Make No Mistake, The Detroit Pistons Know Who The Next Coach Is

David McClureCorrespondent IJune 30, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 04: President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars of the Detroit Pistons introduces Allen Iverson #1 at press conference after being traded from the Denver Nuggets on November 4, 2008 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The firing of Michael Curry on the day before the Free Agency period begins in the NBA certainly raises a few heads.

The Pistons are known to be big players this off season and will likely acquire at least two top free agents and possibly a third.

Trade rumors have also been plentiful.

Firing Curry at this time tells me a few things. Mainly, Joe Dumars already knows who the replacement will be.

You do not go out and sign free agents and not tell them who the coach will be. Most guys will want to wait and see, if that is the case. Being active at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, as Joe has made reference to doing, will not be very fruitful with no coach in place.

Also, Joe Dumars usually takes pretty calculated moves. There's a reason for what he does—especially a decision such as this one. As hard as it was to do for him, he had no reason to do it unless he had a back up plan. has Doug Collins, Avery Johnson, and John Kuester listed as possible candidates. Other candidates could be Jeff Van Gundy or Bill Laimbeer.

I do not know who it is, but I am sure they have an answer for the players they start making deals with tonight.

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