Tom Gores Rumors
Joining Drummond at the Jalen Rose-hosted charity golf outing Monday from the Pistons was new assistant general manager Pat Garrity, team ambassador Earl Cureton and play-by-play voice Mark Champion. The sixth-annual event, sponsored by Pistons owner Tom Gores’ Platinum Equity, raised more than $100,000 for the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a tuition-free public charter high school in Detroit.
It will be interesting to see how the Pistons handle the situation. The team is already projected to be over the cap for the 2017-18 season, and a Caldwell-Pope extension would almost assuredly put the Pistons into luxury tax territory. But owner Tom Gores told the Free Press recently he has no qualms about being a taxpayer. “Look, if we weren’t building a core, there’s really no point in paying the luxury tax,” Gores said. “Because we are building a core, would I do it? Yeah, absolutely. So you say go into the luxury tax for nothing, then that would be silly because then we’re putting the franchise behind. But given that we have such a good core, if that’s what it took, and we feel we’ve made such progress this year, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it because we want to keep getting better.”
Langlois: The Pistons made their move for Boban Marjanovic with the expectation that Aron Baynes will opt out of his contract next summer, Kamal. They will be limited in what they can offer him given that they will have only partial Bird rights and they felt it was better than 50-50 that another team – understanding the position the Pistons would be in, just as the Pistons gauged the difficulty San Antonio would have in matching an offer sheet to Marjanovic – would shape an offer that would hamper their ability to retain Baynes. If Baynes is injured and opts in, it wouldn’t have any impact on their ability to retain Caldwell-Pope. They’ll have his full Bird Rights and can go over the salary cap to keep him. It might require them to exceed the luxury tax limit, as well. That will be a discussion Stan Van Gundy and Pistons owner Tom Gores will need to have, but Gores has indicated he would be willing to do so if circumstances dictated its logic.
Pistons Owner Tom Gores praised Bower’s work shaping the roster and contributing to a cohesive leadership team. “Jeff has been a key link for Stan and me and the whole organization to accomplish many things in a very short period of time,” said Gores. “His ingenuity, along with having a deep understanding of Stan’s basketball vision, has very quickly helped us toward our goal of long term sustained success. He deserves a lot of the credit for getting us to the playoffs and assembling a cohesive, young team that will continue to grow.”