Rose is coming back a bounce-back year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he posted 18 points and 4.3 assists per game.
Both sides are reportedly motivated to get a deal done.
Pistons’ Dwane Casey Planning Flexibility with Blake Griffin, Thon Maker
Detroit Pistons’ head coach Dwane Casey has a creative approach in mind when he utilizes Blake Griffin and Thon Maker this upcoming season.
While the Pistons don’t have a true center outside of Andre Drummond, Casey sees opportunities to get creative with his lineups, depending on the situation at hand.
“I see it being very situational,” Casey said, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
“The other guy we haven’t mentioned, we have played Blake at the five. Not good numbers off of that, so I don’t anticipate that but there are scenarios in the game, last two minutes of the game, where Blake could play the five. Looking for really a bump out of Thon, playing him at four/five, whatever it is, but a lot of nights if you look at the league, the rosters have gotten smaller and the traditional five has kind of gone the way of the dinosaur. The flexibility we have with Thon, with Markieff having the possibility of playing there, is really important.”
With Drummond focusing on developing his offense this offseason, the Pistons may lack some defense at the rim, and in the paint.
Bucks trade Tony Snell to Pistons for Jon Leuer
Snell averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for the Bucks last season.
Pistons’ Blake Griffin May Miss First Round
According to Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill, Griffin, who has been battling knee issues recently, may not be able to play the entire series, a devastating blow to a team that was dominated in Game 1.
Per the report, Griffin is expected to be listed as day-to-day for the remainder of the series, and there remains a “slim chance” that he plays on the weekend.
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