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Trans. Feb 29 6:40 ET (Feb 29 6:40 ET ) It's been a rough season for the Detroit Pistons but not all is lost, as some of their top young players have excelled and shown that they can be building blocks for a future playoff run. The best revelation so far has probably been the play of center/power forward Greg Monroe,...
Though the youth-laden Minnesota Timberwolves came up short in their opener, there was a lot to like about their performance against a playoff stalwart. The Detroit Pistons looked much less promising - and could be in for another tough night without Greg Monroe. Minnesota looks to claim the longest winning streak in series history Thursday night when it hosts Detroit. The Timberwolves opened their season on the road for the first time since 2000-01 with a 105-101 loss Wednesday at Memphis.
Greg Monroe has been suspended for the first three games this season, including Wednesday night.
The Scoop:This is old news, but just a reminder for his owners. Josh Smith is expected to start at power forward in his absence, although it's possible that Monroe will come off the bench once he's cleared after his three-game ban.
Not sure if you’ve heard, but with three days left to go before the two sides can agree on a contract extension, the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard aren’t seeing eye to eye on terms ( no pun intended ) of the potential deal! The same disconnect, weirdly, is also in place in Cleveland , where the Cavs and Tristan Thompson are attempting to get things together. Also, hey, listen – I know this is going to sound weird, but Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors are also having the same sort of difficulties. Jimmy Butler and the Bulls? Still workin’ on it. Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves? Attempting to try to place a dollar value on one of the weirder and more wonderful NBA players out there. Iman Shumpert and the Knicks? They have three days to figure out if he’s going to be a millstone or a cornerstone. Reggie Jackson and the Thunder? Both sides are counting dimes and taking their time. Tobias Harris? Enes Kanter? Kemba Walker? If you’re just catching up to the NBA after a lovely summer spent skipping stones and writin’ poems, let’s catch up. Players that entered the league in the 2011-12 season have until midnight Oct. 31 to agree on contract extensions with their incumbent teams. If an agreement cannot be reached, the players in question will head into the summer of 2015 as a restricted free agent – which means their current team can match any offer a competing team would officially send a player’s way. This was the case with Utah last summer, as they matched a deal that Charlotte offered Gordon Hayward at a ( currently ) wild four-years and nearly $63 million. If suitors are scared off by a move like Utah’s, refusing to bother negotiating with a restricted free agent they’d never get, a player could be caught in restricted free agency limbo. Such was the case for Detroit’s Greg Monroe and Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe a few months ago. Monroe decided to end the charade and play for the “Qualifying Offer,” a below-market value one-year deal (in Monroe’s case, nearly $5.5 million this season) that comes with trade restrictions this season (he basically has a no-trade clause, should he choose to utilize it) and the ability to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Suns eventually relented with Bledsoe, and signed him to a five-year, $70 million deal . It’s a juicy, not-all-that-complicated setup that creates intrigue and genuinely allows NBA teams to properly use the market to their advantage – something that was missing during the first batch of years that the league re-introduced restricted free agency, which led to the 2011 lockout. Teams would overpay without letting the players coming off of rookie deals sweat a bit, and the results were disastrous for fans. One of the many problems with that lockout was the way NBA owners and players waited until autumn to start getting serious about proposals and negotiation points, which led to the cancellation of games and a rushed, not-all-that-great NBA season. Alongside a rushed, not-all-that-great collective bargaining agreement. NBA teams and the players listed above had all of the 2014 summer to try and come up with contract extensions, and while several players did come to terms with their teams, too many are still left in the lurch. Neither the teams nor the players are at fault here, but the NBA’s season tips off for six teams on Tuesday, and the rest of the league shows up to work on Wednesday night. Again, why is it that the NBA is forcing teams and especially its players to make massive, career-altering decisions during a work week? Both teams and players are making calculated but still risky decisions worked around salary cap worries, luxury tax fears, television revenue hopes, and all manner of actual basketball-related vicissitudes. To place a deadline during the actual regular season is so pointless, and so wrong. Just ask Minnesota Timberwolves fans, who watched as their franchise player in Kevin Love forced a trade away from the team that will likely miss the playoffs for the 11th straight season this year. Due to the lockout, Love and the Wolves had to negotiate while the 2011-12 season was rolling along, and he signed a four-year, non-max extension with a player option after three years, one that immediately alienated Love from the team’s former general manager and current owner. Had the NBA put an earlier (albeit, truncated) offseason deadline in place, midseason emotions may not have ran so high, and the Wolves may have actually given Kevin the maximum contract he deserved. Players and teams shouldn’t be putting off these sorts of extension talks until September and October, but if the NBA instituted, say, a Sept. 21 deadline (in honor of Artis Gilmore, Bill Murray, and Bryce Drew’s birthdays), we can avoid the sort of scene that sees Taj Gibson having to agree to a life-changing deal minutes after playing an actual regular season game that counts . We’re not crying for these teams, which are handling things correctly, or these players that are set to make millions. The NBA’s offseason should already be extended (why is the NBA draft held mere days after the NBA Finals end?) as it is, and most of these teams (especially Golden State, with Stephen Curry’s contract) and signees turn out happy in the end. Still, there’s no reason to plop this deadline down in the midst of the NBA’s first week. It’s not about messing with early-season NBA games that we’ll have forgotten by January. It’s about forcing teams and players to take a more sober approach to negotiations earlier in the NBA’s offseason. Or, more specifically, in the actual offseason. You’re hip to moving things around, Adam Silver. Hop on this one, too. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
The Scoop:The Pistons appear ready to start Brandon Jennings, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Singler, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond. Considering Monroe came off the bench frequently during the preseason, this was an expected move. Monroe is moving to the bench in order to stagger the amount of time he spends on the floor with Drummond and Smith. Monroe will miss the first two games of the season due to his suspension.
Greg Monroe scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assist, one steal and one block as Stan Van Gundy rolled out his jumbo starting lineup including Monroe, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond on Friday against the Magic.
The Scoop:Monroe and Smith are clearly both comfortable playing power forward, and it was Smith that struggled tonight at small forward with just three points on 1-of-7 shooting to go with seven assists, two steals and one block. Van Gundy was clear before the game that he's not going to be using this lineup this season, but since it's the lineup they should theoretically want to close with they need to learn how to make it work.
Greg Monroe played well in the Pistons' jumbo frontcourt on Wednesday, notching 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.
The Scoop:The Pistons dominated the Hornets in rebounding, with a 58-36 advantage, but that won't persuade coach Stan Van Gundy to keep both Monroe and Josh Smith in the starting lineup. Monroe's poor FT shooting is offset by solid scoring, rebounding and steals, with occasional blocks, and he's a reasonable target after the middle rounds.
The Scoop:All three started on Wednesday and they fared well, with Smith notching 14 points at the SF position that flummoxed him last year, but it's little more than preseason experimentation. "We need to have the flexibility of using that lineup, being comfortable in that lineup," said Van Gundy. "We need to look at some different defensive schemes and things." Whether Smith starts or comes off the bench on opening night, he projects as a late-round fantasy value.
The Scoop:Coach Stan Van Gundy said he'll play his oversized frontcourt together for about 6-9 minutes per half, as he continues to experiment with different looks during the preseason. It's unclear whether Smith or Monroe will start at the PF spot on opening night, but it seems very likely that one of them will be coming off the bench.
Greg Monroe double-doubled with 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Wizards on Sunday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 3-of-5 FTs in the loss.
The Scoop:Monroe chipped in two steals and one block, which is a good sign since a lack of defensive stats have capped his fantasy upside. He and Andre Drummond looked like an unstoppable frontcourt duo with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Caron Butler spreading the court on the wings, but it's just one preseason game and coach Stan Van Gundy has yet to name his starting PF. One thing we know is that Monroe won't start the first two games of the season, as he'll be serving a DUI-related suspension.
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Butler rejoins Van Gundy, hopes to help Pistons (The Associated Press) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) Perhaps more than any other member of the Detroit Pistons, Caron Butler has an idea of what to expect this season from new coach Stan Van Gundy. ''A winning culture,'' Butler said. ''Instilling the right way to play.'' Butler played for Van Gundy in Miami a decade ago, when both player and coach were just starting their careers. Butler was traded by the Heat after the 2003-04 season - in the deal that sent Shaquille O'Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers to Miami - but after bouncing around the league for a while he ended up in Detroit, reunited with Van Gundy. More...