While Isiah Thomas was non-committal in addressing the potential he would join the Pistons in the near future, Detroit’s sitting president of basketball operations Joe Dumars declined to be interviewed at all before the Bad Boys celebration tonight, per Larry Lage of The Associated Press. Dumars has reportedly been on rocky ground all season, with speculation about his job security only growing as the Pistons continue to pile up loses following the firing of former coach Maurice Cheeks. Here’s a roundup of the rest of tonight’s notes out of Detroit:
- David Mayo of MLive.com answers a mailbag question about Dumars’ visibility, saying that Dumars is indeed ducking media consistently.
- In another answer, the MLive.com scribe says he believes Dumars’ run of decisions that haven’t panned out isn’t abnormal for a long-tenured GM to endure, but thinks that the big contracts given to Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon were the most egregious mistakes that could cost Dumars his job.
- Answering a question about the Pistons planned one-to-one D-League affiliate, Mayo writes that the new arrangement will give the team a lot more freedom to develop players. Mayo speculates that Detroit will utilize the D-League much more often with the new setup.
- Mayo says that Kyle Singler vastly outperforms his $1MM contract, and that the Pistons would love to keep the forward beyond his rookie contract. Singler is eligible to become a restricted free agent before the 2015/16 season.