Stan Van Gundy Rumors
The Pistons should have many options with the 12th pick in Thursday’s draft – if they keep it. “I think in the draft you’re looking for talent and character, pretty simply,” Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I’m not looking at fulfilling a specific need, maybe position down the road. I always think of filling needs more of whatever we do in terms of trades and things like that.
As the Detroit Pistons approach draft day Thursday, they will continue exploring the possibility of trading the 12th pick if the right deal is there for an established player. But Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged the difficulty in making such a move within their salary structure.
“Jeff (general manager Bower) is on the phone constantly and we’re talking to people and every deal gets evaluated on whether or not we think it makes us better,” Van Gundy said Tuesday, during pre-draft media availability. “It’s tough trading a draft pick for an established veteran guy just in terms of money and things like that.”
Marc Stein: NBA Draft scuttle: Hearing Detroit is open to discussing trades for its No. 12 overall pick in hopes of acquiring more of a win-now veteran.
Stan Van Gundy of the Detroit Pistons has won the 2016-17 Rudy Tomjanovich Award, which honors an NBA coach for his cooperation with the media and fans, as well as his excellence on the court, the Professional Basketball Writers Association announced today.