5 Biggest Rumors Surrounding the Detroit Pistons Right Now

Detroit Pistons: 5 Biggest Rumors Heading Into Offseason

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The Pistons are in line for a busy offseason as they search for a new general manager as well as a new head coach. Former President Joe Dumars stepped down from his position following a disappointing 29-53 season, while former head coach Maurice Cheeks was fired in February after a 21-29 start to the season. The bad basketball in Detroit only grew worse after the firing, though, as the Pistons won just eight more games the rest of the season.

5. Detroit Targeting Experienced GM

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5. Detroit Targeting Experienced GM

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Some in the industry believe that the Detroit Pistons are looking for an experienced GM to fill their vacancy in order to help develop Chauncey Billups’ career in the front office. Gary Woelfel of The Journal Times believes that Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo and Boston Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren are the front-runners. He also speculates that Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond could be a candidate.

4. Steve Smith Not Interested in GM Opening

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4. Steve Smith Not Interested in GM Opening

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Steve Smith, former Michigan State star and Detroit native, recently said that he would like to become a GM in the “right situation”, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. Detroit’s current opening does not qualify as the type of situation current NBA TV analyst Smith is looking for right now, and he does not wish to be a candidate for the opening.

3. George Karl Interested in Becoming Next Head Coach

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3. George Karl Interested in Becoming Next Head Coach

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According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl recently mentioned the Pistons specifically when speaking of teams he could coach next. Karl has a career .599 winning percentage as a head coach in the NBA with a career record of 1131-756.

2. Mark Jackson Great Option For Head Coach Opening

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2. Mark Jackson Great Option For Head Coach Opening

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Mark Jackson’s questionable firing by the Golden State Warriors may be the best thing that could have happened in the Pistons’ search for a new head coach. Jackson is well-respected throughout the league and is an excellent option for the Pistons moving forward.

1. Tom Izzo Could Become Detroit's Next Head Coach

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1. Tom Izzo Could Become Detroit's Next Head Coach

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Although longtime Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo recently said that he didn’t want to coach in the NBA next season, he did not shut the door completely on the possibility. According to Gary Woelfel of The Journal Times, some around the league believe that Izzo is still a possibility to fill the Detroit Pistons’ vacant head coach position.

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