Stan Van Gundy’s name has been bandied about for a number of NBA coaching vacancies, and now it seems the list is down to two, depending on whom you’re reading.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated says the Warriors and Van Gundy are hammering something out.
Talks intensifying between Warriors and Stan Van Gundy, per sources. Van Gundy now Golden State’s clear top choice. Moving towards a deal.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 13, 2014
Or … not?
NBA source: Stan Van Gundy told the Warriors he wanted total control of basketball decisions. They declined. He could get that in DET.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) May 13, 2014
But then Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has this report, saying the Pistons want Van Gundy to run the whole show.
The Detroit Pistons are pursuing Stan Van Gundy with a lucrative offer to assume complete control of basketball operations and coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Pistons are trying to compete with the Golden State Warriors, who are aggressively pursuing Van Gundy for their coaching position.
Van Gundy has expressed a strong interest in the Warriors’ opening, but it’s immediately unclear how intrigued he is with the pursuit of Pistons owner Tom Gores.
The Pistons have a far less appealing roster, but the chance to build his own organization is a challenge that the Warriors can’t offer him.
Van Gundy coached nearly eight seasons for the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic between 2003 and 2012, leading the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals, where it lost to the Lakers in five games. He played high school basketball at Alhambra High in the Bay Area.