Pistons owner wants Van Gundy, front-office changes

Stan Van Gundy coached the Pistons for four seasons.

Stan Van Gundy is expected to return to the Detroit Pistons, according to a report from ESPN, but team owner Tom Gores would like to see some changes to the front office.

Van Gundy has served as the team’s president of basketball operations and head coach, with full control over the roster. He is “resisting” Gores’ suggestions to the way the front office is structured, ESPN reported.

“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 are expected to meet this week, the report said.

Van Gundy is 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.