AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons dance team is looking for dancers who are talented, outgoing and energetic when auditions are held for the 2012-13 Detroit Pistons Dancers on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Dance team members perform during games and at halftime alongside some of the biggest names in music including Taio Cruz, Flo Rida, Wyclef Jean, T-Pain, Gladys Knight and Hammer.

The Pistons have known about Slava Kravtsov for a while now. They saw him play for Boston in the 2010 Summer League and agreed with the consensus opinion: He simply wasn’t ready to play in the NBA at that point. So they filed his name away, as they do scores of names every summer, and decided he was worth monitoring.

(Editor’s note: Pistons.com starts a six-part series profiling the players who participated in Orlando Pro Summer League and project to be a part of the 2012-13 regular-season roster with a look at Brandon Knight. Coming Wednesday: Andre Drummond.)

ORLANDO – Every waking minute of Summer League was a learning experience for Pistons rookie Andre Drummond. What did he learn about Brandon Knight?

“He’s like a church mouse,” Drummond grinned. “He doesn’t really talk much unless we’re on the floor.”

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ­– The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has signed free agent center Viacheslav Kravtsov to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to add Viacheslav Kravtsov to our roster and welcome him to the organization,” said Joe Dumars, Pistons President of Basketball Operations. “He’s a young player with good size, rebounding and shot-blocking ability. He will provide us with some quality depth at the center position.”

ORLANDO – If one of Summer League’s purposes is to indoctrinate young players to the NBA’s rigors, one of them is learning how to battle through injuries and win. Kyle Singler and Brandon Knight weren’t injured, but Joe Dumars and Lawrence Frank had seen enough of them through four games, so the finale was turned over to their teammates.

Khris Middleton again started for Singler and undrafted free agent Casper Ware for Knight and they scored the last two critical baskets as the Pistons beat Philadelphia 71-67 on Friday.

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