Detroit Pistons deny they’ve decided to fire John Kuester

The Pistons’ front office hasn’t made many moves lately, but it’s been busy refuting ESPN reports in the last few days. After denying involvement in a three-team trade with the Cavaliers and Timberwolves, the Pistons are saying they haven’t decided to fire John Kuester (at least, not yet).

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

The Pistons have not made a decision on coach John Kuester’s future, according to multiple team sources.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

A team source with firsthand knowledge of the situation said today that no major decisions will be made until the sale of the franchise to Los Angeles-based financier Tom Gores is complete and that nothing has changed since the end of the regular season. The source requested anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak for Gores, who is expected to gain control sometime this week.

If the Pistons fire Kuester now, whether Karen Davidson or Tom Gores would pay the final year of his contract becomes another point for the lawyers to deal handle. For simplicity’s sake, waiting makes sense.

That doesn’t mean Joe Dumars hasn’t had discussions about firing Kuester. Ric Bucher’s report came from somewhere. But that means the Pistons can’t publicly say Kuester has been fired.

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