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Stan Van Gundy is gone, where to now?

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Just when signs were pointing to Stan Van Gundy staying on in some capacity word came down that he is actually returning in exactly no capacity at all. Anyone who frequents the comments thread knows the opinions of SVG ranged far and wide and that won’t ever really change. It’s safe to say he didn’t stink up the joint but didn’t exactly leave a sweet smelling perfectly pruned garden of roses either.

But time marches on, the coaching carousel never really stops spinning so we won’t dwell too much on SVG here but rather move on to where things might look in the coming months.

So long SVG. We’ll always have our FAFW.

1. What was the first thing that went through your head when you heard Stan was gone?

Ben Gulker: Complete surprise.

Sean Wheeler: Pretty surprised. Looks like SVG wasn’t willing to let go of his control of the FO.

Ryan Pravato: Is my car radio playing tricks on me? That’s when I first heard the news right after work. I hadn’t checked my phone or the interwebz the whole afternoon. Oopsies.

Justin Lambregtse: My first thought was “why did Gores wait so long to fire him?”

Jamie Delaney: I’ve been catching up on Handmaids Tale season 2 so my first thought was “Praise Be.”

Jordan Bellant: I think it was the right move. Both for Stan and for our franchise. I really like Stan and given the instructions he was given from ownership, he did a pretty good job for us. He didn’t have much margin for error and some bad luck and injuries hurt this team from getting back to the playoffs. A lot of people will hang ‘Kennard over Mitchell’ around his neck, but beyond that, it wasn’t that bad.

David Fernandez: I was upset, I wanted to see to see SVG at least coach out the final year of his contract (while being stripped of PoBo title). When the Blake Griffin trade was made, I thought that guaranteed him one last year of making a run at it, and with all of the circumstances to why Detroit eventually under-delivered, was out of SVG’s control.

Steve Hinson: That Stan and Tom Gores’ inability to see eye to eye on SVG’s role moving forward cost him his job. Definitely a surprise, but with the reports out about SVG’s resistance to what Gores wanted moving forward, not a huge surprise.

2. What’s your gut feeling on where Gores wants to take this next season: A. One last go with this basic roster and a new coach and front office B. Time to tear it down and start fresh C. Somewhere in between.

Ben Gulker: I think Gores is all in on Blake Griffin. Everything else is up for grabs.

Sean Wheeler: It’s “C.” Gores probably knows the roster is good enough to make noise in the playoffs next year, but thinks the floor could be higher in case of injury.

Ryan Pravato: The problem is Gores, so there’s a good chance that his thinking is flawed (read: clueless).

Justin Lambregtse: Gores is going to go with one last go with this roster. The Pistons only played 4 games with Reggie Jackson, Andre Drummond, and Blake Griffin. I would be disappointed if they didn’t give it another go.

Jamie Delaney: Feels like A is the most logical, Gores-ian option considering how he handled bringing SVG into the fold. Think he’s too busy counting money in Malibu to think beyond that. I DO think the new FO will have an interesting challenge on their hands when it comes to this roster and finances (sigh).

Jordan Bellant: A. I think he wants to see what we have, and then make tougher decisions in the Summer of 2019. That also gives a new front office one full year to evaluate the roster. I would much rather see that, instead of having a new front office and coaching staff tear this down before they’ve properly evaluated the personnel.

David Fernandez: Gores is not a man who seems like he can stomach a tank. His team has made the playoffs one time since he purchased the Pistons back in 2011. He just moved the team to downtown Detroit, and he wants success now. His hires will reflect that win-now mentality.

Steve Hinson: A, which I still think is weird. Gores said in the press release that they thought they had a roster that could be competitive in the East. So it’s strange that they want to bring in someone new to execute someone else’s vision. But ok.

3. If you were the owner who’d be your top choice for coach and for front office and what would your plan be from options A-C?

Ben Gulker: Budenholzer would be a perfect fit. For more, listen to the DBB podcast!

Sean Wheeler: Budenholzer might have to apologize to Andre for all the hacking, but clearly knows how to get the most out of a roster with less than superstar talent. As for the FO, Chauncey is a wildcard, so there is nothing close to a comfortable choice out there.

Ryan Pravato: Stackhouse for new head coach? Who knows -- it’s just going to be a helluva task with this mess of a situation. God help him (or her).

Justin Lambregtse: I do not know a ton about GM candidates, so I will go with David Griffin. I would hire Mike Budenholzer as head coach. He is the best offensive coach on the market and that is what this team needs.

Jamie Delaney: I think Budenholzer is an obvious favorite. People forget how stupid good Atlanta looked 3-4 years ago, their offense was, dare I say, Spurs-esque at their peak. My gut tells me Stackhouse is a close second because he might be cheaper, and he will sell tickets coming back to Detroit. Front office-wise, I like the idea of David Griffin running the show with a Chauncey/Brent Barry supporting member to learn the ropes.

Jordan Bellant: I’ve made my feelings on this pretty well known. I want Arn Tellem as President of Basketball Operations, Chauncey Billups as General Manager and bring back Ken Catanella in some role within the front office. Then, I want Jerry Stackhouse as Head Coach. I’d like to see a former NBA Head Coach on the bench. Maybe Steve Clifford or Larry Drew? Also, Stack has played with guys like Adrian Griffin and Juwan Howard - I’d like to see someone like that come on to help coach the big men. Also, let’s take a year to see what we have before blowing it up.

David Fernandez: I’m all in on Mike Budenholzer as coach. For the front office, the guy who’s made my ears perk up more than any other candidate is Mike Zarren (Assistant GM of the Celtics).

Steve Hinson: Coach: Jerry Stackhouse. I tend to be more of a believer in G-League results, and I really like what he did with Raptors 905. Best defense in the league for two years in a row, league finals two years in a row while winning one of those. As Gulks said, give the podcast a listen - Laz did a great job of making Stackhouse’s case.

Front office: Well, Jeff Bower hasn’t actually been fired yet. I don’t really think he should be. I get why Gores fired SVG - they had different ideas on the organization’s structure. Ok. But Gores is happy with the roster that’s been built. That’s on Bower. So why fire him? Simply for the sake of starting fresh? That seems a poor reason to me...

My plan from A-C? Probably C. I’d want the new coach to get a sense of some of the players and their personalities, then provide their honest feedback on how confident they were that they could work with them.

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So that’s where we’re at...what about you all? Copy/paste the questions and share your thoughts and answers in the comments below:

1. What was the first thing that went through your head when you heard Stan was gone?

2. What’s your gut feeling on where Gores wants to take this next season: A. One last go with this basic roster and a new coach and front office B. Time to tear it down and start fresh C. Somewhere in between

3. If you were the owner who’d be your top choice for coach and for front office and what would your plan be from options A-C?