HoopsHype Stan Van Gundy rumors

September 10, 2014 Updates

Smith was named coach of the Drive last week in what was a Detroit-Grand Rapids game of match the personnel with the title. Smith, formerly the general manager of the Magic, will take on his first professional coaching job, and it will be under Van Gundy, who was a coach and under Smith in Orlando before he was named the president and head coach of the Pistons in May. Adding to the twist, Smith also interviewed to be general manager of the Pistons, a position Van Gundy eventually gave to another long-time associate Jeff Bower. That makes an interesting mix of 50-somethings. But not strange bedfellows, the three said. “I think Otis’ interest in being the (Pistons) GM was more because of me and how he could help me,” Van Gundy said. “He was much more enthusiastic about this opportunity than he would have been to be the GM. People look at that and say, you’re crazy. But I think this is more of Otis’ passion. It’s always been working and developing players for him and that fits perfectly with what we want to do (in Grand Rapids).” Booth Newspapers

Bower, 53, adds another element. He was a coach last season at Marist before named in early June the Pistons GM. A former assistant general manager with the New Orleans Hornets, Bower said he has known Smith for years, through his association with Van Gundy, and did not consider his hiring a threat. “When Stan talked to me, I thought he was the perfect guy because he embodies everything that the developmental league is all about,” Bower said. “He’s great for this. It (the NBA-D League) is about getting the best out of guys.” Booth Newspapers

September 8, 2014 Updates

“I look forward to playing for Coach Van Gundy and his staff,” said Monroe. "He has a proven track record and I’m excited about working with my teammates to get better and prepare for the season.” NBA.com

“I have said from day one that we have great respect for Greg as a person and like what he brings to this team as a player,” said Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. “We have had good dialogue with Greg throughout the offseason with the understanding that there were multiple options for both parties involved, and we respect his decision. We look forward to a great year from Greg as we continue to build our team moving forward.” NBA.com

August 7, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons have hired former NBA star Tim Hardaway as an assistant coach. Pistons coach and team president Stan Van Gundy announced the hiring Thursday. Hardaway, a five-time All-Star, averaged 17.7 points during an NBA career that lasted from 1989-2003. Boston Herald

Tim Hardaway, who combined with Alonzo Mourning to help lead the Heat to four consecutive Atlantic Division titles and was at the epicenter of the compelling Heat-Knicks rivalry during that era, said Thursday he is leaving his job as a Heat scout to become an assistant coach on Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Detroit. “I’m ecstatic,” he told me this afternoon. “It’s something I wanted to do. It’s all about teaching. I’m good at teaching and understanding players.” And he was comfortable with Van Gundy, who was an assistant coach during Hardaway’s time with the Heat. “Stan and I have great rapport. [Heat president] Pat Riley said it’s a great thing for me and he’s happy for me.” Miami Herald

Hardaway --- who will join Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer, Charles Klask and former Heat forward Malik Allen on Van Gundy’s staff --- said a coaching job on Erik Spoelstra’s staff wasn’t realistic because “there are guys before me here and I didn’t want to take anything from them.” The Heat acquired Hardaway and Chris Gatling from Golden State, for Kevin Willis and Bimbo Coles, in a midseason trade in 1995-96, and Hardaway and Mourning --- over the next 5 ½ seasons --- led the Heat to its most success as a franchise up to that point, though kidney disease sidelined Mourning for most of Hardaway's final season with the team. Miami Herald

Longtime NBA executive Jeff Nix will join the Detroit Pistons, as Stan Van Gundy continues to fill out his front office. Nix has been hired as an assistant general manager, two people with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press this afternoon. Detroit Free Press

July 21, 2014 Updates
July 16, 2014 Updates

As the Pistons shift focus away from free agency and toward rounding out their staffs, they have several hires to make, Van Gundy said. The list includes at least two more assistant coaches and one video coordinator, and perhaps one specialized coach, such as a big-man or shooting coach. The team also has to hire several pro and college scouts. Its only scout hirings so far have been advance scout Art Luptowski, the longtime former head coach at American International College (Mass.), and pro personnel scout Al Walker, who worked as an Orlando Magic scout when Van Gundy coached there. Booth Newspapers

July 15, 2014 Updates

Mark Hughes, the New York Knicks director of pro personnel, is a finalist and strong favorite for the Detroit Pistons’ assistant general manager opening, a league sources informed CSNNW.com. Hughes, 47, recently interviewed with Stan Van Gundy, the team’s head coach and president of basketball operations, and “made a good impression,” one source said, who each spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the process. CSNNW.com

July 14, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy gave his most direct assessment to date on Greg Monroe's free agency today, and for the first time admitted he finds some of the uncertainty a bit unnerving. That doesn't change anything, the Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations and head coach stressed, because the plan is in place no matter what Monroe decides or whose palms sweat in getting there. "There's not really anything going on there right now," Van Gundy said. "There's not really a whole lot more that can go on. We'll just see where the situation takes us. "Look, I'm not sweating it right now, because there's nothing that we can do at this point." Booth Newspapers

July 9, 2014 Updates

The Pistons announced Monday that Wright was leaving the Magic’s organization, where he started in 2006 as an intern. He rose to become the Magic’s director of college scouting. He worked in the organization while Pistons president of basketball operations and coach Stan Van Gundy was coaching the Magic. He jumped at the chance to join him in Detroit. “That was a big draw for me,” Wright said. “Knowing the type of person that he is, the work that he does, his consistency as a person and as a coach was a big draw for me so I get to work with him.” Detroit Free Press

July 8, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy wants restricted free agent power forward Greg Monroe back in a Detroit Pistons uniform next season. But it’s not that simple. “We want Greg Monroe back, but obviously it’s got to be a mutual thing, too,” Van Gundy, the head coach and president, said today before the Pistons’ third summer-league game against the Miami Heat. Detroit Free Press

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