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Report: Pistons bring in Andrew Warren, Ben Hansbrough for workouts

Both guards were prolific 3-point shooters in college.

Jonathan Daniel

The Detroit Pistons invited former Bradley guard Andrew Warren and Notre Dame guard Ben Hansbrough for workouts, according to Sportando.

Both players were excellent shooters in college (both averaging better than 40 percent from 3 for their career. Both also graduated in 2011 and have been bouncing around international leagues for the past few years.

Both players are obviously not serious candidates to make the already overstuff Pistons roster, but they could be candidates to play with the Grand Rapids Drive if they want to stay stateside and forgo what would presumably be more lucrative offers overseas.

And if you're interested in trying out for the Drive, you can give it a shot on Oct. 4 or Oct. 11. Could the DBB hive mind actually infiltrate the organization? Maybe if you can get hot from the perimeter!

The better of the two is Warren, who most recently played with La Union Formosa in Argentina. There he averaged 8.9 points and shot 39.5 percent from the 3-point line.

I'll turn the rest over to his representatives at Interperformances:

Before that La Union Formosa (LigaA) landed 27-year old American guard Andrew Warren . Warren managed to play in three leagues last year, He played in the summer at Wellington Exodus Saints in New Zealand NBL league, but left the team in June. In 8 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8spg. The last season he played at Forex Time Apollon Limassol (Division A) in Cypriot league. In 14 games he had 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. Warren also played 1 game in EuroChallenge where he recorded 13 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal. He also played at Napoli Basket (DNA Gold) in Italian league that season.The previous (11-12) season Warren played at Cairns Taipans (NBL) in Australian league. In 28 games he had 13.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg. Among other achievements his team made it to the MVC Tournament Semifinals in 2007 and 2010. Warren received also NABC Division I All-District 16 1st Team award back in 2011 at his college time. Warren graduated from Bradley University in 2011 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

Hansbrough, meanwhile, got a 200-minute cup of coffee with the Indiana Pacers in 2012-13. The year before he played for Krka Novo Mesto and FC Bayern Muenchen. Last year Hansbrough played for Herbalife Gran Canaria and was second on the team in scoring at 10.91 points per game. Oddly, last year was also his worst year from deep in his pro career, dropping to 33.3 percent in a massive 141 attempts.

There was also a report by Shams Charania of Real GM that the Pistons were going to work out free agent center Denzel Bowles, but that tweet was later deleted for an unknown reason. Of Bowles, who also was receiving inerest from the Chicago Bulls, Hoops Rumors writes:

The 6'10″ Bowles has played overseas each of the past three seasons after going undrafted in 2011, with stops in Lithuania, the Philippines and China. He joined the Nuggets for summer league in July, averaging 5.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per contest. His numbers were more impressive in China last season, when he put up 26.0 PPG and 8.6 RPG in 32.5 MPG in 34 appearances with the Jilin Northeast Tigers.

The Pistons wouldn't offer Bowles much opportunity to make the opening night roster if they were to add him for training camp, since they're already carrying 16 guaranteed deals, as ourroster counts show. It's possible that the Pistons envision bringing Bowles to camp so they can get an extended look at him for down the road and so that they can retain his D-League rights for their new one-to-one affiliate. The Bulls have only 12 guaranteed pacts, but they haven't carried more than 13 players on opening night in any of the last three seasons, as I pointed out. Chicago is among a host of teams targeting Ray Allen, and it would make sense that the contending Bulls would prioritize adding a veteran.

So more training camp fodder and possible Drive bodies. That's what you call mid-September NBA news.