Report: Stan Van Gundy, Detroit Pistons Agree to $35 Million Deal

Vincent Frank
Written by Vincent Frank

Reports indicate that the Detroit Pistons have hired former Orlando Magic and Miami Heat head coach Steve Van Gundy to lead the team both on the court and in the front office. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Van Gundy will take over as Detroit’s head coach and president of basketball operations. 

It’s a bold move for an organization that hasn’t finished with a winning record since the 2007-2008 season and has missed the playoffs in each of the last five years.

Van Gundy has put up a career .641 winning percentage, which ranks him fourth among active coaches in that category, behind Gregg Popovich, Erik Spoelstra and Tom Thibodeau. He’s won 50 games in a season five times and led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals back in 2008-2009.

The veteran head coach had previously been linked to the Golden State Warriors, who sent Mark Jackson packing last week. The Warriors will now turn their attention to Steve Kerr, who is meeting with the team as we speak.

Van Gundy’s deal said to be worth $35 million over five seasons.


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Vincent Frank

Vincent Frank

Editor-at-large, Sportsnaut.

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” Rumi