May 14, 2013 2:39 PM EDT
Damian Lillard headlines the 2013 NBA All-Rookie Team as a unanimous selection.
Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Dion Waiters and Harrison Barnes joined Lillard on the All-Rookie First Team.
On the All-Rookie Second Team is Andre Drummond, Jonas Valanciunas, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kyle Singler and Tyler Zeller.
May 13, 2013 4:58 PM EDT
The Detroit Pistons do not have a leading candidate in their head coaching search, according to sources.
There is belief, however, that the Pistons will elevate the process at the NBA draft combine in Chicago.
Phil Jackson has agreed to help the organization in an advisory role and could have Brian Shaw at the top of his candidate list.
May 03, 2013 4:18 PM EDT
Mike Budenholzer has emerged as a candidate to become the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons.
Budenholzer is currently an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs.
Joe Dumars spent several hours on Wednesday meeting with Budenholzer.
The Pistons have also met with Nate McMillan and also want to interview Kelvin Sampson.
Budenholzer's reputation as one of the next potential NBA coaches has increased in recent years and is considered a leading candidate to replace Gregg Popovich whenever he retires.
May 02, 2013 10:22 PM EDT
Phil Jackson has agreed to serve in an advisory capacity in the Detroit Pistons' search for a head coach.
“Phil Jackson is a friend and one of the best minds in the business,” owner Tom Gores said. “We are thrilled to have him as an adviser as we make some very important decisions for this franchise. Joe (Dumars) and I discussed this and he and I are in full agreement that this is a great opportunity.”
Jackson's position will not be formal, but rather as an adviser for now. Joe Dumars said in a statement that he welcomes Jackson's input.
“Tom and I discussed using a consultant as part of our decision-making process in our search for a head coach and we feel that Phil Jackson is a great resource to use,” Dumars said. “I look forward to talking with Phil next week.”
Jackson has reportedly been seeking a front office role within an organization instead of a coaching job.
Apr 29, 2013 9:04 PM EDT
Nate McMillan will interview for the Detroit Pistons' head coach opening on Tuesday, according to NBA coaching sources.
The Pistons also plan to interview Lindsey Hunter this week.
Kelvin Sampson is a candidate for the Pistons' vacancy as well, and he is projected to be in the mix for the Milwaukee Bucks' job.
The Pistons fired Lawrence Frank after the regular season ended.
Apr 25, 2013 4:51 PM EDT
Lindsey Hunter will interview for the Detroit Pistons’ vacant head coaching job.
“It’s just an interview, like any other,” said Hunter, who interviewed for the Orlando Magic’s head coaching job last summer. “They (the Pistons) have a coaching opening and I was fortunate that they’d consider me. Hopefully, I’ll continue to gain interest from other people.”
Hunter, 42, served as the Suns’ interim coach this season.
Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said Hunter remains a strong candidate for the full-time job.
“From talking to him, I do feel that way,” Hunter said of Babby’s statement. “I think he still feels I’m a strong candidate. Although Lance and I were really close, I felt like I was equally respected in the organization by all parts. I was hurt for my friend but I wasn’t concerned about anything.”
Apr 24, 2013 9:36 PM EDT
Lindsey Hunter has asked the Phoenix Suns to allow him to interview for the Detroit Pistons' head coaching vacancy and will likely be granted permission soon, according to a source.
Hunter was named interim coach of the Suns in January, replacing Alvin Gentry.
As an NBA player, Hunter spent 12 of his 17 seasons with the Pistons.
The Pistons fired Lawrence Frank last week.
Apr 22, 2013 9:22 PM EDT
Nate McMillan has emerged as the front-runner to become the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons, according to sources.
The Pistons want a proven coach and have targeted McMillan, who has coached the Seattle SuperSonics and most recently the Portland Trail Blazers.
McMillan has an overall record of 478-452, with his teams going 14-20 in the playoffs. He has also been an assistant coach with Team USA under Mike Krzyzewski, when the U.S. won gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.
Lawrence Frank was fired by the Pistons last week.
Apr 20, 2013 9:50 PM EDT
Jeff Van Gundy slammed the Detroit Pistons’ front office for its dismissal of Lawrence Frank, who was fired after two seasons and a 54-94 record.
"Detroit Pistons basketball slogan: When the going gets tough, we fire the coach," Van Gundy said. "It's unbelievable. It's unbelievable. These new owners in Detroit have to be exceedingly bright to have made as much money as they have. And to be duped again that your G.M. tells you that the roster is good and the coach is bad ... what was the problem with Michael Curry? What was John Kuester? Now Lawrence.
“They run through coaches and they haven't even begun to address their problem. They have very little talent and very little basketball character. You combine that, you're going to be in a long rebuild.”
The Pistons have had seven coaches over the last 12 years.
"I'm just surprised that when everybody acknowledges it's a player's league – everybody would agree with that – then the most important player or person in any organization is the person that picks the players. But we don't, as organizations, examine them,” Van Gundy said. “We just take the easy way out time and time again. You lose, the G.M. convinces the owner 'We got good players. It's the coach's fault.' We fire the coach; we bring a new coach in; we continue to lose. We fire that coach, saying that 'We have better players.' It just goes on and on. It's typical and I can't believe that the Detroit owners fell for it. I just can't believe it."
Apr 18, 2013 1:41 PM EDT
The Detroit Pistons have decided to fire Lawrence Frank, sources tell RealGM's Jarrod Rudolph.
An official announcement came on Thursday afternoon.
The Pistons were 29-53 under Frank this season, his second with the Pistons. Detroit improved by just four wins over last season's 66-game mark.
Frank has a career record of 279-335 (.454).
Frank had reportedly wanted to be fired unless the Pistons picked up their option for his contract for the 14-15 season.
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Lawrence Frank has let Tom Gores and Joe Dumars know that he doesn't want to return unless the Pistons' option on his contract for 14-15 is picked up.
There has been speculation about Lawrence Frank's future with the Detroit Pistons, but at least one player wants to see him remain the head coach.
Pistons guard Brandon Knight plans to take it easy this offseason instead of pushing his body too hard as he has in the past.
Lawrence Frank missed six games to help his wife through an illness, and the Pistons have had trouble getting any traction in his second season on the sideline.
Jason Maxiell has undergone season-ending surgery to repair a detached retina.
Drummond has missed the last 22 games while recovering from a stress fracture in his fifth lumbar vertebra.
Corey Maggette believes sitting on the bench night after night has been difficult.
Andre Drummond has been sidelined since Feb. 8 due to a stress fracture in his back.
Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler are expected to participate.
The Pistons selected Andre Drummond with the ninth pick of the 2012 draft.
No timetable has been placed on the return of Andre Drummond, who has sat out since Feb. 6.
If Jose Calderon leaves, O.J. Mayo will be able to slide into the Pistons' shooting guard spot while moving Brandon Knight back to point guard.
Greg Monroe could enter into contract talks with the Pistons this summer.
Corey Maggette is not interested in joining a playoff contending team.
Will Bynum will serve his suspension Monday when the Pistons play Hawks.
Charlie Villanueva has decided to pick up his player option for the 2013-14 season.
Will Bynum has averaged 10.6 points in seven games since Jose Calderon joined the lineup.
The Pistons already made a major move in January.
The Pistons' package for Kobe Bryant included a combination of their core players and draft picks, according to sources.
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