Stan Van Gundy
After five straight seasons without a playoff berth, Joe Dumars’ long run as Detroit’s general manager came to an end.
The Detroit Pistons returned to the city Wednesday for a ‘Meet the Team’ event in Campus Martius.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of some quality people to our coaching and basketball operations staffs,” Van Gundy stated.
Richardson’s time in Orlando overlapped with the tenure of Stan Van Gundy, who was the head coach of the Magic from 2007 to 2012.
Sacramento had made calls about Smith in June, but Detroit never heard an offer that remotely interested them and never seriously engaged in discussions, sources told Yahoo Sports.
In signing Augustin and Caron Butler, Detroit got a pair of first-round picks who both made big contributions to playoff teams last season.
“We’re ready,” Van Gundy said later. “We hope it goes our way, but if not, we’ll adjust and move on.”
The Pistons hope Meeks will help bolster their perimeter shooting after he averaged a career-high 15.7 points last season for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The first order of business this offseason has been to add some perimeter help for the team’s imposing set of big men.
The Detroit Pistons have reached a three-year deal work $19 million with SG Jodie Meeks, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.