Stan Van Gundy Rumors

“What was strange about it was that they went to the Western Conference Finals last year,” Van Gundy told reporters Wednesday. “Eleven games in for anybody is quick, but with all the success they had last year, yeah, I was pretty surprised. Tim Hardaway walked in my office and told me this morning and I was shocked. You don’t expect that from a team that was in the final four last year and is really bringing back the same group.”
Van Gundy was asked to describe the profile of front-office personnel the Pistons’ employ. “You gotta have people with strong opinions who aren’t afraid to voice their opinions, and you gotta create habits where everybody knows that’s what you want and that’s what’s expected,” he said. “It’s not just front office. It’s coaching staff and everything else. “We certainly don’t have a problem with that. We have a lot of people willing to disagree, which I think is a good thing.”
Van Gundy said the move not to re-sign Drummond was in order to keep salary-cap space available to sign other free agents before they re-sign Drummond. “Andre really, really wants to win,” Van Gundy told Yahoo Sports. “We laid out the difference of where we’d be salary-cap wise. It’s almost $13 million. He wants us and [Pistons owner] Tom [Gores] to have all the resources to build this thing. He wants to be part of a winner.”
Storyline: Andre Drummond Free Agency
Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy has coached All-Star centers Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard. Van Gundy thinks Drummond could become the best rebounder of them all. “As a rebounder ‘Dre is as good as anybody, if not the best that I’ve been around,” Van Gundy said. “He is an outstanding rebounder. He just goes out and gets the ball. I think he is as good a rebounder and can be as good a rebounder as anybody there has been.”