Stan Van Gundy To Meet With Pistons Ownership To Discuss Future

Pistons head coach/president Stan Van Gundy and owner Tom Gores will meet next week to discuss Van Gundy’s future with the organization, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Van Gundy has one year left on his contract.

Van Gundy, 58, has been at the helm as head coach and president since 2014 when he replaced interim coach John Loyer. As the head coach, Van Gundy has led Detroit to a 152-176 record in four seasons. The Pistons have made the postseason just once in four years under Van Gundy, losing in the first round in 2016 after a 44-38 regular season.

Gores spoke to reporters earlier this month and said he would meet with Van Gundy before making a concrete decision on his future.

“We’re not winning. It’s just that simple,” Gores said. “Whatever mistakes we’ve made or why we haven’t won, we have to evaluate that. I see value in the front office and the coach being connected.”

Despite the midseason acquisition of Blake Griffin and another strong season from Andre Drummond, the Pistons struggled this season, finishing 39-43, four games back of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
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12 thoughts on “Stan Van Gundy To Meet With Pistons Ownership To Discuss Future

  1. Reflect

    He makes the type of moves that would have guaranteed him a ring if it were still 1992.

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  2. Djones246890

    You can’t have a coach also be a President of Basketball Operations. It’s far too much work, and it also creates a conflict of interest.

    Stan is just in way over his head, and that Hail Mary pass of a signing, of Blake Griffin, sabotaged the organization for years to come.

    But, he tried the gimmicky signing to try and save his job. That’s where the conflict of interest comes in.

    If there was another gentleman serving as the President of Basketball Operations, there’s no way that deal gets done.

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    • diller79

      The Blake trade was a success for Detroit. 1 the only way to get a star player to come to Detroit is to draft one of trade for one.
      2. All Detroit gave up to get Blake was Tobias Harris, 1st round pick, and a hurt Avery Bradley on an expiring contract
      3. Giving up a 1st round pick to get Blake isn’t a bad move by Detroit considering they whiffed the last 3 years in the 1st round(Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson, Luke Kennard) so to get Blake Griffin and avoid another drafting error isn’t as bad as it seems

      Overall I think the trade was a big success for Detroit. Even if in the long run it doesn’t bring too many wins but the Pistons didn’t give up much and it will bring more fans to the games which is great considering they just moved from the suburbs to downtown Detroit

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  3. joemoes

    I think you have to give him another year. Ownership has to sign off on the Blake deal. Give him one year with his Blake trade.

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  4. I don’t think you give a guy who is both a coach and the GM one more year. He either gets a long term deal to continue in both positions (unfavourable), a long term contract to just coach the team and bring in a new GM (most likely), or fire him now.

    Too much on the line for the future to allow a guy who can make player decisions both on the court and off when he knows his deal is up.

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  5. Dionis

    Henry Ellenson is a complete stud and I don’t know why Stan hasn’t played him. The dude has every skill in the book as a big with guard skills yet Stan did not play him. It’s a huge risk to depend on Reggie to be healthy all season next year so maybe they should look to draft a point guard like Trevon Duval who can develop into a future starting point guard for them in case Reggie gets hurt. Duval is an exceptional playmaker and could develop into an absolute monster if given the oppprtunity.

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    • diller79

      I agree pistons need to take a PG. I like Devonte Graham kid is a winner and I could see him developing into a starting NBA point guard.

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      • Dionis

        I got to check him out, but I know Duval will be a huge steal in the draft.

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        • mattpatricia

          Did you watch a single duke game? Duval is not the answer for any team

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  6. dust44

    I’m not sure the last 3 1st rounders r whiffs by any means. SVG doesn’t play the young guys. Kennard scored well when he got the court time. Johnson should of been starting. And Ellenson should b getting backup big minutes. SVG needs to go. Hurry and try to get Stackhouse before he becomes a knick

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    • Dionis

      Stackhouse would be the ideal coach for the Pistons, plus he used to play for them. Stackhouse was a monster on the Pistons I remember.

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