September 25, 2022

Jaden Ivey dropped his head after the Sacramento Kings selected Keegan Murray fourth overall. There was no way it would go past five, he thought. Ivey has family in Detroit, and the city felt like home when the Detroit Pistons hosted him for pre-draft practice.

Ivey, of course, got his wish. And instead of spending time at home with his mother, Niele, in South Bend, Indiana, he stayed in Detroit to train.

The Pistons’ summer league roster showed up at the practice facility late last week, and Ivey got acclimated with his new teammates. On Tuesday they will fly to Las Vegas and prepare for their first summer league game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

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“I see myself fitting in well,” Ivey said at the Pistons’ pre-summer league press conference on Sunday. “I feel like we’re connected. In the first two days I feel like we were all connected as a group, we were talking to each other and building that team chemistry. I think it’s “is the most important thing. I love that these guys are ready, it’s so much fun to play with. I can’t wait to play in the summer league.