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Team: Detroit Pistons
Age / DOB:  (59) / 8/26/1955

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Stan Van Gundy said that he doesn't think players should be limited by max contracts.
In making a compelling case against max contracts, Van Gundy used Bruce Springsteen as an example."They don't say to Bruce Springsteen, 'You can only get 25 percent of the proceeds and 75 percent's got to go to the E Street Band.' I mean, that's not the way it works," said the Pistons president and head coach. "If it were more of a free-market system, I think things would change. I think you'd see greater parity in the league -- especially having the [salary] cap and no individual max." While Van Gundy did admit that the current system helps smaller market teams keep their star players, he makes an interesting point. Oct 23 - 10:39 AM
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Stan Van Gundy stated during a recent interview that a lineup of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond will not be a primary lineup, and hinted the three may not even start together.

"What I don't think will happen is [that Smith, Monroe, and Drummond will] be our primary lineup," said Van Gundy. "Maybe what emerges is those three guys start at 3-4-5. I don't anticipate that would be the case but even if they do, that won't be the lineup that gets the most minutes." Van Gundy also added that he'll be adjusting his lineups on a nightly basis, so there could certainly be some tinkering with minutes throughout the season. Drummond is likely the safest of the group in terms of putting up fantasy value, and starting, while it's unclear if Smith or Monroe would be headed to the bench in a sixth man role. We'll be paying close attention to how SVG's rotations develop over training camp and preseason. Stay tuned.
Sep 28 - 11:43 AM

Stan Van Gundy believes that the Pistons will play with hard, and with intensity this upcoming season.

"Yeah [we'll play hard], for two reasons," Van Gundy said. "The people we added all play very hard and very competitively, but I also think that’s the value of depth and balance. Our guys are going to push each other. There will be competition for playing time." Van Gundy definitely bolstered the Pistons' roster this offseason with five free agent signings, predominately addressing the need for 3-point shooting. While depth is a nice thing for an NBA franchise to have, it sometimes equates to timeshares, which limits the statistical output of players. We'll be keeping an eye on how SVG's rotations develop over training camp and preseason.
Aug 11 - 4:19 PM

The Pistons are reportedly in advanced talks with former Magic GM Otis Smith to bring him on as the coach of their D-League affiliate.

Stan Van Gundy apparently likes his guys from his days in Orlando. This would be an interesting move for Smith to go from former GM to coach of a D-League team, but it's a good opportunity if that's a career path Smith would like to pursue.
Aug 8 - 4:53 PM

Brian Wright has been announced as the Pistons new assistant general manager.

"I’m excited for the opportunity to come to Detroit and begin working with the staff," Wright said. "I firmly believe in the basketball vision that Stan [Van Gundy] and Jeff [Bower] have outlined for the organization and look forward to being a part of that process." Wright spent eight seasons with the Magic as their Director of College Scouting.
Jul 7 - 7:23 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said shooting guard and small forward are his team's priority in free agency.

"We know exactly who we want to talk to [in free agency] on July 1," Van Gundy said. SVG might as well be inheriting a baseball team because the Pistons are not what he's used to outside of a dominant big man like Andre Drummond. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Pistons left Greg Monroe walk in order to get some perimeter scoring.
Jun 28 - 11:48 AM

Pistons president Stan Van Gundy said his team is "unlikely" to acquire a first-round draft pick or make a splash in free agency this summer.

The Pistons have about $13.5 million in salary-cap space with Greg Monroe's cap hold included, and they've yet to exercise team options for Chauncey Billups or Josh Harrellson. Detroit might have filled a roster need in the draft, but former president Joe Dumars traded away their 2014 first-round pick when he dumped Ben Gordon's salary in 2012. Van Gundy said his team has identified "nine or 10" free agents they'll target this summer, presumably some of whom can provide outside shooting and depth at the PG and SG positions.
Jun 24 - 2:45 PM

The Pistons have hired Jeff Bower to be their new general manager, according to Yahoo! Sports.

He was the general manager for New Orleans back in previous seasons and was the coach of Marist College before this hiring. Bower and the Pistons have some work to do with their roster and their first order of business will likely be whether or not they should bring back Greg Monroe.
Jun 2 - 11:08 AM

The Detroit Pistons formally announced the hiring of assistant coaches Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer and Charles Klask on Friday.

That means that Rasheed Wallace, Bernard Smith and Henry Bibby are out. Malone was Van Gundy's lead assistant in Orlando. Beyer was also an assistant coach with the Magic under Van Gundy, and Klask was the scouting coordinator and analytics specialist.
May 30 - 2:41 PM

The Pistons will reportedly reach out to Spurs assistant GM Scott Layden, and they're scheduled to interview Stu Jackson for the position this week.

Poaching coaches and executives from the Spurs is all the rage for NBA teams, so it's not surprising to see Layden's name surface on Stan Van Gundy's wish-list. Former Magic GM Otis Smith, who worked with Van Gundy for years in Orlando, is also a candidate for the job.
May 27 - 11:43 AM

Stu Jackson will interview for the Pistons' general manager position, according to

He's the NBA's former executive vice president of basketball operations and the meeting is expected to take place next week. Jackson has also coached the Knicks and Grizzlies while also running the show for the Wisconsin Badgers. In other words, he's certainly qualified and has a good chance to exceed the low bar set by Joe Dumars.
May 24 - 5:58 PM

The Pistons will likely be looking to acquire some 3-point shooters in the upcoming draft.

It's no secret that newly appointed head coach and president Stan Van Gundy likes to implore the 3-point shot in his teams, but given the current personnel on the Pistons squad (29th in 3-point percentage, and 27th in 3-points made) some changes will need to be made. That means that Detroit will likely be eying some of the sharp shooters of the 2014 draft class, such as forward Doug McDermott, shooting guard Nik Stauskas, and forward Rodney Hood.
May 18 - 2:28 PM

The Pistons officially announced Stan Van Gundy as their new president and head coach on Tuesday.

SVG will earn $35 million over five years, and the Pistons aggressive package of financial largess and managerial power was enough to sway him to sign in Detroit. Van Gundy will take his time evaluating the team's operations before making any personnel decisions, but he's rumored to have interest in hiring former Magic GM Otis Smith.
May 14 - 1:54 PM

ESPN is reporting that Stan Van Gundy has reached an agreement in principle to become president and head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

Expect an official announcement in the near future, as SVG is expected to get a five-year, $35 million deal from the Pistons to be in charge of all basketball operations. And yes, we are just as excited as anyone to watch the relationship between Stan Van and Josh Smith, which appears to be a match made in you-know-where.
May 13 - 9:38 PM

The Pistons reportedly are "close to a deal" which would install Stan Van Gundy as head coach and grant him control of basketball operations.

Detroit owner Tom Gores is willing to do "whatever it takes" to hire Van Gundy, who is also a candidate for the Warriors' head coaching job, and beat writer Vincent Goodwill reports that a deal "could be consummated in the next 24-48 hours." Van Gundy has an excellent .641 winning percentage as an NBA coach and he led the Magic to the Finals in 2009, but he'd have his work cut out for him with a Pistons team that finished this season with a 29-53 record. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski adds that the deal could be worth $35 million over five years, and Van Gundy will consider hiring former Magic GM Otis Smith to join the team's management.
May 13 - 2:29 PM

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All Positions
PG1Brandon Jennings
2D.J. Augustin
3Spencer Dinwiddie
SG1Jodie Meeks
2Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
3Cartier Martin
SF1Kyle Singler
2Caron Butler
3Luigi Datome
PF1Josh Smith
2Greg Monroe
3Jonas Jerebko
4Tony Mitchell
C1Andre Drummond
2Joel Anthony