Shortly after the Pistons hired him, Stan Van Gundy said that would be his last NBA job.
But he didn’t want his Detroit tenure to end as quickly as it did.
So, four years later, Van Gundy is backing off his declaration that he wouldn’t coach elsewhere.
“If the right situation came along, I wouldn’t dismiss it,” Van Gundy said. “I’m not going out on the terms I would like.”
Van Gundy was highly successful with the Heat and Magic. He’s probably still good enough to coach in the NBA, especially when not also splitting his time as team president.
After getting fired in Orlando, Van Gundy waited three years to return to the sideline. He accepted the Pistons’ job only when they offered front-office control. He probably won’t get that anywhere again, but he’ll also likely remain choosy.
The Bucks and Raptors are good teams with vacancies. Van Gundy still has plenty of Florida ties, and the Magic are also looking. Would any of those jobs intrigue him?