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Stan Van Gundy Close To Being Named Detroit Pistons Coach

The Detroit Pistons are close to hiring Stan Van Gundy as their head coach and president of basketball operations, per multiple reports.

May 13 2014, 8:20pm CDT | by

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Stan Van Gundy is close to being named head coach of the Detroit Pistons

Not only that, Van Gundy is also going to be the team's president of basketball operations, per The Detroit Free Press' Vince Ellis: 

"In confirming speculation that Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores was looking for a big name to control the franchise's direction, the organization has targeted Stan Van Gundy to replace Joe Dumars as the Pistons head of basketball operations. 

"A source with firsthand knowledge of the Pistons' plans confirmed the news to the Free Press this afternoon. There is an expectation that an agreement could be announced soon -- perhaps by the end of the week. 

"Van Gundy, who has a .641 winning percentage in spots with (the) Orlando (Magic) and (the) Miami (Heat), would also coach."

Ellis cites a tweet from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, who says Van Gundy is slated to earn $35 million over a five-year period, referencing league sources. 

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News also confirms the news of Van Gundy potentially landing a job as Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations. 

"The ultimate hammer. 

"That's what the Pistons are offering Stan Van Gundy, who is their choice to become their next head coach and to take over basketball operations, an NBA sourced told The Detroit News on Tuesday. 

"It would be a unique setup for Van Gundy and one that would make him one of three NBA head coaches with that type of authority. 

"Van Gundy, if he accepts the reported five-year, $35 million deal, would join Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers and Gregg Popovich in San Antonio as the other coaches with final say over player personnel. 

"Rivers and Popovich have NBA championship rings, though, while Van Gundy does not, and it's a far different vote of confidence than the one ownership gave Maurice Cheeks upon hiring him, only giving Cheeks two years at $2 million each last summer. 

"The source told The News that talks have progressed to the point where the two sides were 'very close to a deal.' Van Gundy was also being pursued by the Golden State Warriors, a team that isn't offering the same personnel control control after firing Mark Jackson last week. 

"The Pistons hope the stability and security they're offering -- along with a very lucrative financial package -- is enough to lure Van Gundy away from his preference of warm weather and a roster ready to win. The Warriors possess both of those attributes."

Ironically, Van Gundy told 740 AM in Orlando, Fla. (via ESPN) last week he's not even sure he's ready to return to coaching as he has been enjoying himself as a basketball broadcaster and family man. 

"Part of me does, and part of me doesn't. Look, we're so happy in Central Florida. It would really have to be a great situation for me to get back in. 

"I miss a lot of it. I really do. I miss the competition. I miss the challenge. I miss the camaraderie of it. But I also like the time that I've had, so we'll just have to see what happens. You weigh every situation."

The 54-year-old Van Gundy has amassed a 371-208 (.641) head coaching record in the NBA through eight seasons with the Heat and Magic, per Basketball-Reference.com. 

He last coached in the 2011-12 season, guiding the Magic to a 37-29 (.561) record before he was dismissed on May 21, 2012 by Orlando. 

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