The Detroit Pistons are now in Stan Van Gundy’s hands.
In a move that happened fairly quickly, the Detroit Pistons have swooped in, snatched Stan Van Gundy from the seemingly inevitable landing spot in Golden State, and essentially turned their basketball operations over to him.
Momentum for this grown for this throughout the day and Marc Stein of ESPN broke the news.
It had been previously reported that Van Gundy planned to bring in former Magic GM Otis Smith to hold that position with the Pistons.
Detroit owner Tom Gores cleaned house firing coach Mo Cheeks midseason then letting longtime GM and decision maker Joe Dumars go after the season. It was time. The Pistons were a team with some nice pieces but without a master plan.
This is a great move by the Pistons. They just brought in accountability for the players. They just brought in a plan for building.
They have a franchise big man in Andre Drummond, and last time Stan Van Gundy coached he helped develop a franchise big man named Dwight Howard and put a team around him that went all the way to the NBA Finals. With Drummond and Greg Monroe up front, plus guys like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Singler and maybe Brandon Jennings (not really a Stan Van Gundy player) there are pieces they can make work.
Plus there is Josh Smith, who SVG can either try to mold or discard. But that is his new anchor contract to deal with.
I’m not sold on Otis Smith — he was incredibly loyal to Van Gundy in Orlando, but his is also the guy that drafted Fran Vasquez, vastly overpaid Rashard Lewis then eventually traded Lewis for the worse contract of Gilbert Arenas. Not sure I love him in the GM role, even with Van Gundy’s oversight.
With Van Gundy going to the Pistons, the Warriors are expected to make another run at Steve Kerr to be their coach, according to multiple reports.
Still, this is a big win for the Pistons — they just got the best guy available on the market and put him in charge of the team. That is how you succeed.