Draymond Green not likely to join Pistons

Terry Foster
The Detroit News

Auburn Hills — The odds of the Pistons signing restricted free agent Draymond Green are slim.

Green, the former Michigan State standout and Saginaw native, celebrated an NBA title Tuesday when he helped the Warriors beat the Cavaliers. After the game, he said he wants to stay in the Bay Area.

"I'll be back," he said. "I think we can do this for years to come."

Warriors officials said as much as well.

"Tell the Warrior fans they shouldn't worry," general manager Bob Myers told the San Jose Mercury News.

Myers also has the backing of ownership.

In a recent interview with The Sporting News, co-owner Joe Lacob said he is willing to go over the luxury tax to keep this team intact.

"I don't want to pay the luxury tax, nobody wants to," Lacob said. "That's why it is a luxury tax. It is very punitive. But if it means winning versus not winning, I choose winning. So that is not an issue. At the end of the day, all the things we are talking about are important, but the fans care about one thing. Are you winning? Not the luxury tax. If I'm not here to win, then I should not be here."

Wednesday's workout

Of the six players that worked out for the Pistons on Wednesday, Jonathan Holmes might be the best fit.

The 6-foot-9 power forward from Texas can play power forward and small forward, and is a hard-working spot-up shooter who moves well without the ball.

Holmes, who averaged 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds, shot 38.9 percent last season, 33.1 percent on 3-pointers.

"This would be a great place to be able to play," Holmes said of Detroit. "They have a great pick in the draft and I feel like my style fits here. It would be a big time move if I was able to move here."

NBAdraft.net predicts the Pistons will select Holmes in the second round (No. 38), though there is a chance he could go late first round.

... Iowa forward Aaron White is telling teams he can play both small forward and power forward.

"I am coming into this process to show that I can play multiple positions," White said. "I can space the floor if we go small ball and can also run the floor and shoot the threes. Show my versatility on the offensive and defensive ends. That is what translates in the NBA."