Ed Stefanski, the new head of basketball operations in Detroit, inherited a squad with most of its veteran players under contract through the 2018 offseason, but has still managed to remake a third of the Pistons‘ roster this summer, writes Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
While the Pistons added veterans like Glenn Robinson III, Jose Calderon, and Zaza Pachulia to the mix, Stefanski believes that the two new rookies – Bruce Brown and Khyri Thomas – are capable of making an immediate impact at the NBA level.
“I really believe that. They like to play defense,” said Stefanski, who technically holds the role of senior advisor for the Pistons. “They’re from good programs, they’re unbelievable kids and they want to play defense. Everywhere I’ve been, (rookies) never got on the floor because they didn’t play defense. These two want to. I like both of them.”
Here’s more from around the Eastern Conference:
- In his latest mailbag for The Toronto Star, Doug Smith answers readers’ questions relating to the end of DeMar DeRozan‘s time in Toronto, Kawhi Leonard‘s arrival, and many more Raptors-related topics.
- As NetsDaily relays, Danny Leroux of RealGM and ESPN’s Kevin Pelton suggested on a recent podcast that the Nets have had a solid “volume” offseason, adding depth to their roster with a series of moves rather than targeting one or two impact players. In the view of Leroux and Pelton, Brooklyn could be a fringe playoff contender in the East, and may make a decision by the trade deadline on whether to once again be sellers.
- Longtime Magic draft-and-stash player Fran Vazquez has signed yet another contract in Spain, according to Keith Smith of RealGM.com, who tweets that the veteran center is joining Tecnyconta Zaragoza. Vazquez was the 11th overall pick in the 2005 draft, but the 35-year-old has spent his entire professional career overseas.