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Report: Pistons pursuing Stan Van Gundy as coach and general manager

May 13, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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Stan Van Gundy is reportedly close to become the Golden State Warriors’ next coach, the expected culmination of a week of reports on both sides’ interest.

How do you interrupt that momentum?

Offer Van Gundy more.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Detroit Pistons are pursuing Stan Van Gundy with a lucrative offer to assume complete control of basketball operations and coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

As coach, Van Gundy could build a scheme around Andre Drummond much like what the Magic had around Dwight Howard. Drummond is that type of anchoring talent, and the Pistons have failed to put him in ideal position to succeed. There is no better coach to fix that than Van Gundy.

However, it would be a bit more complicated in Detroit with the presence of Greg Monroe and Josh Smith, two starting-caliber players who don’t shoot well from the perimeter. Orlando surrounded Howard with four shooters to create spacing.

But how to handle Monroe and Smith wouldn’t be Van Gundy’s problem. That would be the general manager’s issue.

Oh Van Gundy would be the general manager, too? Hmmm.

That’s a whole lot of Van Gundy setting the tone for the organization.

I believe Howard actually appreciated playing for Van Gundy more often than not – maybe even wishes he were still playing for him. But their relationship soured late in their time together because, at least in part, Van Gundy can be grating over time. He’s still trying to shed the “Master of Panic” label, though he’s perfectly content being a details hound (a great trait, but one which produces thoughts that must be communicated to others with some care).

Is that the man the Pistons want in charge of everything?

If they do, they have a significant advantage over the Warriors, who offer the better team.

I doubt Golden State would demote general manager Bob Myers just to hire Van Gundy for that large role. The Warriors would probably offer a higher coaching salary, but by combining two openings, the Pistons might put together a financial package that beats what Golden State offers just for coaching.

Van Gundy is a good coach, one the Pistons should absolutely pursue. It might even be worth it to give him a chance as general manager – he has no front-office experience – to get him as a coach.

But if Van Gundy weren’t coming as a coach, I can’t believe Detroit would have any interest in him as general manager. That’s important for the Pistons to remember as they proceed.

  1. spursareold - May 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    SVG – Detroit is a hot mess, and they have almost no shooters to run your offense and space the floor. Go to GS.

  2. timcast12 - May 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Lol Pitons

  3. tigers182 - May 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    That chick is cute

    • cbking05 - May 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      She’s also only twelveteen …

      • fanofthegame79 - May 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        “I swear judge, she said she was 18!!”

      • pacers24 - May 14, 2014 at 7:02 AM

        so are a majority of the idiots who post on here lol

  4. cantonb0und13 - May 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Mark my words, Andre Drummond will be the best center next season. He just have to work on his free throws, then he’s golden.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      I know I always bring up LeBron, but if the Cavs drafted Drummond, then I can see LeBron seriously consider signing with the Cavs. To this day, I still don’t understand why the Cavs didn’t drafted Drummond. Explains why they have a new G.M. and head coach once again.

      • mortalkondek - May 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        But Andre was drafted in 2012. LBJ was 2 years removed from Cleveland at that point.

      • jeffkx - May 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        I agree with that. But Dion played pretty well this season so it wasn’t like the Cavs passed on Drummond and got a bust. I’m still in the camp that says LeBron may come back if the Cavs trade for another star this off-season to pair with Kyrie. We have the assets for a big trade (Dion, Tristan, all our future #1s, the Miami #1, Memphis #1). I’ve set my sights on Nikola Pekovic. Minnesota could clear the remaining $48m left on his deal and it would allow them to start Gorgui Dieng.

  5. mogogo1 - May 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    After paying Phil Jackson to consult and come up with the great Mo Cheeks the last time, I’m glad the Pistons aren’t trying to hire Steve Kerr this go around.

  6. fm31970 - May 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    I can’t see anyone but a re-tread coach taking the Pistons job. To be saddled with Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings for another three years is not a good thing, despite the upside of Drummond. Unless…

    “Hi, Mr. Dolan? We have a great trade package for you, which includes Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings…”

    • 00maltliquor - May 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      “…..say no more! We’ll give you Shump, TH Jr. and a couple of draft picks to sweeten the deal.”

      • cantonb0und13 - May 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        The sad part is this will probably happen. Stoudemire’s expiring contract and Shumpert for J. Smith and B. Jennings. There goes the Knicks future flexibility.

      • bkbell3 - May 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        Jennings is a shoot first point guard with a career shooting % of barely 40% who can’t finish at the rim and can’t play any defense and josh smith can’t shoot and has one of the lowest basketball IQ’s in the NBA. Both of their contracts are horrible and then some.

  7. unxpexted1 - May 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    I mean, Detroit has pieces…they just have pieces that don’t fit.

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