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Report: Pistons signing Eric Griffin

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The Pistons have 17 players with guaranteed contracts plus Adonis Thomas ($60,000 guaranteed), and they might sign Eric Moreland.

But they clearly value training-camp competition.

So, they’ll also add Eric Griffin.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Griffin’s leverage has fallen. He got $150,000 guaranteed last season from the Mavericks, who cut him before the regular season.

Why couldn’t Griffin get more this year? Dallas assigned his rights to its D-League affiliate. Because the Texas Legends now hold Griffin’s rights, the Pistons can’t assign Griffin to their affiliate if they waive him.

So – unless they just want another practice body, which is possible – that indicates the Pistons really like him. He’s not in camp just to funnel him to the Grand Rapids Drive.

Griffin is an explosive leaper who’s trying to develop NBA-level skill before his athleticism slips. The 25-year-old has played overseas and in the D-League since going undrafted out of Campbell in 2012.

It’ll be tough for him to make the Pistons’ regular-season roster. Griffin will have to best at least three players with guaranteed salaries. Danny Granger, Cartier Martin and Reggie Bullock are all candidates to be dropped. If Brandon Jennings is healthier than expected, Detroit might even consider waiving Steve Blake, despite trading for him this summer.

So, there’s a path for Griffin to make the team. It’s just extremely narrow.

Pistons sign Adonis Thomas, giving them 18 players with at least partially guaranteed contracts

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The Pistons already had a pretty crowded roster – 17 players with guaranteed contracts.

They’ll need to trim that to 15 by the start of the regular season, but for now, they’re going the opposite direction.

Pistons release:

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Adonis Thomas.

Jason Smith of The Commercial Appeal:

Thomas, a D-League All-Star for the Detroit Pistons-affiliated Grand Rapids Drive last season, will sign a two-year partially guaranteed deal with the Pistons today, his agent, Travis King, told the Commercial Appeal.

Thomas went undrafted out of Memphis in 2013. The 6-foot-6 wing has nice physical ability, but his skills lagged a bit behind NBA level when he turned pro. He has continued to develop since, and he’s on the cusp of being NBA-ready.

But it will be difficult for him to make the Pistons.

Danny Granger, whose career has been derailed by injury as he’s hit the wrong side of 30, is probably Detroit’s easiest cut. Cartier Martin and Reggie Bullock are competing for roster spots, too. It’s possible second-round pick Darrun Hilliard needs to prove his worth, but I doubt the Pistons waive him so soon after signing him.

So, Thomas would likely have to beat Martin and Bullock, both of whom have fully guaranteed contracts. Detroit might not mind eating those low-paying deals, but it would be cheaper just to waive the partially guaranteed Thomas.

The Pistons clearly like Thomas, and he’ll have a chance to prove himself in training camp. But this might end up being a way to funnel him some money to entice him to return to Detroit’s D-League affiliate rather than playing overseas next season.

Report: Pistons sign Darrun Hilliard to three-year contract

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It was a bit surprising when the Pistons picked Darrun Hilliard with the No. 38 pick in the draft.

But they obviously liked the 3-and-D wing from Villanova then, and they haven’t changed course.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

If the Pistons haven’t officially signed Reggie Jackson, who agreed to an $85 million deal, they could fit Hilliard into cap space. Otherwise, they had to use part of their room exception. (Minimum-salary exceptions can be for up to two years.)

Giving Hilliard three years makes sense, because it gives the Pistons his Bird Rights if he plays well through three years. With a partially guaranteed second season and non-guaranteed third season, the downside is low for Detroit.

The Pistons’ more-immediate challenge is trimming the roster. They’re committed to 17 players, including Jackson and Joel Anthony, who has yet to formally sign. Danny Granger and Cartier Martin are prime candidates to get waived, and Reggie Bullock could fall in that group, too. There’s no rush. Detroit doesn’t need to reach a 15-man roster until the regular season begins.

So, these battles could extend into training camp. The Pistons will explore trades in that time, too.

Really, it shouldn’t be out of question to waive Hilliard if other players shine in the preseason. But given the contract he got today, I’d be shocked if Detroit seriously considers it no matter how he plays before his rookie year.

Report: Lakers, Clippers, Spurs, Bulls, Knicks all interested in Caron Butler

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The Detroit Pistons shipped Caron Butler to Milwaukee as part of the Ersan Ilyasova trade, but the young Bucks had no real intention of keeping the veteran swingman around. He will be waived by the Bucks.

And there will be plenty of teams lined up for his services.

While his game has slipped as he’s entered his mid-30s, a number of teams see him as an affordable backup wing who can give him solid minutes. Shams Charania of Real GM says some teams looking for veteran help on the wing are lined up for Butler’s services.

After his release from the Milwaukee Bucks before July 1, Caron Butler has emerged as a candidate for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs, a league source told RealGM.

The Lakers and New York Knicks also expect to make an inquiry on Butler, a 13-year NBA veteran who has averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds for his career.

Butler can still knock down the three — 55 percent of his shots last season were from beyond the arc, and he hit 37.9 on those shots. For a potential contender such as Spurs or Clipper that is very valuable. It was more valuable to the Pistons than some of their young wings like Cartier Martin last season, but the Pistons are looking in other directions.

Doesn’t Butler strike you as the kind of veteran the Spurs bring in and he’s rejuvenated? If they have to let Danny Green go in the chase for LaMarcus Aldridge, Butler could step in at an affordable price and provide value.

Butler will not be off the board quickly, but there are going to be a lot of contenders interested, and you can expect Butler to go after a ring.

67RIEFNS No. 43: Stan Van Gundy developing Andre Drummond

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The NBA is full of talent, personality and suspense. During the offseason, It’s easy to forget how wonderful the league can be. So, I’ve assembled 67 Reasons I’m Excited For Next Season (67RIEFNS). They’ll be presented in no particular order.

For the first time since 2001, no center on the All-NBA first, second or third team was younger than 28. I’m not suggesting Joakim Noah (29), Dwight Howard (28) and Al Jefferson (29) are over the hill, but there is a clock on their reign.

Soon enough, another center will burst into national prominence.

How about about Andre Drummond?

Drummond is one of the NBA’s most-talented young players. He has ideal height and width, and he’s incredibly athletic for his size. He’s already the NBA’s best offensive rebounder and a great finisher at the rim.

But he can become so much more. His post moves are robotic, defensive rotations too often slow.

That’s where Stan Van Gundy comes in.

Detroit’s new coach helped mold Howard into the NBA’s premier pivot, and Drummond has the same type of upside.

In his role as Pistons president, Van Gundy added a few quality shooters this offseason. Jodie Meeks, Caron Butler, D.J. Augustin and Cartier Martin aren’t even sure-fire starters, but all four stretch the court. Whenever they’re on the court, offense will come easier for Drummond that it did last year, when the Pistons’ offense involved several players crashing the paint.

Defensively, Drummond needs more help from Van Gundy the coach. All the tools are there, but Drummond must more quickly recognize when and where to rotate. A little seasoning with experience should help, and I expect Van Gundy to only accelerate the process.

Drummond is just 21, and he’s already near an All-Star level. His future is bright. Van Gundy could make it even brighter.