Tom Gores Rumors
During a brief interview with reporters Sunday, Pistons owner Tom Gores expressed a strong desire to retain the 23-year-old shooting guard. Even if means signing Caldwell-Pope to a maximum-level contract. “I know Kentavious well,” Gores said. “He is a hard worker, he is reliable and he is improving everyday. He should be a Piston. That’s just bottom line: he has what it takes to be a Piston.”
Hampered by a shoulder injury of late, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and a career-high 3.0 assists per game. He’s shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, including a career-best 40.4 percent from the 3-point line. “He was a shy guy when I met him, and he’s become a leader,” Gores said.
On Saturday, Gores had a three-hour meeting with Van Gundy. The owner and coach both emerged with excitement about the Pistons’ future despite that poor six-week stretch since early December. “We’ve got a bump in the road, and that’s what success is about — you have to work through it. It’s all about having rough times and your ability to work through,” Gores told reporters. “I never worry about Stan, because he wants to win. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever seen in my life. I believe in him as a man and I believe in him as a strong person.”
Gores said Sunday he believes the Pistons “are going to make a run” this season. “[Gores’] thing was not to overreact to six weeks out of what has been a 2½-year process,” Van Gundy said. “It was good to sit down and talk through things and get his perspective on things.”
Detroit averaged just 87 points per game at Staples Center during the drought, losing by 32 to the Clippers back in November, with Gores present. “For Tom, it was long overdue,” Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson said. “We haven’t gotten a win this building yet, and ‘Dre, KCP, they haven’t necessarily got one since they’ve been here. I haven’t gotten once since I’e been in the Pistons organization. We owed it to him to get him a win.” Gores sat court side with his wife and Platinum Equity business associates as the Pistons fell behind by double digits early.
According to University of Michigan data, construction of the arena and surrounding district is expected to generate at least $1.8 billion in total economic impact, 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs. More than $100 million in income from the events center project alone is expected for Detroit residents, with significant additional income to be created through future private development.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan asked about it. So did Pistons owner Tom Gores. Even the Ilitch family inquired. And Silver’s listening. “I would think it greatly enhances their chance to get an All-Star game,” Silver said after Tuesday’s announcement. “My goal is to come to every city that wants us, and especially — I think we’ve said this many times at our board of governors meetings — when new buildings come on line, they deserve to get All-Star games.”