Detroit Pistons Rumors
The Clippers shipped Blake Griffin’s ass out to Detroit, but Blake’s getting the last laugh … ’cause he’s 100% “happy” in the Motor City — so says Austin Rivers. “It’s a fresh start for him. He’s been here for a long time,” Rivers — Blake’s longtime Clippers teammate — told us at LAX.
The first round of the NBA playoffs hasn’t concluded, but already head-coaching vacancies have materialized in New York, Orlando, Charlotte and Phoenix, with decisions on interim coaches to be made in Milwaukee and Memphis (sources suggest the Grizzlies are quite fond of JB Bickerstaff, who may stick around long term), in addition to other spots where upheaval may or may not occur (Detroit, Atlanta, LA Clippers).
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.