“Gores is definitely looking at Isiah to replace Joe,” one league source said.
What [Gores] knows about pro basketball you can probably fit in a thimble, and he loves his stars. That goes for current ones (Josh Smith, who is said to have a direct pipeline to Gores) and former ones (there’s none bigger in the Motor City than Thomas, who led the Pistons to back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990).
Lawrence has reported a surprising amount of Pistons news, so maybe he knows something here.
If Josh Smith has a “direct pipeline” to Gores, that’s certainly interesting. Gores seems close with Andre Drummond, but you can see why the owner would also want the input of the company’s highest-paid employee. Based on Smith’s poor on-court decision-making, that seems dangerous – especially if Gores’ basketball knowledge is as meager as Lawrence implies. But Gores isn’t necessarily relying on Smith. Open communication is a good thing.
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