The Detroit Pistons have changed horses when it comes to their head coach. Stan Van Gundy is out as head coach and president of basketball operations after four seasons.
Van Gundy had one year and $7 million remaining on his original five-year deal. Although he has a winning record as a coach between his stints in Detroit, Miami and Orlando, the Pistons missed the playoffs the last couple of years.
Pistons owner Tom Gores thanked Van Gundy for his contributions in a statment. But he said the team hasn’t progressed over the past two seasons and the team needed a change.
Some outlets, including ESPN, speculate that Van Gundy’s front office replacement will be Brent Barry. He played 14 seasons in the NBA and now regularly appears on TV as an analyst. The rumor mill tie-in?
Barry was represented by Arn Tellem during his playing career… and it just so happens Tellem is now the vice chairman for the Pistons.