Stan Van Gundy Rumors
Q: Lenny Wilkens is obviously the one who stands out from your playing career. Is there one or two coaches that you feel have had the biggest influence on you from when you were an assistant coach? MP: Obviously I had a chance to work under guys like Stan Van Gundy and Steve Clifford the last two years in Charlotte, who was a Van Gundy disciple himself. I really learned a lot. Both of those guys were extremely organized and detailed in what they did in their approach. I learned a lot getting an opportunity to work alongside those guys.
Stan Van Gundy is back in coaching mode already and he finds it tough taking time off. The Detroit Pistons coach and president of basketball operations has roughly six weeks before training camp starts and he’s ready to go. “I took three months off almost from the coaching part of it to do player personnel,” Van Gundy said recently on the “Lowe Post” podcast. “Now you’re trying to catch up on the coaching end of it. It’s a little tougher to get time off, but it will get some off (in August).”
Zach Lowe (14:12): “It’s unfair to say that you lost Greg Monroe for nothing. Because you didn’t. No one ever loses a player for nothing. You lose him for the cap space that turns into (Ersan) Ilyasova and Marcus Morris, and a shot at Reggie Bullock and some other things. But do you regret how the Greg Monroe thing unfolded? Do you regret that you didn’t max him out a year ago when you had the chance to and he took the qualifying offer? Is there any regret there?” Stan Van Gundy: “Um…you know I’ll be honest — I go back and forth on it. I really do. Because I think Greg is an outstanding player and I think he’s a high-character guy as well. And I think those are the guys that you generally want to build around. But I don’t think that, you know, he and Andre Drummond are the best fit. Not saying you couldn’t make it work, but certainly not the best fit. First of all, I think the game is moving smaller and quicker as it is. The teams that have continued to play with two big guys – at least one if not both are guys who can step away and make shots. Indiana played with David West. Memphis plays with Zach Randolph. Those guys can all go 17, 18 feet and make shots.”
Aron Baynes had to delay his official introduction with the Detroit Pistons. The news conference was initially set for Saturday, and then it was rescheduled for Sunday. The reason: Baynes had some sort of reaction after taking medication to help with a stress test. “If we had put him in front of you (Saturday) you would have thought, ‘What the heck are they doing signing him?'” said Stan Van Gundy, Detroit’s coach and team president.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said the team will begin contract extension talks with center Andre Drummond in the next couple of weeks, with hopes of locking him up to a long-term contract — likely a maximum contract extension. If Drummond signs this summer, he will count about $21 million against the cap in 2016-17.
“We will get into those talks,” Van Gundy said. “We agreed we would get into this after this free-agency period and after the summer league. There is no rush. We have until the end of October so we will get into those talks in the next couple of weeks. What you are talking about there is more timing than anything. It is not like you will be haggling over dollars, so it is a different situation.”