One of the Detroit Pistons’ top priorities this offseason is to find their next head coach, a decision they need to get right.
It looked as if this decision was going to come quickly, as the Pistons identified three candidates they stupidly called “finalists” early in the process.
But the search took a turn when some unexpected names suddenly appeared on the coaching market, as both Mike Budenholzer and Monty Williams were surprisingly fired, adding two high-profile names to the list of possibilities.
The plot took another twist when owner Tom Gores met with the three finalists and reportedly wasn’t blown away by any of them.
So it appears the Detroit Pistons are back to square one, which isn’t a terrible thing given the importance of this decision, but if they are waiting for one of the top candidates, Detroit may be in a line that could get even longer.
Pistons may have even more competition for their next head coach
The Detroit Pistons are one of five teams currently looking for a head coach, as the Suns, Raptors, Bucks and 76ers all have vacancies.
All of those teams probably have more appeal to a proven head coach who wants to win now and not go through the process of building success with a young team like the Pistons. The Suns, Bucks and 76ers have MVP-caliber players who are ready to compete for titles.
Even the Raptors at least made the play-in, though you could argue that the Pistons have more long-term appeal.
And now there could be yet another marquee team on the hunt for a coach, as the Boston Celtics were just swept by the 8th-seed Heat and some are predicting Joe Mazzulla could be the next coach fired.
If so, the Celtics would immediately be one of the most appealing jobs on the market, potentially putting another layer between the Pistons and one of the proven head coaches.
If the Pistons want to go with a first-time head coach, they will have no problem finding one, but if they are holding out for one of the bigger names, they may be at the back of the line.
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