Stan Van Gundy Rumors
Van Gundy has made it clear he wants Jackson to return and Jackson has stated publicly he expects to be back so the first item on the Pistons agenda seem likely to get done. Van Gundy said Jackson will be the first person he calls when free agency starts. “He’s priority No. 1, even above small forward,” Van Gundy said. “Priority No. 1. Reggie is priority No. 1. There’s nothing more important to our summer than getting that situation resolved.”: 1 more rumor
The Pistons appear to have parted ways with unrestricted free agent Greg Monroe. Detroit traded for power forward Ersan Ilyasova and Monroe recently said he feels like he’s unwanted by the Pistons and looking to sing elsewhere. “The door’s not closed,” Van Gundy said. “We’re not entirely optimistic on that situation, but no the door’s not closed.”
Van Gundy would like to retain Anthony and sign another young big man. “I’m really hoping that we can keep Joel here,” Van Gundy said. “I’m really hoping that. We can’t negotiate with him yet, we can’t talk money, but I do think he knows. I talked to him, we’ve told him consistently. We would like to have him back. We’re going to sign another guy and then we’ll go from there. That’s a competition and we’ll try to sign the best guy we can. Joel, he’s far from being done, but he’s getting up there in years so we would like to sign a younger guy there. And he’s been made aware of that, he understands that. We don’t hide many things when we’re talking to our guys. We’re not trying to fool anybody.”
It appears the league is getting away from a post-up, plodding style of play that is less exciting to fans. That’s part of the reason Monroe is available. He played center initially for the Pistons, then moved to power forward when the team drafted athletic Andre Drummond in 2012 and put him at center. The two were the top offensive rebounding tandem in the NBA, but coach Stan Van Gundy wanted a change. “Stan had smaller teams in Orlando (Magic) years ago,” Monroe said. “Dre is like Dwight Howard. So Stan wants to put good players around him. The team has different plans, and I respect that. I don’t want to be anywhere I’m not wanted.”
The suit is representative of the attitude Johnson will bring to the Pistons. Team president-coach Stan Van Gundy said that Johnson’s mental makeup was a main attraction. “We really liked his mentality,” Van Gundy said two days after the Pistons bypassed Justise Winslow to select Johnson. “The more we talked to people, we became very confident that this is a guy who’s driven to being great — not just talking about it, but will put in the work to do it. “We really wanted his mentality as much as anything. I think he’s a very confident — maybe cocky, but physical (player).”
Al Iannazzone: Pistons president/coach Stan Van Gundy says he’s “not entirely optimistic” about re-signing Greg Monroe, who many expect to be a Knick.
Keith Langlois: Lots of Qs about rumors of Jennings-Hardaway deal. SVG shot that one down with a bazooka today. Never talked to NYK about it.: 3 more rumors
There is no scenario under which the Pistons would renounce Monroe’s rights before NBA free agency opens on July 1, Stan Van Gundy said Monday, but that could happen if it became clear early in the process that the veteran big man was looking another direction. And if Monroe signed with another team, “that would be him renouncing us,” said Van Gundy, the Pistons’ president of basketball operations and head coach.
The Pistons are not expected to have any shot at Monroe in free agency and traded earlier this month for power forward Ersan Ilyasova to fill his starting spot. “The door’s not closed,” on Monroe, Van Gundy said. “We’re not entirely optimistic on that situation, but no, the door’s not closed, because Greg would obviously fill one of the (open roster) spots, and even another roster spot as a backup four, and then we just spend what’s left after Greg to go try to get a three.”: 22 more rumors
The Pistons sent more signals Saturday that they might be willing to trade away the eighth pick in Thursday’s NBA draft when they worked out big men Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin and Myles Turner of Texas. Then again, perhaps Stan Van Gundy and his staff don’t want to leave any stone unturned. Both Kaminsky and Turner will be available at No. 8. And the Pistons appear to be set at power forward after obtaining from Milwaukee “Stretch Four” Ersan Ilyasova, who Van Gundy said would start the 2015-16 season for the Pistons.
“Both the draft and free agency, now we know where our focus has got to be – the small forward spot and backup centers,” Van Gundy said. “We’re comfortable – very, very comfortable – with where we are at the one, two and four spots. It was a little scary thinking about going into the summer and saying you might have to go get two starters. Now we feel like we’ve got four starters that we’re really happy with and that’s a much better feeling. I’m sleeping a little bit better now.”
“If you look at the free agents at the power forward position, it’s a pretty thin list of guys who can really play at a high level,” said Van Gundy, who tried to trade for Ilyasova last off-season. “Ersan, if he were a free agent, would have been right at the top of the list of guys we would have gone after. It was a pretty easy decision to make this trade. If we didn’t get it done, the guys we would have been chasing in free agency wouldn’t have been at as high a level.”
“I was going to play for the national team, but with all these changes, moving to a new city, playing for a new team, I’m not so sure now,’’ said Ilyasova, who intends to fly to Detroit Sunday night to meet with Van Gundy and be a part of a press conference tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. “It’s a whole different story now. I got to measure all those things. And I’ll miss Milwaukee, for sure. I spent a lot of time here. I have a lot of friends here. And they (the Bucks) have a good thing going. Hopefully, it’ll work out for them. I wish them the best of luck.’’
Ilyasova said he spoke with Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy, who made it abundantly clear the veteran forward would play an integral role for the Pistons next season. “I spoke with coach Van Gundy for about 20 minutes and he shared his plans for me and the team next season,’’ Ilyasova said. “Coach Van Gundy said he was following me since he was coaching in Orlando several years ago and he really liked the way I played and how I fit into the system. It’s exciting, for sure. I think it’ll work out good for me and it will be the right fit for me. It’s going to be a fresh start.’’
“We appreciate the contributions of Caron and Shawne. Caron, in particular, is difficult to say goodbye to. Not only did he play well for us, his leadership went above and beyond. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a single player have a more a positive impact on a team than Caron did on ours. He is a special person and we will always respect and appreciate what he did here.”
“Ersan Ilyasova is a player we have coveted since we got to Detroit,” said Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. “Not only is he a proficient three-point shooter that can stretch the floor, he is a high-energy, hard-playing guy who fits extremely well with how we want to play. We are excited about what he can add to our team.”
One of the most vital members of the Detroit Pistons organization is moving on after 23 years. The Pistons announced today that Arnie Kander, their physical therapist who has been with the club since 1992, has submitted his resignation and will be leaving the organization June 30. Kander originally joined the Pistons as their first strength and conditioning coach before assuming his current role last year, when Stan Van Gundy became the club’s head coach and team president
Tellem will not be directly involved with the Pistons’ basketball side — coach Stan Van Gundy will still have final say over personnel. He will be one of three people who report directly to Gores, along with Van Gundy and CEO Dennis Mannion. And his duties will run the gamut from looking at improvements to the Palace, to improving the team’s footprint in Detroit, to potentially working on the creation of a regional sports network. In switching careers, Tellem is leaving his position at Wasserman Media Group, where he headed the agency’s basketball division, and was considered the most powerful agent in basketball. He represented 42 NBA players — almost 10 percent of all the players in the league, who made more than $324 million this season in salary — and 12 All-Stars.
“The primary part of his job’s gonna be in doing things for the financial welfare of the organization and expanding business and again, that all comes down to negotiating things, too, whether it’s TV contract or whatever,” Van Gundy said. “I think you’ve got a guy who understands the business of sports – particularly our league – so that has to have great value to us.”
Tellem will be charged with big picture issues – negotiating future TV contracts, assisting PS&E and Pistons owner Tom Gores in exploring ways to grow business interests in the area and other responsibilities. But Tellem brings more than 30 years of contacts in the NBA and Van Gundy can see a scenario where a former client calls Tellem to get an opinion on the Pistons organization. And Van Gundy will take that help. “I would think they’d have great trust in him,” Van Gundy told the Free Press. “It’s certainly an advantage. There’s no question about that.”
The Detroit Pistons will expand their coaching staff by hiring a shooting coach for next season, head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy said. The job will be as a full-time traveling assistant and Van Gundy said he hopes to have the specialized coach in place by early July. Van Gundy said the new shooting coach will have no other responsibilities. “If he’s watching our team play, watching our team practice, working with guys, watching film, he’s focused on that one area,” Van Gundy said.
Orlando has a lot of young guys who should develop into plus defenders, but they don’t have a star, and their ugly parting with Stan Van Gundy — a close friend of Thibodeau’s — surely colors the way Thibodeau views the franchise. The Magic also just gave Rob Hennigan, their GM, a contract extension, and after his rocky relationship with Chicago’s front office, Thibodeau might crave a larger role in personnel decisions. He has the clout now to at least push for that kind of power in contract talks.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is looking for a few big men who can shoot. That’s why he and general manager Jeff Bowers are in Spain looking at Mario Hezonja (6-foot-8) and Kristaps Porzingis (7-1). Both have the ability to shoot from the outside. The downside is both are immature and lack NBA bodies to survive an 82-game season. But the Pistons are looking for a boost to their 3-point shooting, which ranked 17th in percentage (34.4). Van Gundy said he wanted the team to shoot at least 36 percent.
Alex Gozalbo: Pat Riley (Miami Heat) and Stan Van Gundy (Detroit Pistons) are in Barcelona pic.twitter.com/mXbQ4AJ6hc
CBS Boston: Were you a little surprised that you didn’t get any kind of an opportunity with a new coaching regime in Detroit (with Stan Van Gundy) in your second season in the league? Gigi Datome: I wanted to have an opportunity with the Pistons because it was my original team. They made the choice to prefer other players, so I couldn’t do anything about it and just accepted this season, be a good teammate and wait for my opportunity. It didn’t arrive there, it arrived here and I’m happy about it.