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April 17, 2014 Updates

Monroe is one of a few in the locker room who wouldn’t rock the boat publicly, and with seeing a coaching change after 50 games, along with the man who drafted him stepping aside, speaking out wasn’t going to be viewed as a positive. “I just think that, looking at all the stuff that may have been said, all the stuff that’s happened, with a little bit of change with me, I didn’t want it to sound like I was speaking from frustration,” Monroe said. Being a good character guy can work against players, but his production has been steady this season. He knows character only takes him so far. “In this league, it’s about production,” Monroe said. “Being a good character guy is a plus, I don’t want to say it’s not a good thing but if you’re producing, that’s what really matters. If you’re not producing it doesn’t really matter.” Detroit News

April 16, 2014 Updates

Yet with the Eastern Conference’s longest active string of missing the playoffs, it was time for a change. “You’re talking about an icon,” said Chauncey Billups, whom Dumars brought back to Detroit this past off-season. “An icon in this city and being with this organization for 30 years, being really the center of all that was good here and all the championships that were here — he was kind of the center of all of that and as much to do with that as far as anybody. Obviously he’s an icon here and done a great job. He built this franchise up and kept it going. “That’s the NBA, sometimes it’s just time for a change, and obviously that time’s now, but what he did here was remarkable.” Detroit Free Press

April 15, 2014 Updates

A Michigan-based ownership group has purchased the NBA Development League's Springfield Armor and will move it to Grand Rapids, Mich., starting with the 2014-15 season. A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET in Grand Rapids, finally making official a deal that was reported last month. USA Today Sports

Datome was sheepish when asked about his three-point shooting percentage this season with the Pistons. Considered one of the top shooters in Europe, he has made seven of 38 three-pointers (18.4%). Granted it’s a small sample size and he hasn’t played much. But he would be the first to say he hasn’t capitalized on his few opportunities. “My percentage is terrible,” he said after the Palace finale on Sunday — a 116-107 loss to the Raptors. “It’s not easy to sit for five, six games and then play maybe 5 minutes of garbage time.” Detroit Free Press

April 14, 2014 Updates

Dumars stepped down as Detroit's president of basketball operations Monday, a day after the Pistons lost their home finale and fell to 29-52 with one game remaining in the season. Detroit will miss the postseason for a fifth consecutive year. ''It's time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one,'' Dumars said in a statement. ''I've had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I'm proud of our accomplishments. Tom Gores and ownership is committed to winning and they will continue to move the franchise forward.'' Yahoo! Sports

The Detroit Pistons announced today that Joe Dumars will step aside as President of Basketball Operations, effective immediately. The team has launched a search for a new head of basketball operations. “Joe Dumars is a great champion who has meant so much to this franchise and this community,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “We are turning the page with great respect for what he has accomplished not only as a player and a front office executive, but as a person who has represented this team and the NBA with extraordinary dignity.” NBA.com

During the transition, Director of Basketball Operations Ken Catanella and Assistant General Manager George David will continue preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft and free agency signing period, reporting to ownership executives Phil Norment and Bob Wentworth. Mr. Norment said the organization has developed a preliminary list of candidates that includes “the best executives in the business,” but he declined to place a specific timetable on selecting a replacement. Mr. Dumars will continue his relationship with the franchise as an advisor to the organization and its ownership team. “It’s time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one,” Dumars said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I’m proud of our accomplishments. Tom Gores and ownership is committed to winning and they will continue to move the franchise forward.” NBA.com

Joe Dumars, who led the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back championships as a player and another title as an executive, will not return next season as president of basketball operations, a league source told CBSSports.com on Sunday. Dumars, 50, will remain with the organization as an adviser -- a role that will be similar to Jerry West's advisory role with the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the transition said. CBSSports.com

April 13, 2014 Updates
April 12, 2014 Updates

Villanueva certainly faces a future where past potential can be forgotten about quickly, and a player can be out of the league in an instant. He knows he’ll have to start from square one in order to resume his career. “For sure it’s gonna be tough,” Villanueva said. “People haven’t seen me play in awhile, of course it’ll gonna be tough. If I have to work out (for teams) to show I still have a lot of basketball left, I’ll do it. Whatever it takes. For sure, though, a lot of teams haven’t seen me play.” Detroit News

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