May 16, 2014, 1:42 AM EST
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.
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