According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe: "The Pistons are headed for major changes after this season and it could start with team president Joe Dumars, who is expected to resign."
Even if Dumars doesn't resign, his days in Detroit are likely over—no matter what. Per David Mayo of MLive.com, there aren't many scenarios in which Dumars figures into the Pistons' future:
Dumars is a lame duck. He doesn't have to be fired and he doesn't have to resign. His contract expires this summer and however his departure is framed, it should be handled with the dignity befitting a man who has given nearly three decades of himself—the majority of his life—to this franchise.
Mayo's second point is key here. Detroit's recent struggles make it easy to forget how much the organization owes to its longtime employee.
When Dumars joined the front office as President of Basketball Operations before the 2000-01 season, he did so as a Detroit legend. He'd just finished up a 14-year career with the Pistons—one marked by two titles, a Finals MVP and six All-Star nods.
Initially, Dumars did nothing to detract from his legacy.
Under his leadership, the Pistons were champs in 2004 and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals a whopping six consecutive seasons from 2003-08. By building a team around the defensive grit and blue-collar attitude of guys like Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace, Dumars provided the Motor City with a team that practically screamed "Detroit!"
But he lost the magic touch in the second half of his tenure in the front office, comically overspending on the likes of Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon. After that, it was a constant battle to dig out from under bad contracts.
He surrendered a first-round pick in order to divest the Pistons of Gordon's deal, and then he paid top dollar to add Josh Smith to a frontcourt that already featured Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
The writing was on the wall when team owner Tom Gores fired Dumars' most recent addition, head coach Maurice Cheeks, earlier this season.
Per Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News, Gores said then: "Our record does not reflect our talent and we simply need a change. We have not made the kind of progress that we should have over the first half of the season.”
The lack of progress has persisted under Dumars, and the Pistons are now losing any hope of salvaging a playoff spot. His likely ouster is no surprise.
But as Dumars' tenure appears to be ending, it's important to remember the totality of his work. For every sour note since 2008, there were plenty of sweet ones before that.
And in today's NBA, that's not so bad.
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