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    Daye sparks closing victory in Las Vegas summer league
    Freep - Staff Report

    "First-round pick Austin Daye[​IMG] led the Pistons with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jonas Jerebko scored 19, including nine in the fourth quarter, and had five rebounds.

    Daye also showed some grit for a skinny 6-11, 190-pound guy. According to a published report, Daye got tangled with Cleveland center David Harrison[​IMG], and an altercation got them both technicals at 8:08 in the third quarter. Harrison was ejected; it was his second technical of the game."

    Daye sparks closing victory in Las Vegas summer league | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press-


    Pistons' Stuckey at Summer Camp
    Freep

    "Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey took part in a summer basketball camp at at the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse in Shelby Twp., on July 17, 2009. At the end of the day Stuckey and the campers met at half court to congratulate one another on their good work."

    Photo Gallery: Pistons' Stuckey at Summer Camp


    Deron Washington doing his best to make Pistons
    MLive - Sherrod Blakely

    "LAS VEGAS -- There are plenty of scoring options on the Detroit Pistons' roster. Deron Washington knows this.

    While he has displayed a much-improved offensive game after spending a year overseas, the 6-foot-7 guard/forward understands that playing solid defense and making hustle plays off the bench is his best means of contributing next season.

    He certainly showcased many of those qualities Friday in a 92-86 win against Cleveland. Washington totaled 12 points and four rebounds as Detroit rallied in the fourth quarter.

    But more significantly, he made multiple effort plays that helped Detroit close out its summer league schedule with a 4-1 record."

    Deron Washington doing his best to make Pistons - Detroit Pistons Basketball: News, Blogs, Photos, Audio, Schedule & Stats - MLive.com


    Latest chatter: Sessions over A.I.?
    Marc Stein - ESPN

    "It's believed that the Pistons, as of Thursday, have Rasho Nesterovic and Chris Wilcox ahead of Drew Gooden as their next free-agent targets, since it appears that they can't assemble an offer sheet rich enough for Glen Davis to keep the Boston Celtics from matching."


    NBA free agents: The latest chatter on Ramon Sessions and Allen Iverson - ESPN
     
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    Pistons come out winners in Summer of LeBron
    Keith Langolis - True Blue Piston - Pistons.com

    "The second is on Detroit’s end. Even if Joe Dumars were interested in trading one or the other, Prince or Hamilton, for Boozer, he’s not interested in meeting Boozer’s asking price. Which means Boozer would be a free agent next summer. If the cap weren’t coming down so drastically, that might not be a bad thing. It would give Dumars a big chunk of money to chase a free agent of comparable stature.

    But if the cap comes down as the NBA projects, combined with the annual incremental raises due for players like Prince (or Hamilton), Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, the Pistons’ payroll – even without Boozer’s deal on the books – would leave them with something roughly equivalent to the mid-level exception. They’ll have that anyway.

    And that’s the type of scenario teams across the league are now considering – much less appealing scenarios than they had envisioned through all their cap machinations.

    So remember all the talk about the Summer of LeBron? Yeah, well, it just took place. The big news was the Pistons signing Gordon and Villanueva. Next summer, when the calendar tells us 2010 has arrived, we’ll all look back at the Gordon and Villanueva signings and appreciate how prescient the Pistons were to jump in with both feet this summer instead.

    As many as half of the NBA’s 30 teams were trying to clear $15 million or more under the salary cap next summer to put themselves in play for the handful of elite free agents who’ll hit the market. They include the familiar names: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Paul Pierce and now, too, Boozer, who surprisingly chose not to opt out of the final year of his deal.
    Or not so surprising, given the market. Boozer will make $12.7 million next season. His agent, Rob Pelinka, reportedly was telling teams he wanted a contract that averaged at least $14 million over five years. Nobody was going to pay that, especially given Boozer’s spotty injury history. Very good player, but a cut below superstar, asking for superstar money in the worst economy the NBA has seen since the NBA became, well, the NBA – the David Stern, Magic-Larry-Michael era NBA. "

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    Forgot a few years in there for Zeke and Hakeem.
     
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    Give it up Freep
     
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    Is Sherrod any longer a factor?
     
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    Upon Further Review
    Rom Meich - Las Vegas Sun

    Plaisted and other MWC alums Europe-bound?
    12:45 p.m.

    After eight days, are you tired of the NBA Summer League? Good, we aren’t either. Onto today’s action.

    The early game, once again, at the Cox Pavilion features the Detroit Pistons (3-1) and former BYU center Trent Plaisted. This is the third time that Detroit, which plays Cleveland, has been the tip-off game of the day.

    Plaisted has started three of the Pistons’ four games. He’s averaging 3.8 points, shooting 5-for-14 from the field, and 3.3 rebounds.

    Have passport, will travel. Plaisted briefly played for an Italian team last season before he returned to the States for surgery. We’re thinking he’s destined to cross the pond again this season to continue his career.

    However, that is no knock against him or the other Mountain West Conference products – Wink Adams, Luke Nevill, Lorrenzo Wade, Kyle Spain and Lee Cummard – who likely will play in Europe, or another foreign land, next season.

    There are far worse scenarios than getting paid six figures, and having the club pay for your housing and supplying you a vehicle, to play the game you love.

    NBA Day 8: Young misses key shot for Wizards - Sports: Upon Further Review - Las Vegas Sun
     

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