It looks like Joe D is definitely done.
sources do not expect Dumars to stay in the position much longeróeither heíll step down or owner Tom Gores will go in a new direction. Dumars, one source said, is weary of the criticism he has received in trying to rebuild the Pistons after constructing a franchise that went to the Eastern Conference Finals six years in a row (2003-2008). The criticism, the source said, fails to account for a dismal Detroit economy and restraints placed on Dumars while the franchise was up for sale and ultimately changed ownership hands.
Dumars has faced restraints, but so does every general manager.
The ownership change and Michiganís economy donít excuse giving $58 million to Ben Gordon, $37.7 to Charlie Villanueva or $54 million to Josh Smith. They donít excuse practically giving away Arron Afflalo and Amir Johnson. They donít excuse hiring Michael Curry, John Kuester, Lawrence Frank and Maurice Cheeks.
Even if Dumars had a tighter budget for hiring coaches, he shouldnít have done so poorly. There are gems to be found. How much is Charlotte paying Steve Clifford?
The best thing Dumars can do is go away quietly when the season ends, letting Pistons fans eventually remember him for being a great player and assembling the 2004 championship team. It at least sounds like heíll do that.
The article sums it up pretty good. This season is an absolute disappointment and Dumars has spent money so bad on players he shouldn't have. If we end up with a 9 or 10 spot and end up giving Charlotte that pick we're going to be screwed for a long time again. At least we have a solid player in Drummond to build around.