Motor City split: Pistons, Van Gundy go separate ways

Stan Van Gundy coached the Pistons for four seasons.

The Detroit Pistons have parted ways with president of basketball operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy, the team announced in a press release.

“We have decided that change is needed to take our basketball organization to the next level,” team owner Tom Gores said in the statement.

The Detroit Free Press broke the news of Van Gundy and the Pistons

Van Gundy met with Pistons officials Monday, when the decision was reached, ESPN reported.

Earlier this month an ESPN reported Van Gundy was “resisting” team owner Tom Gores’ suggestions on restructuring the front office.

“Van Gundy and Gores have been talking about a way to move forward together for two weeks, and some of that discussion has centered on the future role of general manager Jeff Bower,” ESPN wrote.

Bower and Gores reportedly met last week.

According to ESPN, former NBA player and current NBA TV analyst Brent Barry has drawn the team’s interest to potentially work in the team’s front office.

Van Gundy went 152-176 in four years with the Pistons. He has also coached the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, compiling a career record of 523-384. He led the Magic to the Finals in 2009, when they lost to the Raptors.

As ESPN noted, he has “one year and $7 million left on his original five-year deal, but most of his front office and coaching staff are in the final year of their contracts.”

Pistons stars Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond recently met with Gores to discuss Van Gundy’s coaching style, according to The Athletic.

1 Comment on "Motor City split: Pistons, Van Gundy go separate ways"

  1. Flatball | May 7, 2018 at 4:08 pm |

    I believe in the separation of powers: player, coach and GM. SVG was not getting the best out of his players. Player development was non-existent whatever happen to Dinwiddie, Caldwell-Pope, Middleton, Stanley Johnson , Ellenson and Kennard, that is 6 players he did nothing with.

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