Stan Van Gundy Rumors
Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy have set a meeting for next week to discuss Van Gundy’s future with the franchise, league sources told ESPN. The two had initially planned to sit down late this week, but the meeting was pushed back, leaving the Pistons organization to await word on how, if at all, the franchise’s structure could be altered.
Most of Van Gundy’s front-office staff, including general manager Jeff Bower, are in the final year of their contracts and are operating without clarity on whether they’ll be employed beyond the spring.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and President/Coach Stan Van Gundy will meet next week to discuss Van Gundy’s future, league sources tell ESPN. Van Gundy has one year left on his contract. There had been an initial plan to meet late this week.
Drummond admittedly clashed with Van Gundy in the past, but has matured to the point where he counsels younger players when they catch a taste of Van Gundy’s ire. But he admitted the decision is above his pay grade. “I don’t really control that,” Drummond said following the Pistons’ 119-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls. “I don’t control what happens in the front office or what happens with the coaching staff. Stan has been around the longest of all my coaches so it’s definitely been great to grow with him these last four years. I’m not sure what the summer is going to bring, but we’ll see what happens.”
Just a throw-in when the Pistons acquired Marcus Morris from the Phoenix Suns in July 2015, Bullock has emerged in his fifth season as a viable starting shooting guard. “(Van Gundy) is a great coach,” Bullock said. “He is definitely a motivator and wants to win. He wants the best out of this team and knows he can get the best out of this team. We struggled this year, we missed the playoffs, it was a goal of ours, but we have time to go back into the summer and work on our games and try to come back with a better attitude. Whatever direction the organization takes is the direction that they feel is best for the team. My part is to go out there and play as hard as I can for the organization.”
“I wouldn’t make a decision without Stan,” Gores said at halftime of Monday night’s 108-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors. “He’s been our partner for four years.” Gores said changes need to be made because the team isn’t winning enough, adding none will happen until he speaks with Van Gundy. The two are expected to meet next week. “I think he deserves the conversation,” Gore said. “He’s been good for us.”