Tom Gores Rumors
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.”
Detroit today became one of a dozen cities to submit an expansion application to join Major League Soccer. The league had set a Tuesday deadline for bid submissions as it seeks to add two expansion teams in 2020 and two more in 2022. MLS is seeking an expansion fee of $150 million for each of the teams selected for 2020. The league hasn’t yet announced the expansion fee it will seek for 2022, but it’s expected to be more than $150 million. Detroit’s bid is a joint venture between NBA owners Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert, who announced in April their plans for a $1-billion development at the downtown Wayne County Jail site that would include a soccer-specific stadium.
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.