Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Detroit Pistons Part Ways with Stan Van Gundy After Four Seasons

Detroit Pistons Part Ways with Stan Van Gundy After Four Seasons

The Pistons have parted ways with their coach after four seasons, the team announced Monday. Wojnarowski added the Pistons will be searching for a new president of basketball operations and head coach, as those roles will be separated in the wake of Van Gundy's departure.

Despite playing just 25 games with the Pistons, Griffin was a fan of Van Gundy. Owner Tom Gores said Van Gundy wanted to stay but the team decided that change was necessary to regain momentum.

Van Gundy had one year and $7 million left on his original five-year deal, but most of his front-office and coaching staff were in the final year of their contracts.

The Pistons are expected to enter the coaching market very soon, following the footsteps of the recently-eliminated Milwaukee Bucks.

Gores, in the statement, emphasized that Van Gundy wanted to return. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich also has the title of president, but he has help from general manager R.C. Buford, a two-time NBA Executive of the Year.

Since coming to Detroit in 2014, the team has only been to the playoffs once, but it didn't go anywhere.

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FILE - In this April 1, 2018, file photo, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy reacts during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, in NY.

The Pistons missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season after earning the eighth seed and losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round of the 2015-16 Eastern Conference playoffs, Van Gundy's second year on the job.

Van Gundy held both those roles for four years, and at times the Pistons seemed to be making progress. He retooled a roster that we think can be very competitive in the East.

Van Gundy led the Pistons to a 152-176 record in four seasons with the team. They sank quickly into irrelevance after that. This past season was particularly disappointing because it may have been the most productive of center Andre Drummond's career.

Van Gundy took over a team that won just 29 games in 2013-14 and increased the win total to 32 and 44 in his first two seasons.

Van Gundy engineered the February trade with the LA Clippers for former All-Star forward Blake Griffin. The two sides reportedly met Monday to discuss their future and made a decision to split up after four years that ended with zero playoff wins.

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