The Detroit Pistons are in for a big surprise on Christmas Day when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Joe Louis Arena.
The Pistons and Timberwolves have been linked for months but the Pistons haven’t had a meeting since Jan. 3.
“We’re hoping to have a meeting in January and a meeting this week or so,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Tuesday.
Van Gundie said the team is not looking to trade Brandon Jennings.
“I think we have to stay focused on our mission,” Van Gundys said.
“The mission is to win games, get back to the playoffs, and make the playoffs.”
Jennings was the MVP last season.
The Timberwolves won 73 games, the NBA’s best regular season total since the Lakers won 81 in 1994.
“That’s all we want to do,” Jennings said.
He scored 34 points on 10-of-16 shooting.
The two teams are tied for the NBA lead in assists with 32 each.
Minnesota won a season-high 69 in Detroit on Nov. 22.
“This is not about a basketball team,” Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said.
The Wolves were one of five teams to win 10 or more games.
Minnesota is in a playoff spot with the eighth seed and is two games behind Golden State for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
They have lost six straight at home.
“It’s a very, very good team.
I know they’re a good team, but we have got to win the next four games,” Jennings told reporters.
Jennings said he will take time to reflect on the past and the future, which will come with the Christmas holiday.
“No matter what, you have to take some time,” Jennings added.
“You have to be a little bit more aware of what’s going on.
I think I’m ready.” “
But I’m going to continue to do what I’m doing.
I think I’m ready.”
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