“In response to today’s media reports regarding the New Jersey Nets, I can say that I do not have any interest in a basketball operations position with the Nets. My priority is to continue leading the Pistons’ basketball operations efforts and putting together a team that is ready to compete and get back on track next season.”
Did he have an interest Saturday, when he reportedly talked with Rod Thorn and Avery Johnson? As I wrote earlier today, I’m not sure Dumars would have even spoken with the Nets a year or two ago.
This is probably the end of it, given Dumars’ reputation for honesty. That reputation helps him as a general manager, and I don’t think he would sacrifice it this way.
Still, I don’t think this denial necessarily means Dumars won’t leave for New Jersey. Coaches and GMs give statements like these all the time. They don’t always mean them.
It would be tough to sign free agents to Detroit if they believe you’re leaving. This statement could just be a way of leaving both avenues open.
Until new information emerges, though, I’m willing to take Dumars at his word.