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August 10, 2014 Updates

Question: The No. 1 topic that has dominated the entire off-season has been Greg Monroe. What are your thoughts on the contract impasse? (Monroe is a restricted free agent.) Answer: “We think Greg is a great player. First of all, he’s done a really great job of establishing himself as a player in Detroit. He’s shown great respect to the city and as a young man he’s really done everything we could ask of him. “With Greg we just believe in him. I’d like Greg to really get excited about being in Detroit because he deserves it. He’s really been good to the city. You’ve seen him. He’s good to the city. Stan is going to have to figure out exactly everybody’s role, but we’re believers in Greg Monroe. He’s not just a great player; he also has a good basketball character. I know it’s been a lot of the off-season stuff, but I’m a believer in Greg Monroe.” Detroit Free Press

Q: There’s a pretty substantial offer on the table (slightly better on a per-year basis than the four-year, $54-million deal Josh Smith signed last summer). Is there any disappointment that it hasn’t resolved itself and he hasn’t taken the offer yet? A: “Of course we would like him to do that, but the fact is Greg has to decide what’s exactly right for him and he has great people representing him. We’d like Greg to get on board, but he’s got time to think about it and we should give him that time.” Detroit Free Press

August 9, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons are in advanced negotiations to hire former Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith to coach their NBA D-League franchise, according to NBA coaching sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy has targeted Smith -- his former boss and close associate in Orlando -- to move to the coaching side of the business by taking charge of Detroit’s new D-League expansion team, which will begin play this season in nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. ESPN.com

You're still a restricted free agent, and it's still up in the air on what team you'll be on next year. How much has that been on your mind during this trip? Monroe: Not very much, to be honest. It's been great to get out here, relax, clear my mind and take this new experience in. I don't listen to all of the reports and rumors -- I'm just enjoying the fresh air. SI.com: When do you expect to sort out your contract? When you head back to the U.S., is that priority No. 1? Monroe: I'm heading back Saturday. We're still trying to sort things out. I'm really not sure what is going to happen, I've just enjoyed my time here, and it's been nice to get away and do something positive with my time. Sports Illustrated

August 8, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy has targeted Smith -- his former boss and close associate in Orlando -- to move to the coaching side of the business by taking charge of Detroit’s new D-League expansion team, which will begin play this season in nearby Grand Rapids, Mich. One source said Friday that a deal is not done but that the sides are closing in on an agreement. ESPN.com

August 7, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons have hired former NBA star Tim Hardaway as an assistant coach. Pistons coach and team president Stan Van Gundy announced the hiring Thursday. Hardaway, a five-time All-Star, averaged 17.7 points during an NBA career that lasted from 1989-2003. Boston Herald

Tim Haraway Sr. said Thursday that he is leaving the Miami Heat as a scout to join the coaching staff of the Detroit Pistons. “I’m ecstatic,” Hardaway said. “It’s something I wanted to do. It’s all about teaching. I’m good at teaching and understanding players." RealGM

Tim Hardaway, who combined with Alonzo Mourning to help lead the Heat to four consecutive Atlantic Division titles and was at the epicenter of the compelling Heat-Knicks rivalry during that era, said Thursday he is leaving his job as a Heat scout to become an assistant coach on Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Detroit. “I’m ecstatic,” he told me this afternoon. “It’s something I wanted to do. It’s all about teaching. I’m good at teaching and understanding players.” And he was comfortable with Van Gundy, who was an assistant coach during Hardaway’s time with the Heat. “Stan and I have great rapport. [Heat president] Pat Riley said it’s a great thing for me and he’s happy for me.” Miami Herald

Hardaway --- who will join Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer, Charles Klask and former Heat forward Malik Allen on Van Gundy’s staff --- said a coaching job on Erik Spoelstra’s staff wasn’t realistic because “there are guys before me here and I didn’t want to take anything from them.” The Heat acquired Hardaway and Chris Gatling from Golden State, for Kevin Willis and Bimbo Coles, in a midseason trade in 1995-96, and Hardaway and Mourning --- over the next 5 ½ seasons --- led the Heat to its most success as a franchise up to that point, though kidney disease sidelined Mourning for most of Hardaway's final season with the team. Miami Herald

A source also confirmed for the Free Press a Yahoo! Sports report that former NBA player Quentin Richardson has been hired as director of player development. Detroit Free Press

Longtime NBA executive Jeff Nix will join the Detroit Pistons, as Stan Van Gundy continues to fill out his front office. Nix has been hired as an assistant general manager, two people with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press this afternoon. Detroit Free Press

David Mayo: #Pistons confirm Hardaway/Allen/Richardson/Nix hirings. Kander stays as physical therapist. Abdenour in new role, dir. of team ops. Twitter @David_Mayo

 

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