Stan Van Gundy to the Pistons progressed very quickly.
And now it’s a done deal.
Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:
Marc Stein of ESPN:
I’m curious whether Van Gundy’s presentation differentiated between how he viewed each player as coach and as president – because the outlooks can, and probably should, be different.
Generally, I don’t like one person running the front office and serving as head coach. It’s a lot of work, and checks and balances can be helpful. Coaching on a day-to-day basis is an emotional exercise, and if the coach also has power to trade and waive players, that can lead to some irreversible transactions. Get mad at a player and bench him, and you can undo that whenever you want. Get mad at a player and trade him, and he’s staying traded.
But it works in San Antonio with Gregg Popovich, and Doc Rivers seems to have helped the Clippers by taking that role (though that franchise’s management was coming from a low place). Van Gundy doesn’t have the résumé of those two, but it can work in Detroit.
I’m swayed by the fact that Van Gundy is such a good coach and there were no clear-cut great front-office executives available. If this was the only way to get Van Gundy to sign on the dotted line, this was the right time to roll the dice on this setup.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.