After the game, Mad Ants GM Jeff Potter sent Pistons vice president Scott Perry this e-mail: “Vern with 24 and 20 tonight and the nastiest tip dunk I’ve seen all year. Dominated for 48 minutes. Took a huge charge toward the end of the game. He was unreal. Congrats on drafting him.”
The Pistons are likely to let Macklin finish the D-League season in Fort Wayne, Perry said, which consists of five more games and concludes April 7. He would then return to the Pistons for the final three weeks of the season. It will be up to Lawrence Frank whether Macklin could crack the frontcourt rotation then, but the Pistons feel pretty good that Macklin has a future that belies his draft status.
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