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Report: Joe Dumars out as Pistons president
- Updated: April 14, 2014
At the end of yet another ugly season the Detroit Pistons have announced that they will not renew the contract of Joe Dumars. Dumars had been the Pistons’ team president since the 2000-01 season but struggled in recent years in rebuilding a team that lost so many key components from their 2004 championship team. The Detroit Free Press was first on the story that Dumars would no longer be the team’s president, but also reported that Dumars would become an executive adviser for the team.
According to Vince Ellis of the DFP, assistant general manager George David and director of basketball operations Ken Catanella will run the team on an interim basis. Dumars was named the NBA’s Executive Of the Year in 2003, but fast forward to 2014 and he’s being held responsible for the firing of Mo Cheeks after 50 games, signing Josh Smith to a four-year $52 million contract, and trading for Brandon Jennings, both of whom have disappointed this season.
The potential on the Pistons roster seemed very high, but for whatever reason Dumars had a rotation of head coaches and star players in and out of the organization, causing chaos in Detroit. The Pistons loss their home-finale to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, dropping them to 29-52 on the season and leaving many fans wondering what’s next.
Dumars had a great run early, but over the last 5 years or so the Pistons have simply been a struggling mess. It’s a move many on social media have been calling for over the last couple seasons, and now Dumars is out the door as Pistons’ president. Some of the top priorities for the next president will be finding a legitimate head coach, selecting the right rookie in the upcoming 2014 Draft (Detroit will have a lottery pick), and getting the team’s potential to mesh together.
Andre Drummond, one of the team’s bright spots said he’s not concerned about the front office.
“My job is to show up every day, play basketball and not worry about what happens in the front office.” (DFP)
There’s been no formal announcement, but one is expected within the next week.
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