First named as the frontrunners for the Pistons‘ head coaching job back on April 21, former UConn and Overtime Elite head coach Kevin Ollie, Bucks assistant Charles Lee, and Pelicans assistant Jarron Collins are still considered the finalists for the position, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).
A previous report indicated that the top candidates for the Pistons’ coaching vacancy would meet with the organization’s top decision-makers, including owner Tom Gores. Charania confirms that those meetings are happening this week and that they’ll involve Ollie, Lee, and Collins.
Interviews with ownership typically represent the final stage of a head coaching search, so barring a new candidate entering the mix at the 11th hour, it seems possible that the Pistons could make a decision by the end of the week.
Here’s more out of Detroit:
- James L. Edwards III of The Athletic identifies 10 free agents who make sense as potential targets for the Pistons this summer, starting with former Detroit forward Jerami Grant. Edwards’ list includes noteworthy restricted free agents like Cameron Johnson and Austin Reaves as well as less heralded unrestricted free agents such as Torrey Craig and Yuta Watanabe.
- Shawn Windsor of The Detroit Free Press (subscription required) believes the time is right for Pistons general manager Troy Weaver to pursue an established veteran in free agency to supplement the team’s young core. Johnson and Khris Middleton are among Windsor’s suggestions.
- Keith Langlois of Pistons.com looks ahead and considers what to expect from former No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham in 2023/24 following a lost season. As Langlois details, Cunningham has tried to make the most of his injury absence, using his time off to bulk up and to work on his three-point shot.
- In case you missed it, we published our Pistons offseason preview last week.