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Report: Pistons reach deal in principle to make Stan Van Gundy coach, president of basketball operation

May 13, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT

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The Detroit Pistons are now in Stan Van Gundy’s hands.

In a move that happened fairly quickly, the Detroit Pistons have swooped in, snatched Stan Van Gundy from the seemingly inevitable landing spot in Golden State, and essentially turned their basketball operations over to him.

Momentum for this grown for this throughout the day and Marc Stein of ESPN broke the news.

It had been previously reported that Van Gundy planned to bring in former Magic GM Otis Smith to hold that position with the Pistons.

Detroit owner Tom Gores cleaned house firing coach Mo Cheeks midseason then letting longtime GM and decision maker Joe Dumars go after the season. It was time. The Pistons were a team with some nice pieces but without a master plan.

This is a great move by the Pistons. They just brought in accountability for the players. They just brought in a plan for building.

They have a franchise big man in Andre Drummond, and last time Stan Van Gundy coached he helped develop a franchise big man named Dwight Howard and put a team around him that went all the way to the NBA Finals. With Drummond and Greg Monroe up front, plus guys like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Singler and maybe Brandon Jennings (not really a Stan Van Gundy player) there are pieces they can make work.

Plus there is Josh Smith, who SVG can either try to mold or discard. But that is his new anchor contract to deal with.

I’m not sold on Otis Smith — he was incredibly loyal to Van Gundy in Orlando, but his is also the guy that drafted Fran Vasquez, vastly overpaid Rashard Lewis then eventually traded Lewis for the worse contract of Gilbert Arenas. Not sure I love him in the GM role, even with Van Gundy’s oversight.

With Van Gundy going to the Pistons, the Warriors are expected to make another run at Steve Kerr to be their coach, according to multiple reports.

Still, this is a big win for the Pistons — they just got the best guy available on the market and put him in charge of the team. That is how you succeed.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 13, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Super Mario is back!

    • detroitbasketballfan - May 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Maybe Luigi Datome recruited him there?

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        Nice! Wish I had thought of that.

  2. rodge1 - May 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Van Gundy is awesome, wish him the best.

  3. rawgator06 - May 13, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    damn it. Now he has to leave the Dan LeBatard Show

  4. cantonb0und13 - May 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Glad to see SVG back coaching. Now only if they can trade Josh Smith for a burrito bowl at Chipotle.

    • therealhtj - May 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      No way Chipotle makes that deal. Burrito Bowl knows its limitations.

      • cantonb0und13 - May 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Good point. Perhaps a happy meal from McDonalds? Who am I kidding, they won’t take him for free.

  5. djlexluger - May 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    A bowl of chipotle may be too much.

  6. metrocritical - May 13, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    This might not lead directly to a championship but it’s an immeasurable upgrade over the Dumars, Kuester, Frank, Cheeks/Hoyer combos that sank the Pistons into the bowels of irrelevance these past eight years or so. Tom Gores may be clueless but he might’ve just found someone who isn’t it.

  7. odenxx - May 13, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    At least Pat Riley can’t come down and ring block him this time

  8. soflasfinest - May 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    I’ll miss him on the LeBatard radio show. Good guy, borderline great coach. Good luck Stan

  9. albundyrocks - May 13, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Good hire

  10. albundyrocks - May 13, 2014 at 11:58 PM


  11. holographicribs - May 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Good. Now try and unload Josh Smith onto someone stupid.

  12. holographicribs - May 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM


    • sportsfan18 - May 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Would you trade FOR him if you ran another team?

      Has Dumars already been hired to run another team?

  13. realfootballfan - May 14, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Wow! I guess it’s f*** you, Golden State, lol.

  14. campcouch - May 14, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    President of basketball operations hires a GM who in turn watches his employer coach for him. Will the universe implode? Ah well,I guess Golden State doesn’t look so desireable…there’s always Jeff Van Gundy.

  15. 00maltliquor - May 14, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    Well, if that’s not a middle finger to Golden State….

  16. jcrileyesq - May 14, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    I cant wait see svg lose it when josh chucks up a 3….must see tv

  17. sounddawg313 - May 14, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Gores hires a guy to be coach & president who lost his last 2 locker rooms & regressed as a coach in Mia and Orl. Mia he lost in the conference semifinals, lost conference finals then resigned. Orl lost in conference semifinals, lost in NBA finals, lost in conference finals, then put out the 1st round his last 2 years, this is supposed to be a good choice?

  18. peddealer - May 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    You heard it hear first, Josh Smith to the Bobcats.

  19. money2long - May 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Josh smith can be an asset if he is moved to power forward.
    Having him at small forward makes him think he is lebron and can do whatever he wants.
    At pf he is very verasitile and in this day and age in the nba his defense and foot speed is great at the 4.

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