Report: Detroit Pistons Want Stan Van Gundy to Coach, Run Basketball Operations

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistMay 13, 2014

Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy calls a play in the first half against the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, in Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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UPDATE on Tuesday, May 13 at 4:40 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

It's beginning to sound like the Detroit Pistons simply won't let Stan Van Gundy escape from their clutches now that they've begun the process of hiring him. Here's Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski

Golden State officials met with Van Gundy on Monday in Florida and left convinced he was leaning strongly toward the offer of total control in Detroit. Golden State isn't willing to make an allowance for Van Gundy to have final say on player personnel. The Warriors would make him one of the higher paid coaches in the NBA, but Detroit owner Tom Gores is willing to do "whatever it takes," one source said, to recruit Van Gundy.

"Whatever it takes" is a pretty strong argument. 

It usually wins, so long as the ones making the claim live up to it. 

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UPDATE on Tuesday, May 13 at 3:20 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

Things are developing quickly in Motown. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the two sides are already negotiating a deal: 

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UPDATE on Tuesday, May 13 at 2:25 p.m. ET by Ethan Norof

If Van Gundy does wind up in Big D, it sounds like he'll bring his former friend Otis Smith with him. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Van Gundy is interested in hiring Smith to be the general manager.

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UPDATE on Tuesday, May 13 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Ethan Norof

According to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News, Van Gundy and the Pistons could have a deal within the next 48 hours:

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UPDATE on Tuesday, May 13 at 1:20 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

The allure of two jobs in one can't be sold short. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Stan Van Gundy is now strongly considering the position being offered to him by the Detroit Pistons:

In this game of pros and cons, it's hard to see which side comes out on top.

The Golden State Warriors have a better team and an immediate chance at a championship, but the Pistons are planning to give SVG the ability to shape the roster just as he desires it. While it would likely take longer to restore Detroit to its mid-2000s glory, the process, which he'd have complete control over, would be more rewarding.

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The coaching carousel is spinning so quickly it's become a blur, even though the NBA postseason is still rolling along in full force.

Stan Van Gundy, much like Steve Kerr, has become one of the more coveted names out there, even if he hasn't coached since the fiasco with Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic at the end of the 2011-12 campaign. But as Zach Buckley wrote for Bleacher Report, "Kerr's name has sizzle. Van Gundy's has substance."

According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Detroit Pistons, coming out of nowhere, are now all-in on this pursuit:

The Detroit Pistons are pursuing Stan Van Gundy with a lucrative offer to assume complete control of basketball operations and coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Pistons are trying to compete with the Golden State Warriors, who are aggressively pursuing Van Gundy for their coaching position. ...

... Van Gundy has expressed a strong interest in the Warriors' opening, but it's immediately unclear how intrigued he is with the pursuit of Pistons owner Tom Gores.

All of a sudden, Van Gundy going to the Golden State Warriors, capitalizing on his homegrown connections and ability to coach a team that plays largely similar to those old Magic squads he spurred on to such great success, doesn't seem like such a sure thing.

After all, SVG has never had an opportunity to build his own team.

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The Dubs, with general manager Bob Myers locked into his position, aren't going to grant him that sort of luxury, especially since he doesn't have any prior experience shaping his own roster.

"I miss the challenge," Van Gundy recently said on 740 AM’s Open Mike show, as relayed by the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins. "I miss the camaraderie of it. But I also like the time that I've had, so we’ll just have to see what happens."

Of course, he was referring to coaching there. However, if he really likes challenges, this job with the Pistons would be even more of a difficult venture.

Apparently, he does.

Not only would he be trying to coach up a team with a more mediocre group of players—no offense, Detroit, but Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings aren't exactly on par with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and David Lee—he'd also have the challenge of worrying about personnel decisions.

It's surely going to be a tempting offer, especially because of the "lucrative" nature of the potential deal.

At the very least, even if nothing in the Motor City comes to fruition, it'll throw a wrench in the current discussions with Golden State.