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Pistons release Jonny Flynn, Terrence Williams; pick up options on Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight

The Pistons had a handful of transactions today, all of which were expected. In the biggest no-brainers, the team picked up Greg Monroe‘s fourth-year option at $4 million and Brandon Knight‘s third year option at $2.8 million, per Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

The team also waived training camp invites Terrence Williams and Jonny Flynn. Though both players, Williams in particular, still have some untapped upside, are young and were lottery picks not that long ago, neither did much in their limited preseason action, let alone enough to make the Pistons consider eating a guaranteed contract to keep one or the other.

Personally, I’m a big fan of Williams and think he has a future in the league, particularly as a lockdown perimeter defender.

The Pistons are now at the roster limit of 15, so barring a trade, this will be the team they start the season with.

28 Comments

  • Oct 22, 20124:00 pm
    by labatts

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    Glad to see the Russian dude (somethingsov?) made it.  Would like to see him actually play though.

    • Oct 22, 20128:29 pm
      by Vince

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      Kravtsov has a guaranteed 2Mil contract for the next two years, I would’ve been surprised if he didn’t make the cut.

  • Oct 22, 20124:17 pm
    by Alan

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    No surprises here.  If the Pistons fail to make the playoffs, it probably makes sense to trade Bynum for just about anything and then, maybe, re-sign one of these guys for a ten-day contract.  That is, assuming they aren’t picked up by another team in the meantime. 

  • Oct 22, 20124:53 pm
    by Derek

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    Sorry to see Twill go.  Sorry to see Daye and Villaneuva stay.

  • Oct 22, 20125:18 pm
    by Vince

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    Disappointed but I was expecting it, wish T-Will the best and that he manages to find a team on which he’ll flourish, same goes with Flynn.

     

  • Oct 22, 20125:58 pm
    by Oracle

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    Looks like the pistons were maybe putting Bynum on notice, by having two young guys come in to compete for the backup guard spot. Good for him that he held them off.

    • Oct 22, 20127:54 pm
      by Lake Side Live

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      Very good point also really hope he continues to build that chemistry we’ve glimpsed this preseason with Drummond, it would be a great foundation for our big man to build the start of his career coming off the bench with a point guard that will set him up for the play

  • Oct 22, 20126:16 pm
    by DasMark

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    Nothing surprising at all. Detroit made the easy choice with Williams and Flynn. Guaranteeing their deals would have put immediate pressure on them to move somebody else to open a roster spot. Easier said than done, considering who they would want to move. 

    I was wondering when the news would break than Knight and Monroe’s options would be picked up. There was zero chance that it wasn’t going to happen.  

  • Oct 22, 20126:37 pm
    by RyanK

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    I was under the impression we had to sign Monroe to a new max contract this summer…is $4 million his salary next season?  All the talk has been about $20 million in cap space, but I assumed it was more like $10 million with the team needing to sign Monroe. 

    • Oct 22, 20126:54 pm
      by Vince

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      Fairly sure his option covers the 2013-2014 season, so we’d re-sign him to a max contract during the ’14 offseason… well thats my understanding.

  • Oct 22, 20127:26 pm
    by bugsygod

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    Prince starts because he is needed early and late.  1st q of the game is where you set the tone, this where prince helps to take pressure of the young guys.  This will be needed in big games (not against miami) against the hawks, bucks, cavs, raptors who we will be battling for the 8th playoff spot.  The young guys do not yet have that type of experience THAT PLAYOFF INTENSITY game.  So im ok with him starting and helping to finish games THIS YEAR.  Also if he is traded at the deadline im ok with that..Rudy Gay…should be the target. 
    ****
    Maxiel starts because he provides Meanness.  Just a guy that is a Mean S.O.B that you dont want to mess with.  I think other teams respect that.  I think Drummond will be starting at some point this season, hes just too good.  So in the interim Max brings meannes, Drummond will bring super athletics. 
    ***
    Stuckey needs to be more consistent and bring it every night, have been a lil disappointed in his preseason.  Its only preseason BUT all this great work over the summer i expected a lil more right off the bat.  I expect 19pts a game from him, that shld be his goal anything less will be time to look for a new 2 guard.
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    Knight Monroe Drummond singler jonas english middleton slava is the core going forward and “hat tip” to dumars for adding this much good young talent ! Now add a couple vet all star type guys at 2 and 3 and we can start talking championship contention. 
    ****
    Sf targets: rudy gay – memphis has money/salry cap issues, josh smith – but can he play sf fulltime? , thadeus young – philly may have too many guys to pay,
    sg targets: harden – max deal and pray , afflalo – give magic more young pieces and help there cap , lottery pick this year
    ***
    Overall this year its gonna be a battle every night AND we got one of “those” guys, you know super athletic jump out the gym dunk contest sportcenter highlight reel every night guys!! Andre The Giant Drummond!  Gotta be excited Deettrrooittt Baaasskettball!
     

    • Oct 22, 20127:29 pm
      by bugsygod

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      ***NOT GIVE MAGIC OUR LOTTERY PICK THIS YEAR** that was error.  Meant for us to get a SG in the lottery if we dont make playoffs. 

  • Oct 22, 20127:41 pm
    by Desolation Row

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    This is so stupid. We keep Austin Daye and CV on our roster while letting two better players walk, even though either would have played for much less money than our current guys. I normally hate the cliche that sports is an analogy for real life, but in this case it rings true. 

    • Oct 22, 20127:59 pm
      by RyanK

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      Are you going to flip the bill for CV and Daye’s contracts?  Gores swallowed a pretty big terd when he waived Rip.  Now you want him to go back for seconds. 

      • Oct 22, 20128:32 pm
        by Vince

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        Daye’s contract is around 3mil for a year. Which means he’d come off the books this offseason, pretty sure T-Will would’ve signed for less than half of that on a one year deal. Small price to pay to get an upgrade.

        CV? Gores should’ve bit the bullet and amnestied his sorry ass.

  • Oct 22, 20127:48 pm
    by Lake Side Live

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    Not suprised about Flynnigin and dissapointed about TWill (I mean I wasn’t suprised that he was let go) but I was dissapointed that Frank didn’t once put him in the lineup with or even let him play with Knight.  I had a theory about using him as a point forward while knight would be our prime perimeter shooter.  Oh well hopefully he cattches on somewhere, but I still feel he offered more value than daye.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again if we could eat Rip’s contract two years ago that we’re just now finishing paying off we could have easily taken the hit from Daye’s to keep TWill a player with a more diverse skill set and a higher ceiling.

  • Oct 22, 20127:54 pm
    by assistman

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    Why doesn’t T. Williams stick anywhere?  I know the guy had attitude problems early on in his career, but surely he has gotten the financial wake-up call by now. And the guy can be a very good NBA player.

    That said, the Pistons don’t want to be too good this year, as in good enough to rise out of the early lottery.  They will go as far as the Monroe and Drummond will take them, and need that next draft pick to get Shabazz Mohammed. The time to add talent around the two big guys is NEXT summer. 

    • Oct 23, 20129:49 am
      by tarsier

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      The Pistons won’t be in the early lottery barring major luck in Secaucus. They had the 7th pick two years ago, 8th pick last year, and 9th pick this summer. And they look like they have improved some more. Making the playoffs will be really tough. But they are likely to finish in the 12th pick range.

  • Oct 22, 201210:37 pm
    by WW

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    Charlie V and Daye should not be on an nba roster.
    This team needs to open roster spots to look at new players.

  • Oct 23, 20123:16 am
    by Vic

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    T Will will be back next year if he doesn’t get a long term deal somewhere else. This was his tryout for next year. My opinion

    • Oct 23, 201211:57 am
      by Lee

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      @Vic I really hope you’re right…

  • Oct 23, 20128:21 am
    by Derek

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    Daye should really make the most of his season tickets package.  He gets better than the best seats.  He gets to travel with the team.  He has access to the locker room.  He can get autographs and pictures with a ton of players.  He can build up his memorabilia collection as he goes through his NBA farewell tour.

    Hopefully (I say this loosely because I really don’t care) he can find his niche with an international team…or transition into player development at Gonzaga.

    I personally believe it’s a wrap for him and his NBA career after this season.

  • Oct 23, 20129:31 am
    by Slap Dog Hoops

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    Too bad Flynn did not make it.  I was really rooting for him.  Hopefully he will get a chance with another NBA team.

  • Oct 23, 201210:09 am
    by MNM

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    Here’s something Steve Aschburner wrote on NBA.com .. Not saying it’s really important, but it’s about the Pistons, ssoooo… Eh’ whatever..
    http://www.nba.com/preview/2012/DET/index.html

  • Oct 23, 201212:26 pm
    by Ben Fridsma

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    Daye and Charlie V. should have been right behind them. we r going to wait to long for both of them to “heat up” and then playoffs r out of the picture. trash daye first. we could easily get a ok trade for him. young and can shoot the ball kinda. and with Charlie V. just release him. and make room for big ben. havent heard much about him sence the start of training camp. he could help with Drummond and Slava, both need help on both ends. and the fans would be happy about it. and if im the pistons who dont even get the place half full in the reg. season. pick the guy up everyone yells for when he checks in.

    • Oct 23, 20123:35 pm
      by tarsier

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      If CV is cut, he doesn’t come off the books next summer. So the Pistons have to sit on him for a year to amnesty him next summer. He should have been amnestied this past summer but Dumars blew it… again. I don’t think Joe is stupid. He just doesn’t seem to have any plan whatsoever. He just goes around looking for and waiting for chances to get incrementally better here and there. That doesn’t cut it.

      • Oct 24, 20129:46 pm
        by rick77

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        How is Joe stupid and he doesn’t sign the checks, Gores does? I know you dont like him, but that’s just plain stupid of you say when he is the Gm not the owner. Jus saying……  Take it up with Gores.

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