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March 1, 2015 Updates
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Pistons general manager and coach Stan Van Gundy had a chance to lock up burly power forward Greg Monroe last summer with a long-term deal when he became a restricted free agent. Now Detroit could be burned. Despite all the talk about the Knicks’ 2015 cap space, several league executives think they’re going to have a hard time landing players given their bleak situation. They do believe the Knicks have a legitimate shot at two guys — Long Island’s Tobias Harris and Monroe. New York Post

February 24, 2015 Updates

"We're a little thin up front," Van Gundy said. "Shawne played very well in Miami this year. He's a guy who comes on a value contract and he's got a non-guaranteed contract for next year, so it gives us a lot of flexibility and it's one of those moves that helps us right now, going forward, over the last 25 games and also gives us an asset and that's what we're into. We're trying to get better, we're trying to acquire assets. I think Shawne fits in both categories." NBA.com

Van Gundy held an informal coaches summit at the team practice facility last summer and he invited Mike D'Antoni, a coach he credits with doing much to revolutionize the modern NBA with his heavy emphasis on a pick-and-roll foundation and putting four shooters on the perimeter, to join the group. Against the Pistons on Nov. 29, 2013, Williams scored 20 points to help the Lakers win as he hit 6 of 13 3-point shots at The Palace. "We were just talking about the guys he'd coached and, unsolicited, he spoke really, really highly of Shawne from his year with him last year – his attitude, his work ethic and what he thought of him as a player," Van Gundy said. "That's been in my mind all along. I thought he played well for Miami early this year and when he was out there at waiver time, (general manager) Jeff (Bower) and I started talking about him and put in the claim now knowing if we'd be the team that ended up getting him. This is another good move for us. We just want to put together as many good moves as we can, even if they're small ones." NBA.com

Van Gundy views Williams as a stretch four and said his acquisition doesn't have any impact on Quincy Miller, signed to a 10-day contract on Saturday, calling Miller "a developmental guy we're looking at to see where we want to go. Shawne's more of a guy we think can play right now. He's a guy that should be ready to go and throw in an NBA game right now." NBA.com

February 21, 2015 Updates
February 20, 2015 Updates

If there were any questions in the aftermath of Thursday's deal that sent Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin to Oklahoma City and also cost the Pistons second-round draft choices in 2017 and '19 about the Pistons' interest in Jackson beyond this season, Van Gundy buried them emphatically. "We wouldn't have made the move we did if we didn't feel ready to make it a long-term commitment," Van Gundy said Friday. "There's no guarantees. He's a (restricted free agent). We know we can keep him through next year no matter what he does, but we feel good about making a long-term commitment to him and hopefully he'll feel real comfortable making a long-term commitment here and we'll get it done. We've got a chance to put together a really solid young core and continue to develop them. You've got to have some patience, but I'm not all that patient, so hopefully it will come together sooner. But you do see a window there and it's not a short window. It's not a two- or three-year window." NBA.com

February 12, 2015 Updates

But the Kings soon figure to have a third head coach this season, with final details reportedly being worked out on a four-year contract with Karl. "I think it's an unfortunate situation, the way it's been handled," Van Gundy said before the Pistons' game tonight against the San Antonio Spurs. "I think Tyrone Corbin has been treated very, very poorly by their organization. I think the way they have treated him is unfortunate and inexcusable for one of the real class acts in our business." Booth Newspapers

That should have included a more subtle search for Corbin's replacement, Van Gundy said. "If you want to make a change, I mean, even if people don't like it, obviously, as an owner, you always have the right to make a change. That's up to you," Van Gundy said. "But you don't need to do it the way they're doing it now. "I mean, that thing's been in the news for two weeks now, and Tyrone's coaching. And they obviously don't have any problem treating him like that. I have a hard time understanding that one, I really do. I mean, Tyrone Corbin is a class act. He was a class act as a player, he's a class act as a coach, and he's being treated very, very poorly." Booth Newspapers

February 11, 2015 Updates

Van Gundy also said it is very unlikely that the Pistons trade anyone currently on a rookie contract, which includes Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Spencer Dinwiddie, Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler. "Not going to happen," Van Gundy said. "Not going to happen unless you get another guy back on his rookie deal. Basically, our philosophy coming in is first-round draft picks and rookie deals, you're giving those up to either get similar back, or if there's a star. If there's one of the real stars in the league, then obviously, everything changes. But other than that, no, those guys on rookie deals are too important, and we really like our young guys. So no, that's not going to happen." Booth Newspapers

February 7, 2015 Updates

Not surprisingly, Van Gundy finds the situation of absurd -- particularly the way organizations bend over backward to not publicly blame a coach, but the coach is the only sacrificial lamb in such instances. "All those things are the same," Van Gundy said today. "You get in the press conference, they loved Jacque. He did a great job. You listen to all that, and then I listen to Rob say it doesn't fall on Jacque, but he takes full responsibility. I laugh, obviously, because that's not true. "You're still sitting there with a job, and Jacque doesn't have one, so I don't know what full responsibility means. But I would say they left the full responsibility on Jacque." Detroit Free Press

February 6, 2015 Updates

Van Gundy also said of the Magic: "They're an organization that turns over coaches a lot. I don't know if anybody coached there longer than I did. There's no such thing as a longtime Magic coach." Van Gundy's five-year stint is the longest in franchise history, although former Pistons assistant Brian Hill has coached the most games for the Magic, over two stints. "Being there for his first two years, being there in the town and following them and reading, I thought Jacque gave them everything that they wanted, so I feel bad for him," Van Gundy said. Detroit Free Press

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