Joe Dumars is out as Pistons’ general manager. That’s been expected for months.
So, surely the Pistons had a plan to proceed without him, and now its unfolding.
Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:
David Mayo of MLive:
When Karen Davidson sold the franchise to Tom Gores, she retained a small ownership stake so the team would remain with the family of Bill Davidson, its late owner. This seems to follow the same logic – keep Dumars, a great figure in franchise history, involved, even if superficially. His contract expires June 30 or July 1 (both have been reported), so if he’s not resigning out of pride or any other reason, he needs to fill some role in the interim. It seems mostly symbolic.
But why are George David and Ken Catanella slated to be in charge for so long? The draft and free agency are huge for the Pistons’ future, and the next general manager should run the offseason from the get-go. Again, given how obvious this shakeup was, the Pistons should have already begun searching for a replacement for Dumars.
If that replacement is David or Catanella, that’s fine. Name him general manager.
Otherwise, Gores is making the next general manager’s job more difficult – unless the future replacement happens to agree fully with David and Catanella, but what are the odds of that?
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.