The Detroit Pistons have reportedly decided not to renew Joe Dumars’ contract as president of basketball operations. An unnamed source close to the situation confirmed the news during the Pistons loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, Detroit’s home finale.
USA Today has reported that Dumars has agreed to remain as an executive adviser outside the basketball operations domain.
Executives George David and Ken Cantanella will run the Pistons through the draft as the team searches for Dumars’ replacement.
The Detroit News furthered that report by noting that Dumars will be able to seek employment elsewhere in his demoted role.
Dumars, who had been in charge of the Pistons’ basketball operations for 14 seasons, has been on the hot seat in Detroit for quite some time before eventually losing his job.
Detroit hasn’t reached the playoffs since the 2008-09 season, where they were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round.
Since that season, the Pistons have posted a dreadful record of 111-201, a winning percentage of .356.
In spite of recent failures, Dumars had experienced some great success in the Pistons’ front office.
Spanning from the 2001-02 season until 2007-08, Detroit won six division titles and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for six-consecutive seasons.
The Pistons were also just one game away from winning back-to-back championships in ’04 and ’05, however, those days are long from relevant.
Detroit’s current stage as a basketball franchise could be best described as, “in shambles”.
Josh Smith is under contract for the next three seasons, earning $13.5 million per. Greg Monroe’s rookie-contract expires after this season and it’s doubtful that he will be re-signed. And to top it off, the Pistons will be in search of their fifth head coach since the 2010-11 campaign.
Unfortunately for Pistons fans, Detroit will be in re-building mode for the fifth-consecutive season.
Detroit will have some cap-space to work with in the offseason, thanks to the expiring contracts of Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva, but it’s going to be hard convincing any potential free-agent acquisition that there’s enough shots to go around when Smith and Brandon Jennings are taking 20-plus shots per game.
Andre Drummond may be the Pistons’ only glimpse of hope moving forward. Drummond has averaged more than 13 points and 13 rebounds per game this season.
In the last two games, Drummond recorded 26 points and 26 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls, then 14 points and 17 rebounds on Sunday. He leads the Eastern Conference with 56 double-doubles.
At this point, there isn’t any clear favorite to replace Dumars, but it’s safe to say that they will be thrown into a messy situation in Detroit.