The Detroit Pistons have apparently hired Stan Van Gundy their head coaching job, along with complete control of basketball operations.
The Detroit Free Press reported late Tuesday that the Pistons hired Van Gundy, then added that an agreement on a contract could be reached by the end of the week. The Associated Press wrote that sources stated Van Gundy had, indeed, accepted the Pistons job. The report was confirmed by TNT and other outlets.
Neither Van Gundy or the Pistons made comment on Tuesday night.
Van Gundy remained a candidate for the Golden State Warriors coaching job even with reports swirling that he's made a deal with Detroit. Multiple reports indicate that the Warriors interviewed Van Gundy in Florida on Monday and were in Oklahoma City Tuesday to speak with TNT analyst Steve Kerr. Kerr is still in negotiations with the New York Knicks to become their coach under team president Phil Jackson.
The Pistons offered Van Gundy a five-year, $35 million deal to become coach and head of basketball operations, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. There is consensus in the media Tuesday night that Van Gundy would accept the complete autonomy the Pistons offer over the reported $25-$30 million the Warriors reportedly offered Van Gundy to replace Mark Jackson as head coach.
Van Gundy has made no comment about the Pistons interview or negotiations.
The Warriors will interview former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins later this week, but reports have them focusing on landing Kerr even as he prepares to sign with the Knicks.
Wojnarowski, one of the top NBA reporters around, reported that the Warriors contingent left the meeting with Van Gundy "convinced he was leaning strongly toward the offer of total control in Detroit." Golden State won't give Van Gundy autonomy, but would make him one of the highest paid coaches in the game. Detroit owner Tom Gores is going all out to land the 54-year-old former coach of the Heat and Magic.