Joe Dumars prefers Nate McMillan or Maurice Cheeks; Phil Jackson prefers Brian Shaw

Chris Broussard on the Pistons’ coaching vacancy:

If Jackson has his way, the prevailing thought around the league is that his protégé Brian Shaw will wind up with the job.

On the other hand, sources say Dumars’ top two choices are Nate McMillan and Maurice Cheeks. Dumars also was hoping to make his hire before last week’s NBA draft combine in Chicago, the sources indicated.

Considering the Pistons have yet to interview Shaw and are done interviewing new candidates, it seems unlikely Phil Jackson gets his way.

Will Joe Dumars get his? He preferred Mike Woodson last time, and Tom Gores overruled him to hire Lawrence Frank.

Gores’ late-season statements coupled with his hiring of Jackson has opened plenty of question about Dumars’ status. The coaching hire should tell us plenty about how much power Dumars still holds. 

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