him up to a long-term contract — likely a maximum contract extension.

Here’s the rub: Van Gundy and the Pistons don’t want Drummond to sign that deal. At least not right now.

They want him to do what Kawhi Leonard did for the Spurs — wait a year, giving the Pistons more cap flexibility next summer. He’d still get the same max money, and the Pistons aren’t about to let him go, it’s simply about team building.

If Drummond signs this summer, he will count about $21 million against the cap in 2016-17. If he doesn’t sign then he becomes a restricted free agent and he’d count $8.1 million against the cap. That is a savings of nearly $13 million and the Pistons could use that to upgrade the talent around Drummond.

Here is the potential downside for Drummond. He will be a max player if he stays healthy. If he injures himself, the Pistons are under no obligation to give him a max deal. He could lose millions.

As we have seen this summer, NBA players like security. With good reason. This is Drummond’s chance to go from wealthy to “my family is set up for generations” money and why would you risk not locking that in right now?

Only because the other things you want in your NBA career — the chance to win and compete for rings — is more likely if he waits a year.

It’s not an easy choice. Drummond is a franchise cornerstone player, and if he wants a max deal right now he will get it. The Pistons will pay that man his money. They’d just like him to wait a little before signing on the dotted line.

Report: Kevin Seraphin drawing interest from Wizards, Lakers, Mavericks

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Kevin Seraphin is a solid NBA backup center who wanted to find a starting job somewhere this summer. I’m sorry Kevin, but it’s not going to work out that way.

He’s solid, but not really starter quality. Last season in Washington he played 15 minutes a night, scored 6.6 points on 51.3 percent shooting, grabbed 3.3 boards and was reliable nightly. He doesn’t have much shooting range, and in the past there have been issues with fouling and turnovers. That was enough to keep teams with starting spots looking elsewhere.

Washington would love to bring him back and have him behind Marcin Gortat in the rotation again. But they are not alone in the mix, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

The Suns and Spurs also have some interest.

Dallas makes sense, they will start Zaza Pachulia at the five and try to have shooters everywhere, Seraphin would get some good run behind him and be a quality change of pace. It has long been known that once DeAndre Jordan flipped on the Mavericks Seraphin became a big target of theirs.

The Lakers make less sense, they have Roy Hibbert and Robert Sacre under contract, plus they are bringing in rookie Robert Upshaw and giving him a chance to make the roster. Seraphin only makes sense if they don’t think Upshaw makes the team and they plan to move Sacre.

We know the Wizards want him back, we know that. The Suns already have Tyson Chandler and Alex Len at the five. The Spurs don’t have a more traditional big-body center with Tiago Splitter gone, but their roster seems fairly set.

Of course, the decision will come down to one thing: Money. Playing time too, but money wins out almost every time.

Jahlil Okafor shows off offensive potential vs. Lakers

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The Lakers couldn’t have gone wrong picking at No. 2, choosing between Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell. It will be three to five years before we know if the Lakers made the smarter choice, but there was not a bad one.

However, the polished Okafor was always more likely to be the better rookie. He showed some of that off against the Lakers in a summer league game Saturday, scoring 19 points (on 6-of-14 shooting), grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists, leading the Sixers in all three categories.

Once again, check out the patience, court awareness and footwork on this play.

Mark Cuban pretends he’s never heard of DeAndre Jordan (VIDEO)

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Mark Cuban has talked plenty about DeAndre Jordan’s decision to go back on his original verbal commitment to the Mavericks and re-sign with the Clippers.

Cuban talked about how Jordan didn’t call him, then didn’t take his apology.

But when Cuban went on the NBA TV broadcast from Summer League of his Mavericks and was asked about Jordan he dodged the issue in a pretty damn funny way.

Watch highlights of Karl-Anthony Towns impressive first Summer League game

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You can see where Karl-Anthony Towns has the chance to be special.

At moments he looked like what he is — a rookie in his first Summer League game, adjusting to a new style of play — but in parts of his debut against the Lakers Friday night you could see it. With some of the shots and passing, the way ne moves, there is the potential for him to be a real franchise cornerstone in Minnesota. He shot 4-of-10 for 11 points.

Brett Pollakoff of PBT was in Las Vegas for that game and spoke with Towns afterward, if you want more depth than a video check it out. If not, just replay what’s above.