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Stan Van Gundy gives the Piston’s off-season an A grade

Coaching stalwart Stan Van Gundy is pleased with the way the summer went for his Detroit Pistons, according to Keith Langlois of NBA.com.

This summer, the team picked up Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinijie in the NBA draft and signed Ish Smith, John Leuer and Boban Marjanovic in free agency.

Counting the move earlier in the year for Tobias Harris, Van Gundy believes that his roster has been strengthened, even grading the off-season activity.

“People forget that over half of the potential cap space was used on Tobias Harris during the year,” Van Gundy said. “So you really have to look, even though we did it at the trade deadline, that was a cap space move that allowed us going forward to do it and still be able to acquire other guys. So I throw Tobias into that. When you look at him in that group, to me it’s definitely an A (grade).”

Addressing the signings of Smith and Leuer, SVG explained how they would help the team improve.

“We thought we wanted to add a little bit more quickness and pace to our second unit,” Van Gundy said. “We thought Ish did that. We thought we definitely needed more size at the four spot coming off the playoff series. There’s always guys who play well. Kyrie (Irving) had a great series. But we just didn’t really have a matchup, size-wise, to go to with (Kevin Love).”

“We wanted to add more size at that spot but not give up athleticism, not give up shooting, and Jon Leuer was really the only guy out there that we thought fit everything that we wanted in that spot. Shot 38 percent from three, 6-foot-11. He’s a very good athlete with great quickness. He’s a guy we had our eye on for a couple of years and we just thought would be a really good fit to what we wanted.”

Pistons fans have enough reasons to trust Van Gundy’s vision for the team and will hope that the movement during the off-season will take them to another level.

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