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Detroit Pistons to demote Joe Dumars from President of Basketball Operations

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After trying his best to bring the Detroit Pistons back to the playoffs, Joe Dumars’ tenure as team president of basketball operations will come to an end.

According to ESPN, the Pistons will not renew Dumar’s contract after the season, but he could remain with the organization as an adviser:

 

“Detroit has decided not to renew Dumars’ contract as president of basketball operations, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made any announcement on Dumars’ future, says Dumars will remain with the Pistons as an adviser.

ESPN.com, citing unnamed league executives, reported on April 9 that Dumars was expected to resign before his contract expires on July 1. The Detroit News reported earlier this week that Dumars was planning to resign possibly as early as this week.”

 

The two-time champion took over as vice president of basketball operations following his retirement from the Pistons as a player in 1999, and was promoted to president a year later. He immediately brought the franchise back to prominence from their “Bad Boys” days of the late 1980’s, winning executive of the year in 2003, while putting together a roster that won one title(2004), and appeared in the Eastern Conference Finals 5 times(2003-’07).

However, Detroit has not made the playoffs since the 2009 season, and Dumars has made a series of moves that haven’t worked out. It all started weeks into the 2008-’09 season when he shipped away team leader Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson, and then signed free agents Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to 5-year deals.

This past summer, Dumars inked Josh Smith to a max contract, and also brought in Brandon Jennings and Maurice Cheeks as head coach. Cheeks, however, was fired before the All-Star break, and the team is starring at another 50-loss season.

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Michael Ma

Michael became a basketball writer for Fansided.com in 2012, and is the editor of Houston Rockets blog Space City Scoop. He was also an NBA contributor for Yahoo, and has been a basketball junkie since the illegal defense rule was still in effect.