Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Stan Van Gundy parting ways with Pistons after 4 seasons

Stan Van Gundy parting ways with Pistons after 4 seasons

The Detroit Pistons parted ways with head coach and president Stan Van Gundy on Monday after he spent four years with the team. They have little salary cap room and no first round draft pick this year after trading for Blake Griffin.

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Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowksi tweeted the other day that it's time for Van Gundy to leave.

Detroit finished one seed out of the playoffs, but they were 39-43 and that's a awful place to be in the National Basketball Association.

However, the Pistons were unable to find success under Van Gundy, never winning more than 44 games in any of his four seasons.

In fairness, the Pistons shouldn't have - and might not have - expected immediate dividends from the Griffin trade.

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Just last week, ESPN reported Gores wanted Van Gundy to return. Trading for Tobias Harris in 2016 was a huge coup. He had one year remaining on his contract. Detroit also is still trying to get some value from 2016 first-round pick Henry Ellenson, who has played just 475 minutes through his first two seasons, a large percentage of those after the team was eliminated from playoff contention this year.

The NBA won't have any Van Gundys coaching next season.

Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy coaches against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

"He retooled a roster that we think can be very competitive in the East", Gores said.

This is the part of the column where I explain why the Pistons' decision not to trade a backup center last season is relevant today.

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