With top prospects in New York Thursday for media and service responsibilities, a person familiar with the draft discussions said the Pistons appear to have zeroed in on Texas small forward Tristan Thompson with the eighth pick. Thompson canceled other scheduled workouts after working out for the Pistons with five other players Wednesday.
The timing of this news is somewhat surprising given yesterday's reports that Markieff Morris outplayed Thompson (and Bismack Biyombo, Keith Benson, Vernon Macklin and Jordan Williams) during Tuesday's workout.
Make of this what you will, but I'm not yet convinced -- as Dan Feldman of PistonPowered notes, similar reports surfaced earlier this week about Kawhi Leonard leaving Auburn Hills Monday with a guarantee from Joe Dumars. But why? This draft has been so volatile that I can't imagine any executive not giving themselves leeway to adjust on the fly. Just ask Pat Riley:
"You used to be able to go through the draft you'd get the top 15 guys just right like that," Riley said in a meeting with local reporters on Monday. "You might have two guys flip-flop positions or something, but you would get there. I've been on the phone all morning, and I've got a lot of [general managers] saying, 'Well I wish to heck I knew what's going on in front of me because I don't know what I'm doing.' "