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Updates on Alex Acker and Cheick Samb

Chris McCosky tackles some interesting questions today in the Detroit News, including inquiring about Amir Johnson (a rotation guy next year?) and Brevin Knight (Dale Davis and Flip Murray might get him, but the Pistons are more interested in moving Nazr Mohammed).

Most interesting to me, though, was these updates on Alex Acker and Cheick Samb:

Samb, the second-round pick from Senegal whom the Pistons acquired for Maurice Evans, is playing for Barcelona in a second tier Euroleague in Spain. The Pistons were excited about his early progress before he was felled with a stress fracture in his foot.

"Cheick has been hurt, which for us is useful in the fact that he's already gained 23 pounds of muscle and he looks great without losing any quickness," said Tony Ronzone, international scout and director of basketball operations for the Pistons. "He practices with the Barcelona team and he also plays and practices with a (junior) team in Cornella. He is definitely improving and we are very excited about his future."

The Pistons don't expect Samb to be ready for at least another year, probably two.

As for Acker, he could be back on the roster next season. They still essentially own his rights, similar to Johnson's situation, and he has been a standout in the top tier Euroleague. He still leads his Olympiacos team in scoring (19.8 points) and rebounds (8.9).

A couple other former Pistons are playing in the Euroleague: Horace Jenkins is averaging 13.8 points for Efes Pilsen and Tony Delk is scoring 10.8 a game for Panathinaikos.