The Detroit Pistons are in the process of signing Stan Van Gundy and giving him complete control of all basketball operations.
Stan Van Gundy and Detroit are negotiating on a five-year, $35M deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.Advertisement
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 13, 2014
The Pistons are looking to make a big splash, especially since they have not been real contenders since breaking up the nucleus that won the 2004 NBA championship. Hiring Van Gundy who has tons of coaching experience makes lots of sense for the Pistons.
The Pistons have a ton of young players like Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond who could all use some teaching from a veteran coach who has had success. Drummond especially will benefit as he has all of the physical tools to be one of the most dominant players in the NBA.
Van Gundy coached the Miami Heat where he laid the blueprint for the team that would eventually win the 2006 championship, albeit coached by Pat Riley. Van Gundy also coached the Orlando Magic where he took a team with Dwight Howard and role players and led them to NBA Finals where they would lose to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Since being relieved of his coaching duties by the Magic in 2012, Van Gundy has been rumored to be interested in several job openings but he took his time and waited for an opportunity like this. Van Gundy will also be in charge of basketball operations which means he will be able like have a huge say in who stays and who goes in Detroit. According to Wojnarowski, Van Gundy will also bring in former Magic GM Otis Smith whom he had a great relationship with.
Van Gundy is one of the most respected coaches and has the ability to really change things in Detroit. Coaching in the weaker Eastern Conference, do not be surprised to see the Pistons back in the playoffs next season.