After firing head coach Maurice Cheeks yesterday–only 50 games on the job–Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars will try once again to find another coach that cannot only save this season, but save his job. What better way to do that than by hosting the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs tonight. Dumars is the next fall guy in Detroit and with owner Tom Gores already pulling the plug on Cheeks, there’s no doubt Dumars will have the same fate should things not improve quickly. Dumars can’t even win this year by tanking the rest of the season.
The 2013-14 Detroit Pistons are not going to get anywhere by tanking their season. Dumars sent the Pistons’ 2014 first-round draft pick (a valued commodity this year) to the Charlotte Bobcats from the Ben Gordon trade a few years back (one of the many awful signings under Dumars). Dumars still thinks that it’s 2004 and players like Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton are walking through the Palace of Auburn Hills doors. Instead, the Pistons have become a shell of themselves under Dumars. Dumars overpaid for many of the players that have suffocated this roster, including Charlie Villanueva, Rodney Stuckey, Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings.
Cheeks was not the problem in Detroit, Dumars is. His history of terrible moves has surpassed his brilliant moves he made during Detroit’s championship run. Dumars gave away Chauncey Billups in 2008 for a washed up Allen Iverson, failed to draft former Michigan Wolverines point guard Trey Burke and overpaid an expensive me-first player in Jennings while also overpaying for yet another me-first player in Smith.
All of these moves have overshadowed the good ones that Dumars made, like the trade for Wallace in 2004, the trade for Ben Wallace in 2000 and the trade of Jerry Stackhouse for Hamilton in 2002. These moves led to an NBA championship in 2004. The moves that Dumars has currently made in Detroit will lead him onto the unemployment line.