Ersan Ilyasova arrives in Detroit
Ilyasova, whom the Bucks traded to the Pistons for Shawne Williams and Caron Butler's expiring contracts was expected to meet Stan Van Gundy in Motown Sunday night according to Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times. The Turkish forward has already been in contact with the Pistons' head coach & director of basketball ops via telephone, who was apparently very vocal about his admiration of the stretch-4's game.
"I spoke with coach Van Gundy for about 20 minutes and he shared his plans for me and the team next season,'' Ilyasova said. "Coach Van Gundy said he was following me since he was coaching in Orlando several years ago and he really liked the way I played and how I fit into the system. It's exciting, for sure. I think it'll work out good for me and it will be the right fit for me. It's going to be a fresh start.''
Ilyasova, who sports a 37% career 3-point percentage will be used in a similar way Ryan Anderson was in Orlando when Van Gundy was coaching the Magic, a move Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press believes will help unlock Andre Drummond's potential as a low post threat. The move certainly seems to point towards the Pistons moving on from having another post presence alongside Drummond, putting a term to his frontcourt pairing with Greg Monroe. Ersan's arrival in Detroit brings the total number of power forwards on the roster to three, with the other two -- Anthony Tolliver and Quincy Miller, also floor-spacing big men.
Stan Van Gundy is molding the Pistons into an Orlando clone, with four shooters on the perimeter and a dominant center in the paint, and the remainder of the offseason moves should reflect the coach's penchant for outside shooting -- something that Ilyasova can certainly do.
A press conference to introduce the Pistons' newest asset has been scheduled for Tuesday at noon.
Pistons work out Wisconsin's Sam Dekker
Considered to be one of the lower priority targets on Motown's radar going into the draft, Sam Dekker wanted to make an impression on the executives watching him at the Pistons' practice facility. The Wisconsin product, who is expected to be drafted in the 10-20 range put on a shooting display, hoping to emphasize his skills as a shooter to Detroit's front office. Dekker seemed confident in his workout, and also let on that he was excited at the potential of joining Milwaukee Buck turned Detroit Piston Ersan Ilyasova, whom he followed whilst in college. Per Vince Ellis at The Detroit Free Press:
"I see they got Ilyasova, a former Buck, so I saw him play a lot. It's exciting to see that maybe they are looking at a guy at (small forward) and that's somewhere I'm comfortable and maybe I showed them stuff today and showed them stuff in the past that they would be confident with a pick like that."
After the recent trade, the Pistons are expected to draft a wing in the draft, with Cartier Martin currently the only small forward on the roster. With other prospects such as Duke's Justise Winslow, Croatia's Mario Hezonja and Arizona's Stanley Johnson all expected to be within range of Detroit, Dekker would hope his workout elevated his draft stock if he wants a chance at being picked eighth overall by Jeff Bower and Stan Van Gundy in the upcoming draft. Johnson, as it happens, worked out for the Pistons on Monday morning:
According to a source (this sheet of paper on the table) Arizona SF Stanley Johnson working out for the #Pistons.— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) June 15, 2015
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Exciting day!!! #BigPickUp— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummondd) June 11, 2015