The Stan Van Gundy era has started in Detroit. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the former Miami and Orlando head coach has reached an agreement in principle to become the next head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Pistons.
Stein is also reporting the deal is worth 35 million dollars over the next five years. Stein tweeted Tuesday night that an official announcement is on course for sometime this week.
Pistons & SVG reach agreement in principle on five-year deal worth estimated $35 mil and are on course for official announcement this week
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 14, 2014
It’s still unclear who will take over as the franchise’s general manager. Former Orlando executive Otis Smith, who was the GM in Orlando when Van Gundy coached there, is rumored to be the favorite for the position.
Van Gundy, who has served as an analyst since being fired by the Magic in 2012, was considered to be the favorite to take over his hometown Golden State Warriors. After souring on his desire to have some power on player personnel, the Pistons jumped into the fold — offering a ‘Pat Riley like role’ with the team.
Van Gundy has a 579-371 record in his eight seasons as a head coach in the NBA. His 64% win percentage is the 6th highest in league history.