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Quincy Miller looks to stick with Pistons

Terry Foster
The Detroit News
Quincy Miller drives against the Hornets' Troy Daniels during the second half Sunday.

Cleveland — It is a chance of a lifetime for second-year pro Quincy Miller.

He will take a few weeks off, play summer league basketball and then spend much of his time trying to impress Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and his staff. If he turns heads then the Pistons will keep him and possibly slot him into the rotation at small forward. If not, then his future is uncertain even though the Pistons hope to sign him to a deal.

He is a young man who longs for stability. He grew up in Chicago but at age 13 moved with in an uncle to North Carolina for a better life.

He played for four high schools, went to Baylor and has already played for seven different professional teams, including the Sacramento Kings and the Denver Nuggets who used the 38th overall pick to take him after his sophomore season.

Now he hopes to stick with the Pistons.

"It definitely means a lot," Miller said. "I want to be here and be part of the future with these guys. I want to be a part of Coach Van Gundy's plan. I mean I am just working as hard as I can to make an impression."

He was 0-for-6 from the field and had four rebounds and one assists in 16 minutes in Monday's 109-97 loss to the Cavaliers.

Things went better a day earlier.

Miller finished with six points, four rebounds and three assists while playing small forward during the Pistons' 116-77 victory over the Hornets Sunday night. He admitted nerves got the better of him and missed shots he normally makes.

"I was trying to aim it perfectly," Miller said. "I started to get comfortable as the game went on. I mean I have not played in so long. Once I got into the flow I was fine."

Van Gundy said it is part evaluation but just wants Miller to get acclimated with teammates.

"I want him to play our system and have a great offseason," Van Gundy said. "Yeah it is an evaluation to a certain degree but it is more about just getting him on the floor."

But the real tryout begins in the summer. The Pistons might switch him from small forward to power forward because he stands 6-foot-10. The Pistons need him to be stronger.

Van Gundy wants Miller to develop into an athletic energy guy that runs the floor and improves defensively.

"We think he can make shots," Van Gundy said. "We will see how he picks things up and plays with other people."

Prince's farewell?

Pistons fans might have seen Tayshaun Prince's final game in a Pistons uniform. There isn't much to play for and Van Gundy wants to take a longer look at Miller. Prince did not play in the Pistons' final home game and Van Gundy said Prince would only play if someone were injured or the team ran into deep foul trouble.

"Other than that he probably won't be in the rotation," Van Gundy said.

Slam dunks

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