Pistons Notes: Morris, Drummond, Van Gundy

Marcus Morris is thriving with the Pistons and although it is very early, Aaron McMann of MLive.com writes that Detroit appears to be a big winner in its summer trade with the Suns. The Pistons acquired Morris, Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger from the Suns in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick.Through three games, as McMann points out, Morris is leading the Pistons with 19.3 points per game. He averaged 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a part-time starter last season in Phoenix.

Here’s more out of Detroit:

  • Pistons coach/executive Stan Van Gundy’s decision to let Greg Monroe leave Detroit at the end of his contract was due to the belief that Andre Drummond has superstar potential as a throwback center, Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders reports in his Sunday column. The idea looks smart, as Hamilton suggests, because through the first three games of the regular season Drummond is averaging 18 points, 15.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Drummond has agreed to hold off on signing an extension to allow the team to retain more cap space heading into next offseason.
  • Under Van Gundy, the Pistons have gone from one of the league’s smallest front-office staffs to one of the largest, Michael Rosenberg of SI.com writes in an interesting story. For example, Detroit has four pro scouts, Rosenberg notes, and their jobs involve watching every team’s games this season. The Pistons have Van Gundy, GM Jeff Bower, three assistant general managers, a basketball-operations director, four pro scouts, six college/international scouts, two analytics software engineers and a director of strategic planning, according to Rosenberg, who also points out that in 2004, the Pistons only had five people in their front office. It’s clear Van Gundy has molded the franchise in his image and he told Rosenberg that, “If I had it to do over again, this is where I’d want to be.”

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