Stan Van Gundy has been as unequivocal about his plans for the future as he has been effusive when discussing recently acquired point guard Reggie Jackson.
Since the moment the deal became official, Van Gundy has talked about Jackson as a piece for the future who will be running the team for the rest of this season and beyond. Jackson, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, seemingly isn't going anywhere.
Which makes you wonder about Brandon Jennings, the man he replaced.
Which is why Van Gundy had a face-to-face sit down with Jennings, who ruptured his Achilles on Jan. 24, to talk about the future and if and how Jennings fits into the Pistons' plans.
Unfortunately, Van Gundy didn't shed any details on what the highlights of the conversation were, but Van Gundy said it was a productive talk.
"Brandon and I talked and I told him what our thinking was both in terms of bringing Reggie in and what our thinking was going forward," Van Gundy said Thursday, according to the Detroit News. "I thought that was important; it wasn't something I wanted to do over the phone. He and I sat down and talked for 20 minutes or so."
Jennings, who was having a career year in Detroit before his injury, is due to make $8.3 million next year, the final year of his current contract.
"Brandon is a great guy and a team-oriented guy and understands the situation. He probably would've rather that we didn't (pick up Jackson)," Van Gundy said. "He's on board; he knows what we're trying to build here. Brandon really wants to win, so he was fine with it. There was no problem or pushback from him or anything else."
Whether that future involves a bench or starting role in Detroit or elsewhere remains to be seen.