The Detroit Pistons and president of basketball operations and coach Stan Van Gundy have parted ways after the crew did not make the playoffs once more.
Van Gundy met with Pistons officers on Monday afternoon, league sources stated.
“We have decided that this change is necessary to take our basketball organization to the next level,” Pistons proprietor Tom Gores stated in an announcement. “This was a very difficult decision and we did not come to it lightly. I am grateful to Stan for everything he’s done for the Pistons and for the City of Detroit. He rebuilt the culture of our basketball team, re-instilled a winning attitude and work ethic, and took us to the playoffs two years ago. He went all-in from day one to positively impact this franchise and this community.”
As president of basketball operations and coach, Van Gundy had full authority on participant personnel and staffing — however Gores had prompt adjustments together with normal supervisor Jeff Bower — that Van Gundy resisted, sources stated.
Van Gundy and Gores had been speaking a few approach to transfer ahead collectively for 2 weeks, and far of that dialogue had centered on the longer term position of Bower, league sources stated.
Bower, who Van Gundy employed and trusted implicitly to run the day-to-day operations of his entrance workplace, met individually with Gores final week, league sources stated. Bower is within the closing yr of his contract.
Van Gundy had one yr, $7 million left on his authentic five-year deal, however most of his entrance workplace and training employees had been within the closing yr of contracts.
“Stan is a competitor and he wanted to finish the job,” Gores stated. “He retooled a roster that we think can be very competitive in the East. I know he’s disappointed, and that he cares deeply about his players, his staff, this organization and this city. He’s also a professional who will make sure this is a seamless transition, and someone I hope will be a friend and adviser to me long after this transition is completed.”
Van Gundy and Bower engineered the Blake Griffin commerce in January, however performed with out start line guard Reggie Jackson and Griffin due to harm for a lot closing stretch of a 39-43 season. Together, Griffin and Jackson had been Eight-Four. With Jackson within the lineup, the Pistons had been 27-18 on the season.
The Pistons missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season, after incomes the eighth-seed with a 44-38 document and dropping to the Cleveland Cavaliers within the opening-round of 2016-17 Eastern Conference playoffs.
Van Gundy has missed the postseason in three of his four years on the job, though the franchise might be well-positioned for a return to the playoffs with a wholesome roster subsequent season. Van Gundy and Bower inherited a floundering franchise in want over an entire overhaul, and improved from 32 to 44 victories and a playoff berth within the second yr — 2015-16 — of Van Gundy’s regime.
Van Gundy has additionally coached Miami and Orlando, posting a 523-384 document.
One candidate anticipated to be strongly thought of for a task in a revamped Pistons entrance workplace is Brent Barry, sources advised ESPN.
The Warriors tried to rent Barry in a scouting place final summer season however bumped into problems due to his ongoing TV commitments, league sources advised ESPN’s Zach Lowe. The two sides even mentioned a possible part-time association that might have allowed Barry to meet his TNT duties, with the understanding he would come to Golden State full time upon the expiration of his TV contract, however the talks fell by, sources advised Lowe.
Barry is not anticipated to be a candidate to supervise the Pistons basketball operations, however relatively play a complementary position studying the entrance workplace enterprise, league sources stated. Gores and chairman Arn Tellem are anticipated to try to rent an skilled league government to supervise the entrance workplace.
Tellem, a longtime agent within the NBA, won’t develop into the president of basketball operations or normal supervisor, however he might have an expanded position past the enterprise aspect, supply stated.