HoopsHype John Kuester rumors

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The Detroit Pistons will also likely be in the market for a new head coach after the first week of June when the ownership of the team becomes official. The probable dismissal of coach John Kuester could be the first step of a major blowup with the Pistons. Racine Journal-Times

Pistons coach John Kuester isn't in Chicago for the NBA Combine, but he'll be back in Detroit next week to run individual workouts. The embattled Pistons coach is in Philadelphia with his family, and has had to endure weeks of speculation about his job security. On Thursday, Kuester told The Detroit News he'll run all the individual draft workouts when prospects begin making their way to Auburn Hills. Detroit News

May 20, 2011 Updates

Pistons coach John Kuester isn't in Chicago for the NBA Combine, but he'll be back in Detroit next week to run individual workouts. The embattled Pistons coach is in Philadelphia with his family, and has had to endure weeks of speculation about his job security. On Thursday, Kuester told The Detroit News he'll run all the individual draft workouts when prospects begin making their way to Auburn Hills. The Pistons pick eighth and 33rd in the June 23 draft. Kuester, 57-107 in two seasons, has one year left on his three-year deal. Pistons president Joe Dumars hasn't commented on Kuester's future. Detroit News

May 19, 2011 Updates

Alex Kennedy: It's always telling when coaches on the hot seat aren't involved in the pre-draft process. Kurt Rambis and John Kuester aren't in Chicago. Twitter

May 18, 2011 Updates

The Detroit Pistons have a handful of people in Chicago this week for the annual NBA pre-draft camp. But Pistons coach John Kuester is not here. About 40 of the top collegiate players take part in the camp, which is similar to the NFL combine. NBA coaches and general managers hold interviews with individual players throughout the camp, which started today and runs through Sunday. Kuester was present for the pre-draft camp last summer and took part in the player interviews. The Pistons eventually drafted center Greg Monroe with the seventh pick in the draft. Booth Newspapers

April 29, 2011 Updates

But don't take that to mean Kuester thinks his days running the Pistons are numbered. On the contrary, he plans to return to the area next month as the team's draft preparations begin in earnest -- despite no assurances from Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars that he will be on the bench for the third and final season of his contract. Dumars OK'd him remaining in Philadelphia for family reasons. "Joe was kind of enough to let me stay behind," Kuester said when reached by phone Wednesday evening. "He said, 'Take your time.' " Detroit Free Press

Kuester said he doesn't know when he will sit down with Dumars to discuss his future and hasn't been given an indication one way or the other. "I'm quite sure we will talk soon," Kuester said. Kuester's absence isn't that unusual. The only members of the coaching staff in the area are assistant Pat Sullivan and advance scout Bill Pope. Dumars returned this week from scouting overseas, and the rest of the front office is going through draft preparations -- although no decision has been made yet if they will bring in prospects before the pre-draft combine, which starts May 17 in Chicago. The cards appear stacked against Kuester's return. He has a 57-107 record over two seasons. Dumars has been silent on the issue -- likely because of the team's pending sale to Los Angeles-based financier Tom Gores. Detroit Free Press

April 15, 2011 Updates

Still, that’s not going to be enough for Kuester to keep his job. A source close to the Pistons said the season’s drama will likely lead to Kuester’s dismissal under new owner Tom Gores, even though an official decision isn’t expected soon. Kuester is 57-107 in two seasons coaching the Pistons and the franchise failed to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1995. Yahoo! Sports

April 14, 2011 Updates

The end of the regular season Wednesday night is expected to bring the usual flurry of personnel moves, with Pistons coach John Kuester and Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis the most likely to be fired, multiple sources told CBSSports.com. Kuester's firing is widely believed to be a foregone conclusion, though a source said there is "no timetable for anything" the organization is doing due to the pending ownership change. Rambis' tenuous situation did not get any help from GM David Kahn on Wednesday. CBSSports.com

In holding his season-ending news conference before the season was over, Kahn stopped short of providing a vote of confidence for Rambis and said the coach's fate would be decided after the GM meets with owner Glen Taylor in the coming weeks. There seems to be little reason to wait, as two people familiar with the situation told CBSSports.com Wednesday that preparations are under way for Rambis to be let go with two years left on his contract. CBSSports.com

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