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The #Pistons Summer League games are upon us, and it starts on Monday July 9th.  All five of the Pistons’ games in Orlando Summer League will be televised live on NBA TV while also being replayed each night.  Bonus for all of those who have NBA TV.
The Summer League Roster consists of:

  • F Austin Daye
  • C Andre Drummond
  • G Kim English
  • F/C Yancy Gates
  • G Armon Johnson
  • G Brandon Knight
  • F/C Vernon Macklin
  • G/F Khris Middleton
  • G Patrick Richard
  • F Kyle Singler
  • G Casper Ware

Unfortunately it looks like we won’t get to look at what Ukrainian center Vyacheslav Kravtsov can do for the team just yet. He’s in negotiation with the Pistons and can’t officially sign a contract with them until July 11th.

The Schedule:

  • July 9: Pistons vs. Jazz, 3 p.m.
  • July 10: Pistons vs. Orlando, 3 p.m.
  • July 11: Pistons vs. Thunder, 1 p.m.
  • July 12: Pistons vs. Celtics, 11 a.m.
  • July 13: Pistons vs. 76ers, noon.

The Rules are a bit different for Summer League games.

  • 10-minute quarters
  • 3-minute overtime period(s)
  • 5 full timeouts per team per game
  • 2 one-minute mandatory TV timeouts per quarter on the first dead ball at 5:59 and then again at 2:59 on clock
  • Maximum of 3 full timeouts to be used in the 4th quarter per team
  • 1 :20 second timeout per team per half
  • 1 full timeout and one :20 second timeout per overtime period per team
  • Teams will be in the penalty on the 5th team foul of each quarter
  • Teams will be in the penalty in overtime on the 3rd team foul
  • No foul out rule – for each personal foul in excess of 6, the opposing team receives 2 free throws. For each personal foul in excess of 10, the opposing team receives 2 free throws and the ball.
  • 10-minute halftime periods during games
  • 10-minute intermission between game

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about the Pistons Summer League games since…ever.

 Vyacheslav Kravtsov

“The Detroit #Pistons have struck a verbal agreement to sign Ukranian centerto a multiyear deal, according to his agent.

“Vyacheslav intends to sign a player contract with the Pistons when the moratorium period ends,” Kravtsov’s representative, Jeff Schwartz, said Sunday night.

Pistons president Joe Dumars confirmed the negotiations in a statement Monday.

“We are engaged in negotiations with Vyacheslav Kravtsov and will enter into a player contract when the moratorium period ends,” he said in the statement.

July 11 is the first day NBA players can sign new contracts, but handshake agreements are permissible in the interim.

The 7-footer turns 25 in August and played for the Boston Celtics’ summer-league team in 2010 after going undrafted in 2009.

Kravtsov averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22 minutes per game last season for BC Donetsk in the Ukranian league. Scouts regard him as an excellent athlete who plays above the rim and is primarily known for his defensive abilities as a rebounder and shot blocker.” Via ESPN.com

Did anyone see something like this coming? Another big guy…ok.

God help me if he makes the team and I have to start spelling his name a regular basis.