Pistons Notes: Trades, Van Gundy, Meeks

The Pistons have lost 13 in a row, one shy of the franchise record, and teams have already begun to line up to court Greg Monroe in free agency this coming summer. Stan Van Gundy has pointed to a four-game break in the schedule between the 21st and 26th as a time for key decisions, and with most offseason signees set to become eligible for trades Monday, the tipping point for a shakeup doesn’t seem far off. Here’s the latest from Detroit:

  • For the Pistons, “everything and everyone is on the table,” as Van Gundy said Tuesday to reporters, including Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, though it’s not clear whether he was referring to lineup changes or roster movement. In any case, Van Gundy was quick to add that there isn’t a single individual to blame for the team’s disastrous 3-19 start, Ellis notes.
  • The Pistons coach/executive “took over the Titanic and it’s sinking even quicker,” Jeff Van Gundy said of his brother in an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio with Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence, as MLive’s Josh Slagter transcribes. However, Stan Van Gundy made it clear that he doesn’t agree with his brother’s assessment, notes fellow MLive scribe David Mayo (Twitter link).
  • Stan Van Gundy clings to the hope of making the playoffs this season, but if Jodie Meeks, the team’s most lucrative offseason signee, can’t light a spark when he returns from injury as soon as this week, the Pistons shouldn’t hesitate to change their approach, writes Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News.

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