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Stan Van Gundy signs 5-year, $35 million contract with Pistons

Stan Van Gundy signed a lucrative contract to become the Detroit Pistons' next head coach and president of basketball operations. The deal will be officially announced at a press conference on Thursday.

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Is Detroit becoming a desirable destination?

The best coach available just chose an unlikely team for a long-term partnership. Is this the beginning of a sea change for how free agents perceive the Detroit Pistons?

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Stan Van Gundy will try to bring order to chaos

The Pistons' new coach and president had high praise for his "elite" big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.

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SVG praises Drummond, Monroe in radio interview

Stan Van Gundy did an interview with an Orlando radio station where he talked about his new job, his old team and his friend and former GM Otis Smith.

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DBB talks with Lottery Mafia about SVG

DBB writer Sean Corp talks with The Lottery Mafia about Detroit's newest potential savior.

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SVG's press conference open thread

Conference scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.

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Stan Van Gundy press conference scheduled for Thursday, 4:15 p.m. ET

To accommodate the LA-based owner? We'll make sure to let you know how you can catch it.

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Grantland loves the Pistons: SVG edition

Zach Lowe says Stan Van Gundy "one of few coaches that can move the needle."

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No, Van Gundy's arrival doesn't push Monroe out

Conspiracy theorists are quick to suggest that Stan Van Gundy's arrival as the Pistons' new team president and head coach means Greg Monroe's future in Detroit is over. But is that really the case? (Hint: no)

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Stan Van Gundy on analytics

New Pistons' coach and President of Basketball Operations, Stan Van Gundy, knows his way around a stat sheet and has been active in the emerging analytics community. This is a good thing for Pistons' fans.

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Pistons announce Stan Van Gundy hiring

It's officially official: The Pistons formally announced the hiring of Stan Van Gundy as head coach and president of basketball operations.

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Van Gundy signs deal; press conference Thursday

SVG put pen to paper on a contract that will pay him $35 million over the next five years.

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What will Stan Van Gundy's offense look like?

Stan Van Gundy will be taking over as both head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. What will change under his watch in 2014 and beyond?

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Marcin Gortat: SVG is 'godfather of my career'

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat remains a big fan of his former coach Stan Van Gundy, saying, "he taught me basically everything about the game."

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Stan Van Gundy, Pistons agree to deal

The Pistons' not-so-quiet search for a new GM and then coach (or the other way around) is reportedly over.

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Brandon Jennings on Stan Van Gundy

Good tweet.

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Tom Gores is 'a very difficult guy to work for'

ESPN's Brian Windhorst joined Matt Dery on Sports Detroit 105.1 to discuss the Stan Van Gundy rumors, shedding light on what he thinks Van Gundy could be thinking while revealing Tom Gores' poor reputation around the league.

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Pistons offering Van Gundy 5 years, $35 million

The Pistons are reportedly prepared to make Stan Van Gundy one of the highest-paid coaches in the NBA, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski:

When Doc Rivers signed with the Los Angeles Clippers to assume control of their front office while serving as head coach, it was reported that he agreed to a 3-year, $21 million contract. If Woj is correct, Van Gundy would receive the same annual salary with two more years. Head coaching salaries aren't nearly as easy to track down as player salaries, but according to this list, Gregg Popovich is the only other head coach in the league making at least $6 million.

Say what you will about the wisdom over such a contract, but I'd argue that it's a necessity -- as I mentioned earlier, the Pistons have gone through 10 coaches in 15 years, and five in the last six. Even if Joe Dumars and his itchy trigger finger (or his questionable eye for coaching talent) is no longer in control, no established coach will take this job without an extraordinary degree of job security.

Update: File this one under "for whatever it's worth:"

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SVG may consider Otis Smith as his GM

The Detroit Pistons are reportedly offering Stan Van Gundy full control of the front office in addition to head coaching duties, but that doesn't mean that he'd necessarily serve as the general manager. Instead, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that SVG would "look closely at hiring former Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith." It's hardly a done deal, though, as Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports "Smith is just one of several names under consideration for GM spot under Van Gundy - if a deal is consummated."

Smith was general manager of the Orlando Magic from 2006-12, hiring Van Gundy in 2007 and standing with him until the bitter end when they were both let go. If the two are reunited in Detroit, the power structure would be reversed, with Van Gundy apparently having complete control in the front office while allowing Smith to handle the day-to-day duties. It sounds like a situation not unlike what Doc Rivers enjoys with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he serves as vice president of basketball operations while Gary Sacks serves as the GM. 

As excited as I am about Van Gundy's potential arrival, I'm less thrilled that Smith might come with him. Overpaying for mediocre players is what ultimately cost Joe Dumars his job -- and Smith has a history of doing the same. As Orlando Pinstriped Post points out, Smith was responsible for three of the NBA's worst contracts in 2013 (as judged by Bill Simmons at Grantland): Rashard Lewis, Glen Davis and Jason Richardson

But whether Smith is coming to Detroit or not, it sounds like the Warriors are convinced SVG is headed there:

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Pistons, SVG could have deal in "24-48 hours"

That was fast. After Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that the Pistons were pursuing Stan Van Gundy to take over basketball operations as well as head coaching duties, Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News reports that the deal could be done this week:

Stay tuned, I imagine new details will be leaked soon.

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Tom Gores wants a "name"

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Pistons pursuing Stan Van Gundy

Will Stan Van Gundy be the next king of the Palace?

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Would Stan Van Gundy fit in Detroit?

In our quest to better understand potential candidates to replace Lawrence Frank, DBB talks to Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post about Stan Van Gundy.

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Jeff Van Gundy slams Pistons management

Jeff Van Gundy spoke quite candidly about the coaching carousel in Detroit, and how the team's unnamed General Manager is to blame for its problems.

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