Mike Woodson was fired on Monday after failing to get the New York Knicks to the postseason, but he may not be out of a job that long. While it’s entirely possible that he just takes next year off and counts the $3.4 million he still gets from the Knicks, Woodson is a name already being considered as a coaching candidate for one of the other three openings in the NBA.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Woodson is someone who could be a fit for the Detroit Pistons job and may be under consideration.
Detroit first needs to hire a new general manager, as the team basically forced Joe Dumars to step down. But because Woodson was fired by the Knicks so recently, and was involved in one of their more embarrassing seasons, we tend to forget that he’s a rather decent head coach.
Not everyone can have a spotless record, but Woodson gets teams to the playoffs when things are working and he’d be absorbing a roster in Detroit that is definitely playoff caliber.
He could be considered damaged goods at this point though, and his hiring would draw the ire of Pistons fans, but he’s not the worse option in a coaching market that is already rather thin.