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Pistons deny interest in Isiah Thomas

Mar 3, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Isiah Thomas

Breath easy, Pistons fans.

Isiah Thomas – reported to be a top contender to replace Joe Dumars as Detroit’s general manager – is not being considered, the team says.

David Mayo of MLive:

A spokesman for Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores called a report that the team is wooing Isiah Thomas as its next general manager “absolutely false.”

“He is not a candidate for any job with the Pistons,” Barnhill wrote about Thomas.

Mark Barnhill, a partner in Gores’ Platinum Equity, wrote in an email to MLive that he and Gores had dinner with Thomas a couple weeks ago in Los Angeles but the upcoming Bad Boys reunion “was the sole topic.  Period.”

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That the Pistons denied the initial report so vehemently speaks how toxic Thomas is. Part of that is failing so badly in his last job as general manager, and part of that is failing in the world’s largest media market. The former explains why Thomas doesn’t deserve the Pistons’ (possibly soon-to-be vacant) GM job, and the latter explains why everyone knows it.

The Pistons could have just not responded, as they likely would to most rumors. But even being perceived to be linked to Thomas has become damaging.

Welcoming him back for a championship reunion is one thing, but hiring him as general manager is entirely different. I know that. You know that.

The Pistons want to ensure we’re aware they know that, too.

  1. benjamincharlesparho - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Thank God, as a Pistons fan, I lost sleep over the reports this weekend.

  2. ocgunslinger - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    29 NBA teams are sad this morning.

  3. cantonbound13 - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Only Dolan is dumb enough to hire this loser.

    • ranfan12 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Can’t have done a worse job than MJ lol

  4. metrocritical - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Tom Gores may be a clueless, absentee owner, surrounded by clueless advisors and yes men but even he and his minions aren’t that clueless.

  5. mitchication - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Denied interest? The Pistons now have something in common with a former Knicks executive.

  6. cbking05 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Someone should hire him…great talent evaluator…just keep him away from the skirts in the office…

    • bougin89 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Great talent evaluator? I’m trying to see what you’re going for here. I get that one can be a great scout and not a good GM(or in Isiah’s case a horrible GM) but what talent did he ever find as the Knicks GM?

      He drafted Trevor Ariza, David Lee, Wilson Chandler in either the late first round or 2nd round. Those were solid draft picks. He traded for Nate Robinson on draft night.

      I guess we can agree to disagree but I don’t think that makes a GM a “great talent evaluator” especially with all his decisions he made on players already in the league.

  7. starvingardens - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Wow that would have been bad news! Isaiah is just like evil itself. He brings fear, no hope, and despair to whatever team he touches with his basketball visions.

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