Pistons owner, Van Gundy to meet to discuss future

Following another disappointing season in which the team did not reach the postseason, Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and president/coach Stan Van Gundy will meet next week to discuss Van Gundy’s future with the franchise — according to a report from ESPN.

The Pistons are just 152-176 under Van Gundy as their coach and president of basketball operations and have only reached the playoffs once. They were swept in 2016 in the first-round by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After the season ended, Gores said he has a lot of respect for Van Gundy and won’t make a drastic change or decision until he and Van Gundy have a sit-down.

“I wouldn’t make a decision without Stan,” Gores said. “He’s been our partner for four years. I think he deserves the conversation. He’s been good for us.”

The Pistons were expected to make a playoff push after acquiring All-Star forward Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers at the February trade deadline, but that never transpired. The team finished 39-43, ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

Injuries did play a role in that, as Griffin, center Andre Drummond and guard Reggie Jackson were only in the lineup together for a mere four games.

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