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Luke Kennard and his representatives are "very confident that they will get an eight-figure deal in free agency," per James Edwards III of the Athletic. (Source: James Edwards III of the Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: The Pistons can make Kennard a restricted free agent and he is set to make $5.3 million next season. Kennard has been sidelined since December 21st due to a patellar tendinitis in both knees. He should be all systems go once the NBA season resumes. Kennard would have to prove he is fully healthy before a team would commit to an eight-figure deal. The 23-year-old averaged 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.6 triples across 15 games this year.

Category: Rumors

Bruce Brown Jr. underwent surgery in late April to repair a ligament in his right thumb. He will be ready to go if the NBA season resumes. (Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Brown had a lingering thumb injury injury in February and underwent surgery in April to correct the issue. It's not clear when Brown sustained the injury, but he should be all systems go if the season resumes. Luke Kennard is also on track to return, Brown could play more minutes at shooting guard. The 23-year-old is averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 triples across 58 games this season.

Category: Injury Updates

In a recent interview, Pistons F Blake Griffin (knee surgery) told ESPN’s Sage Steele that “I feel great, so I’m ready to go whenever things pick back up.” (Source: M Live)

Fantasy Impact: Griffin had knee surgery in January after playing in just 18 games this season for the Pistons. He was averaging just 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 28 minutes per game. He shot a miserable 35.2 percent from the field, by far the worst shooting of his 11-year NBA career. Should the NBA resume play, Griffin will be ready, but temper expectations for the veteran forward, who could just play it safe with Detroit nowhere near a playoff berth. Hopefully Griffin can get back to his old ways to begin the 2020-2021 season. He won’t have Andre Drummond to contend with for rebounds any longer, as he’s since been traded to the Cavaliers. It’ll be Griffin and up-and-comer Christian Wood leading the way in the front court for Detroit next season.

Category: Injury Updates

Pistons F/C Christian Wood is set to become a free agent after the summer, and according to the Athletic, there’s about a 70% chance he remains in Detroit. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Wood provided NBA teams with a glimpse of what he was capable of in eight games with the Pelicans in 2018. He averaged 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in just 23 minutes per game. Detroit signed him in the off-season, and before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wood was making a run at the “Most Improved Player” award. In 62 games, he was averaging 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, one assist, and 0.9 blocks in just 21 minutes per game. But those numbers skyrocketed even more after the All-Star break, after the Pistons traded long-time C Andre Drummond to the Cavaliers. Since the All-Star break, Wood averaged 24 points and almost 10 boards per game. The thought here is that Detroit could make Wood a cornerstone of the team’s future, and that “Wood shows his appreciation to the franchise that gave him his first real opportunity.” He’ll be a hot commodity next year in fantasy leagues as a big man that can produce in multiple categories.

Svi Mykhailiuk scored 16 points (4-13 FG, 3-9 3PT, 5-5 FT), four assists, two rebounds and two steals across 24 minutes during the Pistons' 106-124 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: The Kansas product provided a nice spark for the Pistons on Wednesday and his 16 points were second on the team behind Christian Wood's 32 points. Mykhailiuk has struggled with his shot during the month of March, shooting only 32.5 percent from the field and is not recommended outside of deeper leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Thon Maker provided 13 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3PT, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block across 17 minutes during the Pistons' 106-124 loss the 76ers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Although he started and was great on a per minute basis, the four-year big-man only saw 17 minutes during Wednesday's loss. His production and playing time has fluctuated immensely due to Dwane Casey playing with the rotation. Only averaging 2.7 points per game while only seeing 16.3 minutes per game in March, Maker is not a recommended fantasy option.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon Knight chipped in six points (1-7 FG, 1-6 3PT, 3-5 FT), six assists and five rebounds across 34 minutes during the Pistons' 106-124 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: After sitting out of Sunday's game with a knee injury, Knight reentered the starting lineup and saw 34 minutes in Wednesday's game against the 76ers. Although he struggled with his shot, the eight-year guard was able to contribute in some other categories, finishing with six assists and five rebounds. Due to his shooting ability and Derrick Rose (ankle) missing time with an ankle injury, Knight should be given every opportunity to produce as long as he can remain healthy.

Category: Game Recaps

Jordan McRae went for 10 points (4-13 FG, 0-3 3PT, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and three assists across 27 minutes off the bench during the Pistons' 106-124 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: McRae was awarded some extra playing time due to Bruce Brown Jr. (ankle) sitting Wednesday's game out. He has scored in double figures in three out of four games since being acquired by the Pistons at the deadline last month and will look to continue providing a spark off the bench. He is only recommended in deeper leagues due to his ability to go off every once in a while but struggles to be consistent from a fantasy perspective.

Category: Game Recaps

Langston Galloway put up 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3PT), three assists, two rebounds and one steal across 28 minutes off the bench during the Pistons' 106-124 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Galloway provided a nice spark off the bench for the Pistons on Wednesday as he was rewarded some extra minutes due to Bruce Brown Jr. (ankle) sitting out. Although he is rather inconsistent with his production, he is typically good for 10 points and two three's per game, though the addition of Jordan McRae has further crowded the shooting guard spot for the Pistons.

Category: Game Recaps

Sekou Doumbouya mustered up two points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3PT), two assists and one rebound across 23 minutes off the bench during the Pistons' 106-124 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Although he saw more minutes than he had in the previous seven games, the rookie was largely ineffective once again. It's becoming clear that the Pistons view him as more of a project that a consistent contributor in the rotation currently and depending on what happens to the NBA season, it's very possible he could see some time in the G-league to develop.

Category: Game Recaps

Tony Snell collected nine points (3-5 FG, 0-1 3PT, 3-3 FT), three assists, one rebound and three steals across 28 minutes during the Pistons' 106-124 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Snell's production on Wednesday fell right in line with his season average. He continues to start for the Pistons but doesn't contribute enough in any category to warrant any fantasy consideration.

Category: Game Recaps

John Henson put up 10 points (5-7 FG), five rebounds, one assist and one block in 20 minutes during the Pistons' 107-114 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Although Henson started for the fourth consecutive game, he once again saw his playing time cut short at around 20 minutes. He has put up exactly 10 points and five rebounds in his last two games but it will be hard to trust the UNC product in fantasy if he continues seeing only 20 minutes a night. Henson and the Pistons get the Jazz on Saturday night.

Category: Game Recaps

Derrick Rose will miss several weeks after injuring his ankle during Sunday’s loss to Sacramento. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The results of the MRI came back negative, however Rose is still expected to miss multiple weeks, and be re-evaluated at that point in time. Brandon Knight (knee) would be in line for the starting point guard role in Detroit, but he is also banged up. Detroit is extremely thin at the guard position with Rose out, so look for a guy like Derrick Walton Jr. to potentially step up in his absence. Hopefully Bruce Brown Jr. (knee) can return to the court soon and once he does, he should be rostered in most leagues as he was producing in good minutes before he was sidelined. Those with an available IR roster spot will want to hold on to Rose for the next few weeks to see the direction the Pistons decide to go at that point.

Category: Injury Updates

In a 115-98 loss to the Nuggets, Khyri Thomas had three points (1-4 FG, 1-3 3PT), one assist, and one turnover across 14 minutes on the floor.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas played sparingly in his latest contest and just doesn't have any fantasy value to speak of right now. He's best left in all fantasy leagues' free agents pools.

Category: Game Recaps

In a 115-98 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday, Derrick Walton Jr. scored no points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3PT), (4-9 FG, 4-9 3PT, 2-4 FT), dished out one assist, and had one steal in only six minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Walton Jr.'s minutes are very minimal for his squad, so he simply doesn't have any fantasy value whatsoever. He should be left in all fantasy leagues' free agent pools.

Category: Game Recaps

Detroit's Donta Hall had four points (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one turnover across 15 minutes in a 115-98 loss to Denver on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: This contest was Hall's first taste of action on an NBA court. With that said, he's obviously not worth adding even in the deepest of fantasy leagues since he'll barely gets minutes in the teens (if that) for the Pistons moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps

Markieff Morris is expected to sign with the Lakers. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morris reached a buyout with the Pistons and is expected to sign with the Lakers. He will most likely come off the bench and backup starter Anthony Davis. With the move to LA, Morris becomes a fringe deep-league option at best. He averaged 11 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 triples across 44 games for the Pistons this season.

Category: Transactions

Reggie Jackson and the Detroit Pistons agreed to a contract buyout and Jackson will sign with the Los Angeles Clippers once he clears waivers. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a major impact to Jackson's fantasy outlook for the remainder of the season as he will now be relegated to a bench role with the Clippers. Over 14 games this season, Jackson is averaging 14.9 points, 5.1 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game.

Category: Transactions

Andre Drummond is going to Cleveland and Brandon Knight, John Henson and a second-round pick are coming back to Detroit. (Source: James Edwards III on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, the Pistons are moving on from their superstar center. Drummond and the Cavaliers' current center Tristan Thompson should be able to co-exist offensively together in Cleveland as they play different styles of center. However, this move could potentially hurt Drummond's rebounding totals as he will be sharing missed shot opportunities with the big-bodied Thompson and savvy veteran Kevin Love. The team's next matchup is Sunday against the Clippers and we should get a better idea of lineups and usage after that.

Category: Transactions

Tim Frazier didn’t take the court in the Pistons’ 115-100 loss to the Cavs on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the absence of Derrick Rose, Frazier didn't take the court Monday, and it appears he's fallen out of Detroit's rotation. With just 15 total minutes across the Pistons' last five games, Frazier has no business being rostered in even the deepest of redraft leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

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