The Detroit Pistons announced on Monday that they have parted ways with head coach and president Stan Van Gundy.
The decision didn’t come as a huge surprise as it was reported that the team’s owner Tom Gores wanted to shake things up after they missed out on the playoffs for the second straight year.
Initially, it was believed that Gores was happy to keep Van Gundy as head coach but only if he relinquished his role as president of basketball operations.
With the Pistons choosing to let him go, it would appear that they couldn’t agree on the same thing.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Gores had suggested changes – including ones related to general manager Jeff Bower – that Van Gundy resisted.
“We have decided that this change is necessary to take our basketball organisation to the next level,” Gores said in a statement.
“This was a very difficult decision and we did not come to it lightly. I am grateful to Stan for everything he’s done for the Pistons and for the City of Detroit.
Following this move, rumours are already circulating that more changes could be in the offing, particularly in terms of personnel on the floor.
With a new head coach to come in and a new structure in the front office, the team could choose to go in a different direction.
With very little cap space to work with after acquiring Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers in February, Detroit could potentially look into the possibility of trading high-earners Andre Drummond or Reggie Jackson to bring in more pieces.
But before any speculation could begin surrounding his future, Drummond instantly took to Instagram to inform everybody that will not be following Van Gundy out of the door.
The center also took time to thank his departing head coach with a heartfelt post on social media.
Under the tutelage of the 58-year-old, Drummond developed into a dominant center on both ends of the floor.
Last season, he averaged 15.0 points and a league-leading 16.0 rebounds per game and was rewarded with his second All-Star appearance.
He also improved his free-throw shooting which was always one of the weakest aspects of his game.
The 24-year-old shot a career-high 60.5 percent from the line – a huge increase from the previous season when he hit just 38.6 percent at the charity stripe.
Drummond still hasn’t reached his peak and can form a devastating frontcourt partnership with Griffin next year so trading him won’t really make much sense for the Pistons.
But the same thing was said about Blake when he re-signed in L.A. last summer. This is the NBA and as we’ve discovered in recent years, anything can happen.
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