By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons fired the coach they hired last June, Maurice Cheeks, after 50 games. The franchise also parted ways with longtime general manager Joe Dumars a few days before the end of the regular season.
Now the Pistons reportedly want Stan Van Gundy to fill both voids.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Pistons have offered Van Gundy full control of basketball operations and the role of head coach. Van Gundy was fired by the Orlando Magic following the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 season, when the team slipped to a 37-29 record following four straight seasons in which the Magic won 52, 59, 59 and 52 games, respectively.
The Golden State Warriors also want Van Gundy as their coach, and apparently the talks were serious, at least as of Tuesday morning.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated tweeted, “Talks intensifying between Warriors and Stan Van Gundy, per sources. Van Gundy now Golden State’s clear top choice. Moving towards a deal.”
The Pistons went 29-53 this season and failed to make the playoffs for the fifth straight year.