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Report: Joe Dumars, frustrated with criticism, expected to be out as Pistons’ general manager

Mar 5, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

Joe Dumars

Joe Dumars might not be replaced by Isiah Thomas, but it still seems unlikely Dumars will return next season as the Detroit Pistons’ general manager.

Dumars is in the final season of his contract. Ownership superseded him to fire his chosen head coach. And he didn’t make a move at the trade deadline.

All signs point to Pistons owner Tom Gores running out the clock on Dumars.

Here’s one more.

Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report:

sources do not expect Dumars to stay in the position much longer—either he’ll step down or owner Tom Gores will go in a new direction. Dumars, one source said, is weary of the criticism he has received in trying to rebuild the Pistons after constructing a franchise that went to the Eastern Conference Finals six years in a row (2003-2008). The criticism, the source said, fails to account for a dismal Detroit economy and restraints placed on Dumars while the franchise was up for sale and ultimately changed ownership hands.

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Dumars has faced restraints, but so does every general manager.

The ownership change and Michigan’s economy don’t excuse giving $58 million to Ben Gordon, $37.7 to Charlie Villanueva or $54 million to Josh Smith. They don’t excuse practically giving away Arron Afflalo and Amir Johnson. They don’t excuse hiring Michael Curry, John Kuester, Lawrence Frank and Maurice Cheeks.

Even if Dumars had a tighter budget for hiring coaches, he shouldn’t have done so poorly. There are gems to be found. How much is Charlotte paying Steve Clifford?

The best thing Dumars can do is go away quietly when the season ends, letting Pistons fans eventually remember him for being a great player and assembling the 2004 championship team. It at least sounds like he’ll do that.

  1. thetooloftools - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Sometimes it’s just better to jump then to finally be pushed.

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    I’m sure Pistons fans are not frustrated with him. I mean who wouldn’t like rooting for Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, Maurice Cheeks, Charlie V, errrrrrr

  3. spthegr8 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    If the shoe fit’s Joe….If the shoe fit’s!!

  4. stayhigh_247 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    He’s frustrated! Really? Pistons fans are frustrated, while the fan base lives in ruins and poverty, he goes home to a nice clean suburban mansion. People use sports to take their minds off of real life for a few hours and heres a guy who has had 10 years to get them back in contention and has failed at every turn. Its time to move on Joe, but you can’t be frustrated! Those millions you get paid should ease your discomfort/

    • acieearl - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Meanwhile since 2011 Owner Tom Gores Net Worth has jumped roughly half a billion dollars. Yeah Joe cry about the poverty in Detroit. Grasp at every last straw.

      How he has continued to get a pass after the coaching hires, draft picks, trades, and free agent signings is beyond me. Yes, he was fantastic during a 1-2 year stretch building a championship caliber team that made it to the conference finals during the weakest years in the history of the EC, but he has been Jordanesque since.

    • sportsinhd - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      I’m sure there are a lot of Pistons fans living in poverty, but the people who can afford to go to games aren’t living on the streets. The city of Detroit is broke, but the burbs around Motown’s rotten core still have a great deal of money.

      It’s hard to pity a millionaire, and I don’t feel sorry for Dumas. He’s the one that’s built bad team after bad team, but your comment makes every Piston fan seem as if they are waiting in line at a soup kitchen and wearing rags.

  5. jimthebuilder27 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    It’s ’bout time partner!

    What took so long??

  6. ryanrockzzz - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Joe went all out trying to save his job last year in a weak FA class. Patience gets you far when building a team. I like him as a talent evaluator, Detroit does pick good talent. They just let it go (Affalo) or bring in bad pieces (see last year’s FA class) to support it.

  7. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    I see the Pistons going to another city. No player appeal anymore

    • tuberippin - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Said a fan of the team that is about to lose Carmelo Anthony.

  8. papacrick - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    There’s no way in hell I should be a better GM than anybody running an NBA franchise but here we are. I, along with the fellow posters on here, all have a better understanding of the Pistons roster and what players they need and who should be avoided. Then you factor this year’s draft after all the blunders in FA and it’s mind boggling. Trey Burke was such an easy pick on so many levels yet he selects KCP who will be out of the league in two seasons. It’s like he is intentionally sabotaging the team to prove a point or something and for that he should be sentenced to death!!

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      lol, I know you’re getting thumbs downed for this but I was thinking the same exact thing.

  9. azarkhan - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Gee, just a few short years ago everybody was calling him a great GM.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      A few yrs ago?

      Detroit’s record the past “few” yrs…

      2013/2014 – 24 & 36 so far this season

      2012/2013 – 29 & 53
      2011/2012 – 25 & 41
      2010/2011 – 30 & 52
      2009/2010 – 27 & 55
      2008/2009 – 39 & 43

  10. cantonbound13 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Isiah’s available

  11. DonKellyBaby - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Pistons fans have every right to criticise Joe Dumars. Since 2008, Dumars has completely destroyed this organization and made the one of the worst franchises in the NBA.

    * When he’s had money to spend, he’s blown it on horrible contracts:
    -Charlie V
    -Ben Gordon
    -Josh Smith
    -Horrible sign-and-trade for Jennings

    * He’s blown multiple lotto picks
    -Can’t blame him for Darko (but still a horrible pick)
    -Austin Daye over Ty Lawson
    -KCP (still a little too early) over MCW

    * He’s let the horrible chemistry with players run every coach out of Detroit

    * He’s made horrible trades
    – Trading Ben Gordon & a future 1st for an expiring contract

  12. csbanter - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Joe D badboy 4 ever $h!t happens.

  13. xli2006 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    The fact that he survived drafting Darko over Melo alone should make him glad he stayed on as long as he did. That was one of the worst draft decisions a GM has made in any sport.

    • DonKellyBaby - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Cant entirely blame him for drafting Darko. Pretty much every other GM and NBA analyst said Darko was the unanimous #2 pick in the class.

  14. thewalkoffktxt - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    The Pistons need new blood. Plain and simple. Dumars still has a sterling reputation in Detroit from his playing days and the 2004 championship; once he’s gone, he’ll still have those to hang his hat on.

  15. ranfan12 - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Detroit’s woes have no end any time soon, whether it’s basketball or political affairs

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