Chris Iott of Michigan Live reports:

Q: What kind of a job did coach John Kuester do this year?

Detroit Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars: “I thought he did a good job under the circumstances. A lot of stuff was thrown at him. One thing I will say — and I would be remiss if I didn’t say — not looking for anything in terms of excuses, but we got decimated. We got decimated early with injuries. And I’m not sitting here hiding behind injuries, but I’m not going to sit here and pretend we didn’t get decimated by injuries early and for a long time, for months.

“That played a big part with Kue with his team early on. He had to do makeshift lineups continuously for three, four straight months. Any coach put in that situation, it’s going to be tough. So I thought Kue did a very good job under the circumstances he had to deal with.”

Q: What areas of improvement do you need to see from John Kuester next year?

Dumars: “I just think if Kue can have a healthy team for 82 games, I think he’s going to do a great job for us.”