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Pistons Notes: Trades, Cap, Jerebko

It’s been a rollercoaster season for the Pistons, who’ve won consecutive games against would-be playoff teams after a four-game losing streak that followed the tear they went on when they waived Josh Smith. The trade deadline, just two weeks and a day away, provides another avenue for substantial change. There’s more on potential trades amid the latest from the Motor City:

  • Pistons GM Jeff Bower came up empty as he sought a trade to offset the loss of Jennings, but Bower’s boss, Stan Van Gundy, isn’t ruling out a swap even after the team signed John Lucas III to a 10-day deal to fill the gap at point guard, as MLive’s Brendan Savage notes. “Right now, we’re happy with what we have but you’re always exploring trades,” Van Gundy said Monday. “That’s just being honest. Those guys know that and they know you’re not being honest if you said anything else. You’re always exploring what’s out there. You’ve got to see what’s possible. But with John coming in now, there’s nothing specifically that we have to get done. We’ve got our roster, we’re happy with it. If there’s something out there that makes us better, then we’ll do it.”
  • The 10-day contract with Lucas doesn’t cost the Pistons much, but it nonetheless exhausted the tiny amount of cap room the team had left, as Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders points out (Twitter link). The team still has the use of its room exception, worth a prorated amount of $2.732MM, and Detroit can of course continue to use the minimum-salary exception.
  • Jonas Jerebko is set to become a free agent this summer, but he hinted Tuesday as he played his 300th game with the Pistons that he’d like to stick around, as David Mayo of MLive relays. “It’s a milestone for me. I want to play 300 more,” Jerebko said. “I’m definitely proud that I’ve been a Piston that many games. I want to keep going and raise that number.”

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