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Pistons News: Detroit hosts free agents, more draft prospects, and Ben Wallace said something debatable

Several intriguing prospects linked to the Pistons as the team looks to solidify its roster

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Several players look to make NBA comeback through Pistons' free agent minicamp

The Pistons hosted a free agent mini camp last week which featured several fringe NBA players, journeymen and other professionals looking to make it to the NBA, per the Pistons' press release:


9 Phil Pressey
14 Jaron Johnson
18 Bobby Brown
19 Greg Whittington
23 Jordan Crawford
24 Nick Minnerath
26 Kadeem Jack
27 Chris Douglas-Roberts
28 Deonte Burton
41 Grant Jerrett
42 Cory Jefferson
45 Richard Solomon
46 Derrick Nix
48 Ousmane Drame
49 Eric Buckner
51 Gabe Olaseni

The camp was held in order to help the team chose potential players for the team's summer league and training camp rosters according to the Detroit Free Press' Vince Ellis, and the training was strenuous, as Chris Douglas-Roberts told MLive's David Mayo, with players leaving the gymnasium limping and sore after the camp. Several free agents, such as point guard Phil Pressey, power forwards Grant Jerrett and Cory Jefferson, as well as swing man Douglas-Roberts, are looking for a way back into the NBA, and could be potential additions to the the team's roster later in the summer.

This isn't the first time CDR, a Michigan native has been involved with the Pistons -- some may remember he took part in the team's 2012 summer league effort. Derrick Nix also isn't a new face on the Pistons'  radar, with the forward spending some time with the Grand Rapids Drive before opting to go overseas for better pay. Phil Pressey was a college teammate of former Piston Kim English, who spent a season with the team in 2012.

Pistons linked to more draft prospects

This week was slow compared to previous ones, but here is a brief breakdown of all the players linked to Detroit since the last edition of the Roundup:

  • As Prava88 noted in the latest Links, forward Domantas Sabonis and point guard Kay Felder have been linked to Motown over the past week. Sabonis is a projected first round pick and averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds during his last season with Gonzaga. Felder, out of Oakland University, put up 24.4 points and 9.3 assists last year, and is expected to be drafted late in the second round.
  • ESPN's Marc J. Spears reports that Greek center Georgios Papagiannis has a workout scheduled with Detroit. The 7'2" behemoth is currently mocked to be drafted late in the second round.

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