Disgruntled Spencer Dinwiddie traded to Bulls to try revive career
After two seasons on the fringes of the Pistons' rotation, it seems that Spencer Dinwiddie may have grown tired of playing more minutes with their D-League affiliate rather than the main club, as the Detroit Free Press' Vince Ellis reveals the point guard wasn't enamored with his situation on the team. Although newly re-signed GM Jeff Bower didn't hint at any morale issues, he did explain to Ellis that trading the Colorado product to the Bulls was made with the second-year guard's future in mind.
"The biggest thing was giving Spencer an opportunity in another situation that could benefit him long-term,'' Bower said.
That isn't to say that the acquisition of Cameron Bairstow is an afterthought, the Australian center will give Motown some roster flexibility as the team decides the fate of third-string defensive anchor Joel Anthony. The move also corroborates speculation about the Pistons' draft plans, with Stan Van Gundy & Co. likely to draft a point guard in the first round in order to help fill the void behind incumbent starter Reggie Jackson. Detroit only has one other floor general on the roster in Grand Rapids Drive standout Lorenzo Brown, but he is currently in the same boat as Bairstow and Anthony, with the team having up until July 25 to decide whether or not to guarantee their respective contracts.
In Chicago, decisions also remain to be made regarding their point guard situation, Dinwiddie now finds himself higher up on the depth chart, slotting in behind Derrick Rose as the only other point guard on the squad, with veteran Aaron Brooks likely leaving the Bulls during the summer. The move, albeit minor, may help revive The Mayor's NBA career, and will help the Pistons free up some cap space and give them some added flexibility in what will promises to be a very interesting offseason.
Personnel moves sees changes in front office and on the bench
The offseason isn't only a time for free agent acquisitions, trades and draft speculation, as Detroit has shown through a flurry of internal personnel moves, as MLive's David Mayo, Hoops Rumors' Eddie Scarito and D-League Digest's Adam Johnson report. Pat Garrity has been promoted to assistant general manager to replace the Sacramento Kings bound Ken Catanella, and will be in charge of analytics and salary-cap machinations. Garrity was previously responsible for the team's strategic planning department. The second change sees Andrew Loomis, who was the director of basketball operations, being elevated to the team's chief of staff.
The coaching staff also saw its fair share of restructuring. Player development coach Quentin Richardson has left the team due to personal reasons, and has been replaced by Otis Smith. In turn, Rex Walters will be hired as the new Grand Rapids Drive head coach. Assistant coach Brendan Malone has moved from the bench to the scouting department, and will serve as the team's special assignment scout, he will be based out of New York. Bob Beyer, whom Stan Van Gundy has previously showered in praise, has been promoted to associate head coach. Per Scarito, here is what SVG had to say about the team's changes:
"I'm proud to announce the restructuring of our basketball staff knowing that we have great people expanding their roles while maintaining continuity within our department," coach/executive Stan Van Gundy said in the release. "Pat, Andrew and Bob are well deserving of new responsibilities and we welcome Otis to Detroit on a full-time basis. Brendan is moving away from the bench and returning to his New York roots, but will continue to provide great basketball counsel and insight that has made him a great basketball mind for decades. We thank Quentin for his hard work over the last two seasons and respect his desire to spend more time with his family in Orlando."
This restructuring comes on the heels of the re-signing of general manager Jeff Bower to a one-year contract extension that will see his contract end in 2018, and, as Mayo aptly points out, on top of becoming one of the more player-friendly teams in the League, it is also becoming known as a breeding ground for top executives.
Pistons linked to more prospects as draft looms
Pistons.com's Keith Langlois has been on the ball in terms of relaying which players have been working out or linked to the team over the past week, here are all the players reported by the Pistons' editor:
Trey Freeman (Old Dominion); Alex Hamilton (Louisiana Tech); Patrick McCaw (UNLV); Robert Carter (Maryland); Ben Bentil (Providence); Sheldon McClellan (Miami); Tim Quarterman (LSU); Bryn Forbes (Michigan State); Max Hooper (Oakland); Tyler Ulis (Kentucky); Kay Felder (Oakland); Ivan Zubac (International)
Per MLive's David Mayo:
Nikola Jovanovic (USC); Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga); Stefan Jankovic (Hawaii); Elgin Cook (Oregon); Brannen Greene (Kansas)
Per the Detroit News' Rod Beard:
Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame); A.J. Hammons (Purdue); Diamond Stone (Maryland); Andrew Andrews (Washington); Georgios Papagiannis (International); Landry Nnoko (Clemson)
Tweet of the Week
I want to thank the Pistons organization and Stan Van Gundy for taking a chance on me after my injury and giving me an opportunity— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) June 17, 2016