Joe Dumars’ career in the front office got off to a great start. After being named Detroit Pistons’ President of Basketball Operations in 2001, he was named the NBA’s Executive of the Year in 2003 and led the Pistons to the NBA Championship in 2004.
However, after making the Eastern Conference Finals every year from 2003-2008, the Pistons haven’t made the playoffs since 2009 when they were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round.
According to Ric Bucher, it’s only a matter of time before Dumars is out of a job.
While reports dismiss the possibility of the Detroit Pistons supplanting their current GM, Joe Dumars, with his former championship backcourt mate, Isiah Thomas, sources do not expect Dumars to stay in the position much longer—either he’ll 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 could not be reached for comment.
With a record of 24-36, it looks like the Pistons will once again miss the postseason.