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Report: Joe Dumars to remain with Pistons as advisor

Apr 13, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

Joe Dumars

Joe Dumars is out as Pistons’ general manager. That’s been expected for months.

So, surely the Pistons had a plan to proceed without him, and now its unfolding.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

David Mayo of MLive:

When Karen Davidson sold the franchise to Tom Gores, she retained a small ownership stake so the team would remain with the family of Bill Davidson, its late owner. This seems to follow the same logic – keep Dumars, a great figure in franchise history, involved, even if superficially. His contract expires June 30 or July 1 (both have been reported), so if he’s not resigning out of pride or any other reason, he needs to fill some role in the interim. It seems mostly symbolic.

But why are George David and Ken Catanella slated to be in charge for so long? The draft and free agency are huge for the Pistons’ future, and the next general manager should run the offseason from the get-go. Again, given how obvious this shakeup was, the Pistons should have already begun searching for a replacement for Dumars.

If that replacement is David or Catanella, that’s fine. Name him general manager.

Otherwise, Gores is making the next general manager’s job more difficult – unless the future replacement happens to agree fully with David and Catanella, but what are the odds of that?

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Sounds like Dumars isn’t the only, and maybe not even the biggest problem with the team.

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    The Pistons knew they’d found their man. And all was fine & well with Joe Newmars. But after the title run the roster stagnated because he never Joe Grewmars. The pressure of success mounted; he picked up two live phones and said to Ben Gordon & Charlie Villanueva, I’m Joe Domars, sign here! But the bold signings begat dark times and the fans turned on Joe Boomars. Then the fear set in; he sensed the inevitability of a Joe Coupmars. He thought, “A preemptive strike will turn the tide.” So he went about spending every free penny of once and future cap on Josh Smith & Brandon Jennings… proving once and for all that he didn’t have a Joe Cluemars. So the writing adorned the Palace walls and he was forced to make peace with his fate; but no, he could still save face! He burst back through the office doors and threatened to Joe Suemars for breach of contract. The boss knew he was Joe Screwmars’d and capitulated, “Fine. You will serve in an advisory role in name only and when your contract expires you & the Pistons are Joe Throughmars!”

    And thus is the story of how he climbed the executive mountain in order to drop an avalanche of Joe Poohmars down upon the team, fans, and city.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Whoa, that dude has been sniffing too much Joe Gluemars.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Whoa, that dude has been sniffing too much Joe Gluemars.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      What…what just happened here? And you got at yourself in a self-reply too?

      ….bartender, I’ll have what he’s having^

      • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Umm, can I blame sleep deprivation? I guess sometimes I just need to be weird and what better place than anonymous internet blog?

  3. chiadam - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    He’ll be advising a basketball team but will be away from basketball operations. Got it.

  4. rajbais - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM


    He advised the owner to sign Josh Smith to an immovable contract.

    Shouldn’t he be told to go away?

    Whom is this owner getting advice of naming a failed GM and ex-Piston an advisor from, Jim Dolan?

    • ocgunslinger - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Probably Isiah Thomas lurking in the background as well.

  5. savvybynature - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    This is actually a brilliant move by the Pistons.
    Keep him around to get his advice, that way you now exactly what NOT to do. Brilliant!

  6. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:45 AM

    LOL! I thought he Joe Blewmars!

  7. bostonfrogs - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    Time to bring Isiah and Billy Laimbeer home. I don’t care what Isiah did with the Knicks, the Raptors, the CBA, etc–he was a WINNER with the Pistons, and one of the best leaders in Detroit sports history. As for Laimbeer, the guy has done nothing but win everywhere he’s been–both on and off the court–so naturally Joe Dumars felt that Michael Curry and Maurice Cheeks would be a better fit with his rudderless style of leadership.

    It may work out to bring the Bad Boy legends home, it may not. But one thing is certain: it would make the Pistons worth watching again. As things stand right now, Piston basketball is boring and bad–it’s almost as if a Detroit Lion game has broken out in the Palace of Auburn Hills. Other than the Milwaukee Bucks, I can’t think of a more nondescript team in the league than Detroit, and Tom Gores has to know it.

  8. mogogo1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Reminiscent of how the Knicks dumped Isiah Thomas as GM yet kept paying him as an advisor for several more years. A sign of terrible ownership. Slow to figure out they have the wrong guy, but too scared to do a clean break and pick a different direction.

  9. metrocritical - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    What was apparent upon transfer of ownership has now become painfully obvious: Tom Gores and his advisors don’t have a clue about how to run an NBA franchise. If they had done their homework at all, they would’ve realized that Dumar’s magic had faded and would never have let him pick another head coach, make another trade or sign another free agent. This absentee, irresponsible owner allowed this team to fall into greater disarray and has not shown any sign that he is capable of fixing anything related to team performance.

  10. bostonfrogs - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Just pitiful moderation–doesn’t post comments for hours and hours, and then it’s as if you’re using “eenie, meenie, mynie, moe” to make your selections. Either have a comment section or don’t, but picking only 13 completely random comments in a huge sports story like Joe Dumars stepping aside is pathetic.

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