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Report: Isiah Thomas in talks to buy minority share of Detroit Pistons

May 16, 2014, 1:42 AM EDT

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This shouldn’t have Stan Van Gundy looking over his shoulder…. too much.

Pistons owner Tom Gores has wanted a way to involve franchise legend Isiah Thomas in the organization, just not with any power to make any kind of basketball decisions (that has never ended well). He apparently has found it.

Ownership. Thomas is in talks to buy a piece of the team, reports Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News.

Thomas and team officials are in preliminary discussions to make Thomas a minority owner, but the exact percentage hasn’t been agreed upon. It would make Thomas one of a few African-Americans with a stake in an NBA team.

“Not a ceremonial piece, but a respectable piece,” was how a source with knowledge of the negotiations termed the potential deal.

Gores strikes me as one of those owners that enjoys rubbing elbows with celebrities, of enjoying the perks of ownership. Not that he doesn’t want to win or set up a stable organization, but he likes the celebrity perks. He likes Thomas.

This is a good way to include Thomas while not having him have any real power — the key is not giving him any power. Don’t start taking his advice on basketball issues, that is why you brought in Van Gundy.

Also, it puts some of that money James Dolan paid Thomas for running the Knicks to good use.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - May 16, 2014 at 2:21 AM

    Off in the distance, James Dolan cries softly.

  2. 00maltliquor - May 16, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    Now THAT’S the Pistons we know and love! Signing Van Gundy made too much sense. Get Isiah in and sneak Otis Smith in through the backdoor and now we regain familiarity! Motor City baybayyy

    • sportsfan18 - May 16, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Getting Van Gundy was great…

      If you get Otis, you’ll be sorry…

  3. seanb20124 - May 16, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    Unless you have 51%, you have no say.

  4. unfly - May 16, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    Good for him.

  5. cantonbound13 - May 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    If Isiah is involved in any way , the Pistons are doomed.

    • sportsfan18 - May 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Kind of agree…

      First, as an IU grad, it kills me to say that Isiah should NOT be involved with an NBA team in any coaching or front office capacity whatsoever…

      The Pistons are doomed even if Isiah doesn’t end up with them… because ANY team and owner that even THINKS about adding Isiah is doomed simply because they’re stupid enough to think that adding him is a good thing.

      Isiah doesn’t need to end up in Detroit to be doomed as those running the Pistons are dumb enough to even entertain the thought of adding Isiah.

      Game over.

  6. bostonfrogs - May 18, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Isiah and Laimbeer both should be involved with this franchise–they’ve earned it.

    And what, exactly, is this huge risk by hiring them? For years and years now, the Pistons have been a pitiful, godawful team stocked with selfish, nondescript players and a boring, bland image–they aren’t just bad, they are completely and utterly irrelevant. I’d much rather take a chance on Isiah’s ceaseless obsession with winning and Laimbeer’s rigid enforcement of high standards than the empty suits that Detroit continues to trot out to appease all that is politically correct in the sporting world.

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