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Stan Van Gundy said he was willing to just coach, owner wanted new direction

Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 11: Stan Van Gundy of the Detroit Pistons reacts during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Stan Van Gundy is out as the coach and GM in Detroit.

Most of the talk around the league in the run-up to that was Van Gundy was going to lose is front office power (to Arn Tellem, although that part turns out not to be true) and that if he was out as GM Van Gundy wouldn’t want to stick around as the coach.

That’s not true either, Van Gundy told Rod Beard of the Detroit News.

Bringing in Griffin wasn’t just a “Van Gundy trying to save his job” play, it was backed by upper management and even pushed by them. Why? The Pistons moved into a new downtown building in Detroit this year (with the Red Wings) and were not selling it out, as is expected with a new building. Griffin, for all his flaws on the court, is a big name that sells tickets.

The new coach will have some interesting pieces — Griffin, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson — if they can just stay healthy. As for Van Gundy, he will be just fine. Whether he decides to come back to coaching or not.