Tom Gores Rumors
David Mayo: Owner Tom Gores takes his seat. The Pistons are about to be introduced at the Palace for the final time.
The facility, privately financed by Pistons owner Tom Gores and Palace Sports & Entertainment at an expected cost of $50 to $65 million, will include 100,000 square feet of practice and training space for Detroit’s NBA club, which currently practices in a separate facility in Auburn Hills. The Pistons will continue to practice and operate in Auburn Hills during the 2017-18 season.
Van Gundy has told the Free Press previously he isn’t under any orders to shed salary. He has also told the Free Press he wouldn’t consider it economically responsible to push for Gores to pay a luxury tax bill with the team at its current phase.
Sources say Drummond is especially well-regarded by Pistons owner Tom Gores and thus unlikely to be dealt before Thursday’s deadline. The Detroit Free Press also termed it “very likely” that Drummond will remain with the Pistons.
This is not what the coaches want. Van Gundy is on Drummond to either back his way to the rim, or face up and drive — a tactic Drummond might use more if he felt confident in his foul shooting. They have their tense moments. Both are close with Tom Gores, the Pistons’ owner, and each freely admits they talk with Gores about the other in terms that might not always be the most flattering. “Whatever we talk about with the owner is between us,” Drummond said. “But Stan and I leave nothing unspoken.”