HoopsHype Joe Dumars rumors

April 18, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons plan to conduct a comprehensive search to replace Joe Dumars in the front office, a job that is coveted around the league. Several names are on the Pistons' radar, a person familiar with details told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The latest names to surface are: Cleveland Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin, Boston Celtics assistant GM and team counsel Mike Zarren and NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe. USA Today Sports

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Dumars stepped down as Detroit's president of basketball operations Monday, a day after the Pistons lost their home finale and fell to 29-52 with one game remaining in the season. Detroit will miss the postseason for a fifth consecutive year. ''It's time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one,'' Dumars said in a statement. ''I've had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I'm proud of our accomplishments. Tom Gores and ownership is committed to winning and they will continue to move the franchise forward.'' Yahoo! Sports

The Detroit Pistons announced today that Joe Dumars will step aside as President of Basketball Operations, effective immediately. The team has launched a search for a new head of basketball operations. “Joe Dumars is a great champion who has meant so much to this franchise and this community,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “We are turning the page with great respect for what he has accomplished not only as a player and a front office executive, but as a person who has represented this team and the NBA with extraordinary dignity.” NBA.com

During the transition, Director of Basketball Operations Ken Catanella and Assistant General Manager George David will continue preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft and free agency signing period, reporting to ownership executives Phil Norment and Bob Wentworth. Mr. Norment said the organization has developed a preliminary list of candidates that includes “the best executives in the business,” but he declined to place a specific timetable on selecting a replacement. Mr. Dumars will continue his relationship with the franchise as an advisor to the organization and its ownership team. “It’s time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one,” Dumars said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I’m proud of our accomplishments. Tom Gores and ownership is committed to winning and they will continue to move the franchise forward.” NBA.com

Joe Dumars, who led the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back championships as a player and another title as an executive, will not return next season as president of basketball operations, a league source told CBSSports.com on Sunday. Dumars, 50, will remain with the organization as an adviser -- a role that will be similar to Jerry West's advisory role with the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the transition said. CBSSports.com

April 13, 2014 Updates
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As the Pistons prepare to ride out the last two weeks of the regular season, the sun might be setting on Pistons president Joe Dumars’ reign with the only franchise he’s known. Dumars has told multiple sources within the NBA that he plans to resign — possibly as soon as this week — after a busy offseason that included the signings of high-priced free agents Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings and led to an underachieving 2013-14 season. The Pistons, who many experts picked to return to the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, are 28-49 and out of playoff contention. Detroit News

Gores fired Dumars’ hand-picked coach, Maurice Cheeks, after just 50 games, making it one of the top-five quickest firings in the last 20 years. After Dumars tried to save Cheeks’ job, according to an NBA source. It became clear the two sides, bound together by circumstance, were headed for divorce. Detroit News

April 6, 2014 Updates

Pistons guard Chauncey Billups might want to transition into a different role as a front-office executive this summer. He could draw some interest in Detroit, which is expected to allow GM Joe Dumars to walk at the end of the season. Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Cavs and Denver Nuggets could also be interested. There are also rumors of the Cavs’ interest in former New York Knicks GM Isiah Thomas. I just can’t buy into them as legitimate. News-Herald

April 5, 2014 Updates

Here are some of the jobs that could come open, and some of the names that might fill them: Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons): The Pistons and Joe Dumars look headed for a divorce and, according to sources close to that situation, the feeling may be mutual. Dumars is in the final year of his contract, so parting ways with Dumars won’t exactly be a firing, rather an option not to renew or give him a new deal. There has been a little friction between Dumars and Pistons ownership and it’s been brewing for some time. Since buying the team in 2011, Tom Gores has installed more checks and balances around Dumars and has sought advice outside of Dumars on an increasing basis. Sources close to the situation say Gores has built his own relationships with his young franchise players and has been moving toward a change at the top for some time. Basketball Insiders

March 30, 2014 Updates

Detroit's president of basketball operations and Hall of Famer player declined to be interviewed Friday night before the Bad Boys were celebrated. Dumars did not address the crowd when the 1989 NBA champions were honored at halftime of a game against the Miami Heat. His job seems to be in jeopardy with the franchise likely to miss the playoffs for a fifth straight year. NBA.com

March 24, 2014 Updates

With Dumars in the final year of his contract, and John Loyer coaching with an interim label, Gores said their status will be addressed sooner rather than later. The Pistons face the prospect of perhaps having hunt for a general manager and head coach within weeks of the draft. “Oh yeah after the season, we’ll address it right away,” Gores said. “We have to let the season play out. We won’t wait around. I had one goal for us, to be competitive. Detroit needs for us to be a champion.” Detroit News

March 16, 2014 Updates

The Pistons are headed for major changes after this season and it could start with team president Joe Dumars, who is expected to resign. Dumars staked his reputation on the Maurice Cheeks coaching hire, which did not work out, and owner Tom Gores is expected to start fresh by hiring a new general manager and then potentially a coach to replace interim coach John Loyer. The Pistons don’t have hopes of a first-round pick if they finish with anything worse than the eighth overall selection thanks to the regrettable deal that sent Ben Gordon to the Bobcats along with a conditional first-round pick for Corey Maggette. Maggette had an expiring contract, which enabled the Pistons to save $12 million on the additional year of Gordon’s contract, but it may cost them a high pick in a fruitful draft. The Bobcats also have the option of taking Detroit’s pick in 2015 (top 1 protected) or 2016 (unprotected) Boston Globe

March 10, 2014 Updates

It will be up to owner Tom Gores to decide what to do. The conventional wisdom is that Dumars is a goner, with Gores likely to replace both he and interim coach John Loyer at season's end. Current speculation is that another Pistons Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas, was in line to replace Dumars. (Gores and the Pistons shot down that talk last week.) Loyer replaced Maurice Cheeks, the latest in a line of coaches who didn't come close to matching the magic Larry Brown captured in Detroit's '04 title run. NBA.com

One of ESPN Films' most-anticipated 30 for 30 projects has an official airdate: The Bad Boys, which chronicles the dynastic Pistons teams of the late 1980s and early '90s, will debut Thursday, April 17, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film is a collaboration between ESPN Films and NBA Entertainment -- they partnered on the brilliant "Once Brothers" and the terrific "The Announcement" -- and Boys has the potential to be one of the better 30 for 30 efforts. (NBA Entertainment also produced the last year's sensational "Dream Team" documentary for NBA TV.) More than 40 people were interviewed for the film, including the Pistons' main principals (Isiah Thomas, Bill Lambier, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley. Vinnie Johnson, John Salley, Mark Aguirre etc. ...) and rival Michael Jordan. Following the film, ESPN will air a one-hour discussion from 10-11 p.m. ET on the Bad Boys Pistons era. That show will be hosted by Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, and ESPN NBA analyst Doug Collins will also appear along with several Pistons players from that era. I'll have more on the "The Bad Boys" in a standalone piece on SI.com on Monday. SI.com

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