The Detroit Pistons will not only be looking for a new head coach this upcoming offseason, but just as expected, the franchise will need to find a new president as well. After 14 years serving as the president of basketball operations, Joe Dumars is expected to resign. Multiple reports, as taken from the primary source The Detroit News, anticipate his resignation to come as early as this week, with the possibility of next week. Keeping in mind that Dumars’ contract does not expire until July, this sudden move is most likely being made to avoid the sting of getting booted.
Dumars is no dummy. The former NBA shooting guard has been just as aware as everyone else about the declining status of his job security this season. With the untimely firing of former head coach Maurice Cheeks after just 50 games into the regular season, not to mention the team’s subsequent plummet from playoff contention, Dumars has been in hot water for the majority of the year.
After having constructed a championship-caliber NBA team that made six straight Eastern Conference Finals appearances, including winning the 2004 NBA Finals, Dumars has fallen on tough times the past few years. The Pistons have not participated in any postseason action since 2009 when they were swept by the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. Since then, they have finished second to last in the NBA’s Central Division for four consecutive seasons.
It would be in the best interest of Pistons owner Tom Gores to find a replacement for Dumars as soon as possible. With the 2014 NBA Draft quickly approaching, a draft that has been garnering praise for a long time for its anticipated deep pool of NBA-level talent, Gores will need someone to research and evaluate possible draft picks.
As for Dumars, his immediate future after his resignation is uncertain, though some sources have speculated that he could possibly become a member of the aforementioned Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. Everyone will just have to wait and see.