The Pistons have the 12 overall pick, and are projected by to take Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard.   Kennard is regarded by many as the best shooter in the draft.  The 6-foot-6 shooting guard made 43.8 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.   The Pistons could trade the 12 pick.  They don’t have a second round pick.

NHL/Red Wings Draft

The Vegas Golden Knights picked their team in the NHL Expansion draft, choosing Stanley Cup-winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to anchor the new team.

The Red Wings lost a good prospect and didn’t shed any salary to speak of.

Center Tomas Nosek was picked by the Golden Knights.  The 24 year old has only 17 games of NHL experience but impressed the Red Wings during an 11-game stint this season.

The Golden Knights passed on goalie Petr Mrazek and forwards Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm and Luke Glendening as well as defensemen Xavier Ouellet,  Ryan Sproul, Jonathan Ericsson and Niklas Kronwall.

The Red Wings hope to have a better night Friday when the NHL Draft begins.  Detroit has 11 picks, their most since 2000, including the 9th overall pick.  That’s their highest selection since 1990.  Detroit is hoping to bolster depth at center and defensive positions.

Billups in Talks with Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers and GM David Griffin are parting ways after next week and reports say Cavs owner Dan Gilbert met with former Pistons star Chauncey Billups for the second straight day.   Billups doesn't have any front-office experience, but his knowledge of the league and long-standing relationship with Gilbert make him attractive to the Cavaliers


The Battle Creek Bombers were beaten on the road by the Lakeshore Chinooks, 12-6 last night.   Lakeshore pulled away a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth to win it. The Bombers got home runs from Alec Trela and  Jordan Getzelman, who also had an RBI triple. The Bombers will face Lakeshore again tonight at Kapco Park.


The Tigers lost Game 3 in Seattle 7-5, their fifth straight loss. Justin Verlander was perfect through the first five innings.   The Tigers scored first on a James McCann home run in the third.  Justin Upton’s RBI single in the fourth made it 2-0 and he added two more RBI’s with a single in the sixth with another base hit. In the bottom half of the sixth, Verlander struck out his 10th Mariner to start the inning but Seattle’s Jarrod Dyson got a bunt single to break up the perfect game.  A couple of hits later, and it was 4-3 and Verlander was out of the game. Reliever Shane Greene was hammered for four runs on three hits and two walks in the 7th. Ian Kinsler had a solo homer in the 9th, but the Tigers fell 7-5.  Detroit is now seven games below .500.  Daniel Norris takes to the mound for the Tigers.  Broadcast time is 9:45pm on 95.3 WBCK.

Scherzer Loses No Hit Bid

Former Tiger Max Scherzer just missed a no-hitter last night.  Scherzer held Miami without a hit until A.J. Ellis got an infield single with one out in the eighth inning. The comebacker glanced off Scherzer's glove, and Washington wound up losing 2-1. "I thought I had caught it," Scherzer said. "When I looked at the glove, it was empty."