HoopsHype Tom Gores rumors

March 3, 2014 Updates
March 2, 2014 Updates

Sources told The Detroit News the only conversations Gores and Thomas have had revolved around the Bad Boys reunion, when Gores stepped in financially, listing himself and the Detroit Pistons organization as presenting sponsors for the events. Detroit News

Q: With that in mind, the natural question is what does that mean going forward? That was a unique situation, but do you see opportunity elsewhere that you like? A: There are a few (opportunities), but I shouldn't name them. It wouldn't be right to talk about it, name anything. But yeah, there are some. There are winners and losers in the NBA, and a lot of people are trying to reclaim their position or change their culture or whatever. So yeah, there is. I've had conversations. Some of them are feelers. "Are you interested?" type of thing. I did go out to Detroit last year and sit with (Pistons President) Joe (Dumars). I guess we weren't successful, but I really encouraged (Pistons owner) Tom Gores that the general manager has to be able to pick his coach so they can win it together. And Joe wanted Maurice, so it didn't work out, unfortunately for Maurice. I developed a relationship with the owner, who lives in LA. We have conversations. USA Today Sports

March 1, 2014 Updates

Isiah Thomas will be back in Auburn Hills at the end of the month to help the Pistons commemorate the 25th anniversary of their first championship team. And we’re hearing that he could be in line to return to the team, a few months after the weekend festivities, for a permanent gig. League sources say that Pistons owner Tom Gores is seriously thinking of making what has been a long-overdue, front-office shakeup after the season, with Thomas recently emerging as a top candidate to take over the role of the team’s top basketball executive from his former backcourt mate, Joe Dumars. New York Daily News

Dumars has been on borrowed time for a long time, partly because of his penchant for firing coaches — eight since 2000 — and partly because of his drafting of Darko Milicic in 2003. He could have selected any one of Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh with the No. 2 overall pick, after Cleveland drafted LeBron James. The Milicic pick is on his permanent record, as are the four straight lottery seasons in which his team never won as many as 30 games. His tenure is expected to end when his contract runs out this spring. “Gores is definitely looking at Isiah to replace Joe,” one league source said. New York Daily News

February 12, 2014 Updates
February 9, 2014 Updates

Detroit made significant moves this offseason, trading for Brandon Jennings and signing Josh Smith to go with a young core built through the late lottery and mid-first round. But a lack of a coherent system and on-court chemistry has a team with playoff caliber talent out of the playoffs in an Eastern Conference with only four teams above .500. "I feel for [Pistons owner] Tom Gores up in Detroit," Cuban said. "He made a tough decision and I'm sure it was the right decision. Mo Cheeks is a great coach, but sometimes that's not enough." Celtics Blog

February 8, 2014 Updates
February 2, 2014 Updates

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores said Saturday that he is concerned about the underachieving team but said its focus is on improving the existing roster, not buying or selling before the upcoming NBA trade deadline. Asked specifically if he was panicked over the job performances of president of basketball operations Joe Dumars, who is in the final year of his contract, and/or first-year head coach Maurice Cheeks, Gores replied, "Right now I'm patient, but I want to make sure we make adjustments if we have to make adjustments." Booth Newspapers

October 31, 2013 Updates

Q: You mentioned Dumars. He’s in the final year of his contract, and there hasn’t been public talk of an extension. I have to ask: Is Joe on the hot seat? Tom Gores: He’s not (on the hot seat). Joe and I collaborated on these moves, we talk every other day. He’s done everything we’ve asked, and his basketball organization is really solid. I’m excited where they’re at. I don’t think I could’ve asked for more this summer. Detroit News

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