Pistons GM Tom Gores plans to keep Stan Van Gundy next season, but front office role may be given up
After the Detroit Pistons just missed out on the playoffs during the 2017-18 season, it was reported on Tuesday by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that the team plans to bring back head coach Stan Van Gundy for the 2018-19 campaign. However, Pistons owner Tom Gores reportedly wants to change things up a bit in Detroit’s front office and possibly strip Van Gundy of his presidential duties with the team.
“Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores wants Stan Van Gundy to return as coach for the final year of his contract, but would prefer for that scenario to include structural changes to the franchise’s front office, league sources told ESPN,” Wojnarowski said.
Coach Van Gundy still has one year left worth $7 million on his five-year contract with the Pistons, but most of the team’s front office are in the final years of their contracts. This includes Pistons general manager Jeff Bower, who is expected to meet with Gores later this week.
Although Bower and the Pistons were able to pull off the blockbuster trade for former L.A. Clippers star power forward Blake Griffin back in late January, the team was plagued by injuries and was unable to play to their full potential without Griffin, star center Andre Drummond, and point guard Reggie Jackson together in coach Van Gundy’s starting lineup.
When healthy, Detroit is definitely capable of making some noise in the Eastern Conference with very realistic playoff chances for the 2018-19 NBA season.