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Jared Sullinger, Gerald Wallace

Jared Sullinger recovers from "season-ending" injury, available for Celtics tonight


In February, the Celtics ruled out Jared Sullinger for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot.

Today, they ruled him back in.

Celtics release (via CSN Northeast):

The Boston Celtics announced today that Jared Sullinger’s metatarsal stress fracture has healed completely and that he will be available for this evening’s game at TD Garden against the Milwaukee Bucks.

“We are excited that Jared’s recovery progressed quicker than initially expected,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “Jared was extremely diligent in his rehab, repeatedly expressing his eagerness to help our team reach the postseason. He will be available in a limited role this weekend as he works his way back to 100 percent game shape.”

This is a major development for the Celtics, who are tied with the Heat for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. (Miami holds the tiebreaker.)

Sullinger, punctuality issues aside, had been starting for Boston. He can score inside and out, and he hits the glass hard. There are defensive issues, but at his best, he competes hard on that end.

Sullinger went down before the trade deadline, when the Celtics acquired Isaiah Thomas, Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome. Using those players to spread the floor, Boston has gone 14-10 since, the East’s fourth-best record in that span.

So, Sullinger will have to acclimate to his new teammates, but he’ll fit the style. And he makes the Celtics more dangerous.

Report: Pistons keeping Tayshaun Prince

Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

Tayshaun Prince – traded from the Celtics to the Pistons yesterdaymight want a buyout from Detroit.

Don’t expect him to get one.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Further, in his statement on the trade, Stan Van Gundy said of Prince: “He fills a position of need for us at small forward with his offensive and defensive versatility.”

After Detroit traded Kyle Singler to the Thunder, Prince will fill a void at small forward. The Pistons added a little salary in the Prince deal (which sent Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome to Boston), another sign they intend Prince to stick. If they didn’t want to keep him for the rest of the season, why make the trade? Obviously, they plan to keep him for the rest of his expiring contract.

Of course, if the Pistons stumble in their five games the rest of this month and Prince gives up enough money – he’s owed $2,493,721 the rest of the season – maybe they change their mind. As long as Prince is waived before March 1, he can join a playoff roster.

Report: Thunder trade Reggie Jackson to Pistons, get Enes Kanter from Jazz in three-team deal

D.J. Augustin, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Jackson

The Thunder wanted Enes Kanter.

The Pistons wanted a guard.

Reggie Jackson wanted to be traded.

Everyone got their wish – and then some.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:


David Alrdridge of NBA.com:

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

This is a nice haul for the Thunder, who didn’t want to overpay Jackson in free agency this summer. Kanter is solid and still has plenty of untapped potential, and D.J. Augustin is a very good backup point guard who’s under contract for a cheap $3 million next season.

Jackson is an exciting young upgrade in Detroit, where Brandon Jennings will complicate matters once he gets healthy. For now, Jackson is the clear starter. The Pistons are weaker on the wing, but Jackson is worth losing Kyle Singler. Jonas Jerebko wanted out, and Luigi Datome had no real value. Tayshaun Prince mitigates the loss, but he’s over the hill. At least he – like Jerebko and Datome – is on an expiring contract.

Expect the  Jazz to get a draft pick, but details are still trickling in.

Report: Nets and Pistons discuss Joe Johnson-Brandon Jennings trade

Brandon Jennings, Joe Johnson

The Nets want to trade Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and/or Deron Williams.

Lopez has been most-mentioned in trade reports, but Johnson has also drawn interest from the Hornets.

Another team in the Eastern Conference playoff race could also be exploring a Johnson trade.

Ohm Youngmisuk and Mike Mazzeo of ESPN

The Detroit Pistons have reached out to the Brooklyn Nets to inquire about the availability of former All-Star swingman Joe Johnson, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPNNewYork.com that no deal is imminent but said the teams have had exploratory discussions in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline about a trade package built around injured point guard Brandon Jennings and expiring contracts in exchange for Johnson.

Such a deal would look something like this:

  • Brandon Jennings
  • Jonas Jerebko
  • Caron Butler
  • Joel Anthony or Luigi Datome


  • Joe Johnson

The Nets would also need to include or waive two players – most likely from the group of Jerome Jordan, Darius Morris, Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson, each of whom has an expiring minimum contract.

But why would the Pistons do this?

Johnson’s $24,894,863 salary next season would wipe out their cap space. And for what? A declining 33-year-old – plus the loss of Jennings, who was playing exceptionally before his season-ending injury.

Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons won’t sacrifice future assets to chase a playoff spot, so it’s hard to see him making this deal. Maybe the Nets can leverage a better offer from Charlotte, which wouldn’t want to see Detroit improve, but that’s probably the upside for Brooklyn.

ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond

Last season: The Pistons went 29-53, their fifth straight losing season and fourth straight season outside the playoffs. Andre Drummond emerged as a possible franchise player, producing at elite levels to match his impressive physical profile. Greg Monroe also operated at a near-All Star level for the second straight season, though somewhat ignores his defensive shortcomings. But the surrounding talent was lacking, and Lawrence Frank’s coaching was too grating.

Signature highlight from last season: The first sequence was incredible. That Drummond could do it again with Dwyane Wade’s attention drawn is astounding.

Key player changes: Talent!

The Pistons signed Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome, sign-and-traded for Brandon Jennings and drafted Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tony Mitchell. It’s not entirely clear how those players fit together, but in isolation, they’re certainly better than what Detroit has had in recent seasons.

Brandon Knight, Jose Calderon and Jason Maxiell were lost in the process, minor casualties in the path of raising the Pistons’ ceiling.

The Pistons also exchanged Lawrence Frank for Maurice Cheeks.

Keys to the Pistons’ season:

1) How soon can Maurice Cheeks identify a viable rotation? The Pistons have three players who, individually, definitely deserve major roles: Andre Drummond, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe. Unfortunately, none of those three have have proven an ability to successfully shoot outside the paint, which could make floor spacing difficult when they share the court. Brandon Jennings stands a tier below, and he’ll also definitely play a big role. The next tier is packed with of varying skillsets, and it’s essentially comprised of the rest of the active roster. That’s a lot for the first-year coach to juggle. The Pistons’ early record, while Cheeks is experimenting with the rotation, could make the difference in whether they make the playoffs.

2) Is Andre Drummond the real deal? In limited minutes last season – obligatory boo, hiss for Lawrence Frank – Drummond played at an elite level. Whether he can maintain that production while playing longer stretches, likely including a higher percentage of his minutes coming against starters, will not only be crucial to the Pistons’ season, but also their long-term outlook.

3) Make the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Pistons, this isn’t a question. Joe Dumars’ job seems to hinge on whether this happens, plus Detroit owes the Bobcats at top-8 protected pick in the loaded 2014 draft. The Pistons are too good to finish with one of the league’s worst eight records. So barring lottery luck, missing the postseason would be an utter disaster for Detroit.

Why you should watch the Pistons: They’re really athletic, and athletic teams often do exciting things. Brandon Jennings has boasted Detroit will turn into Lob City with him tossing oops to Josh Smith and Andre Drummond. If the Pistons are committed to running – they haven’t been in a long time – this could be a fun team. Floor spacing, at least the shooting-outside-the-paint aspect, doesn’t matter as much in transition.

Prediction: 43-39. The Pistons should make they playoffs. Beyond the Heat, Pacers, Nets, Bulls and Knicks, the East is pretty open. Joe Dumars has sacrificed a little bit of long-term upside in order to maximize postseason odds for 2013-14, and in a season where tanking is even more incentivized than usual, he’s probably done enough. If everything comes together perfectly, the Pistons could win a playoff series, but more likely than not, this is a one-and-done team. Still, in Detroit, that’s major progress.