The Detroit Pistons are a mess.
Promising young power forward Greg Monroe has been unhappy this season. It looked like he and center Andre Drummond could combine to form a very formidable front court for years to come, but the Pistons used their cap space to sign Josh Smith. Although Smith has been playing small forward, he’s better suited at power forward, Monroe’s spot.
Joe Dumars, who was praised for helping to build the Pistons into a title contender, has torn the team apart.
Now that his departure is inevitable, Pistons’ owner Tom Gores is considering bringing in Dumars’ former back court mate, Isiah Thomas, to replace him, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News.
“Gores is definitely looking at Isiah to replace Joe,” one league source said.
But would he hire him? Thomas, of course, needs no introduction to legions of Knicks fans. They wanted him gone long before Garden chairman Jim Dolan finally ended one of the worst eras in team history. In fact, Thomaas might still be here if he wasn’t at the center of the Anucha Browne Sanders sexual harassment scandal. It was a public-relations nightmare that cost the Garden $11.6 million when the former team executive won her court case. It also gave the league the leverage to twist Dolan’s arm, leading to Thomas’ ouster as team president and the hiring of Donnie Walsh in April of 2008.
Thomas famously ruined the Knicks’ cap situation and left the team in a terrible situation after he was hired as President of Basketball Operations late in 2003.
In other words, it sounds like the type of move the Pistons would make.