As the new-look Pistons prepare to get training camp underway next week, let's check in on a few of the latest items out of Detroit….
- Speaking to reporters today, including David Mayo of MLive.com, Greg Monroe cautioned that he doesn't intend to discuss his contract in the coming weeks or months. Monroe will be a restricted free agent next summer if he doesn't sign an extension before Halloween, and as I wrote earlier today, agent David Falk typically prefers to take his clients to the open market.
- More Monroe on his contract situation: "I have an agent, like everybody else in the NBA. He's going to communicate with the front office. I'm here to play. And that's it. I'm not going to talk about it. If you ask about it, I'm going to tell you I'm not going to talk about it."
- The Pistons finalized their coaching staff today, announcing the hirings of assistants Henry Bibby and Maz Trakh. Rasheed Wallace and Bernard Smith were also named player development coaches.
- When Maurice Cheeks was hired as the Pistons head coach, he expressed a preference for coaching a team that forces turnovers and gets out and runs. As Keith Langlois of Pistons.com writes, the team's offseason additions, including Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, should complement Cheeks' preferred coaching style.