Offseason Pistons rumors: Potential draft targets, Gigi Datome, Petyon Siva & Greg Monroe

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft

Marquette Forward Jamil Wilson has reportedly cancelled a workout with the Pistons due to an ankle injury suffered during a workout for the Utah Jazz. Wilson is projected to be drafted early to midway through the second round. The NCAA Senior shot 32.7% from 3 last season.

Duke Guard Andre Dawkins is heading to Detroit for a workout according to his agent. The Freshman is expected to go undrafted in this year’s draft so this might just be his agent trying to lift his client’s draft stock. However Dawkins did shoot 42.1% from 3 for the Blue Devils this year and might be worth a look.

Current Pistons

Luigi Datome believes he will bounce back next season, in an interview with Vince Ellis, the Italian forward expressed his frustration with his poor play this season and likens his rookie season to fellow European sharpshooter Mirza Teletovic who had a great sophomore campaign after a dismal rookie year. Datome points to early-season injuries, lack of minutes and the tough adjustment to the NBA game as his reasons for his poor production. Although he hasn’t had a sit down with the Pistons’ new coach and head of basketball operations, he hopes to be a steady rotation player for Van Gundy next season. He will be playing for Italy this offseason. MichiganBillsFan84 pointed out in the comments that Luigi is in fact not representing Italy this offseason, but representing Basketball Without Borders in Rome.

Fellow rookie Peyton Siva has had a face-to-face meeting with Van Gundy, who stressed the importance of defence to the former Louisville Point-Guard. Siva, who had an up and down year for the Pistons, was primarily known for his defence and energetic play, and the fact that he and Van Gundy had talks about conditioning and defensive priorities leads me to believe he might become a useful role player in SVG’s gameplan if he develops his offensive game. Peyton has been in Detroit working out with Bob Beyer and Brendan Malone and has been in the team gym for most of the offseason after taking some personal time.

Greg Monroe is generating his fair share of trade speculation, with beat writers and fans alike imagining where the Moose will be next season. The former Georgetown big has had his name tossed around and linked to most of the Association’s teams from the Lakers to the Bobcats and although Van Gundy has talked at lengths about how he’d like to keep the young New-Orleans native, the internet is abuzz with possible trade scenarios to Minnesota and Philadelphia. Personally I don’t believe Greg will move this offseason, but pundits are trying their hardest to convince people that Monroe’s time in Detroit is almost up.

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