Johnson, Pistons can't agree
Old 07-07-2009, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Avery Johnson will not be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons.

The Detroit Pistons and the ESPN analyst broke off contract talks Tuesday after more than two days of negotiations, according to sources close to the process.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons -- having paid both Flip Saunders and Michael Curry last season and still owing $5 million to Curry over the next two seasons -- were only willing to offer Johnson a two-year deal with a team option for a third season. It's believed that Johnson wanted no less than the security of a four-year contract, given where the Pistons are in the Eastern Conference hierarchy after a 39-43 season and the fact that Detroit is looking for its sixth coach in Joe Dumars' 10 seasons running the team's front office.

As ESPN.com reported late Monday, Dumars is now expected to turn to Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach John Kuester to replace Curry. TNT analyst Doug Collins withdrew from consideration last week and the only other known candidate is Boston Celtics associate head coach Tom Thibodeau, but sources say that Kuester's offensive expertise and history with the Pistons after working as an assistant under Larry Brown appeal strongly to Dumars.
Sources: Johnson won't be Pistons' new coach - ESPN
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figured this was a done deal, but i understand both positions. pistons don't want to commit long term when they are in a 'transition', and avery wants job security. makes sense.
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So whos available for them now? Sam Mitchell?
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So whos available for them now? Sam Mitchell?
nope hes going to Minnesota
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The Cavaliers real head coach is now the Pistons head coach
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figured this was a done deal, but i understand both positions. pistons don't want to commit long term when they are in a 'transition', and avery wants job security. makes sense.
The Pistons don't want to commit longterm even when they look like they might be committing longterm. They've had a revolving door with coaches throughout their run as an elite team, let alone rebuilding.

Avery was very smart here. I cannot imagine him trying to deal with that group and then having Dumars meddling.
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The Cavaliers real head coach is now the Pistons head coach
Damn, Mike Brown is screwed.
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