No extension, but Joe Dumars likely to stay with Detroit Pistons


joe-dumarsRetired NBA great, current general manager of the Detroit Pistons Joe Dumars is in the final year of his contract.

The Pistons have not discussed an extension with Dumars, but the team’s owner Tom Gores insists he is not on the hot seat, according to Detroit News.

“He’s not,” said Gores. “Joe and I collaborated on these moves, we talk every other day. He’s done everything we’ve asked, and his basketball organization is really solid. I’m excited where they’re at. I don’t think I could’ve asked for more this summer.”

“We haven’t talked about it. I really respect this about Joe — his focus is on the Pistons, on winning. He knows we have a job to do this year. The good news is, we’ve done all these move hand in hand.”

“We’re doing our jobs. Joe also understands you have to prove it, just like I have to,” Gores said.

The Pistons have a 54-94 record in Gores’ first two seasons as owners.

Last year, Gores said he expected to make the playoffs, but the Pistons finished 29-53 and Lawrence Frank was fired. Now after an offseason of shrewd moves by Dumars, and the hiring of Maurice Cheeks, the Pistons are considered a real playoff contender. And Gores sounds like an owner ready to demand more.

“I do expect success this year,” Gores, 49, said. “Last year I was hoping to get in the playoffs and I was disappointed. If we don’t get in this year, it’ll be a huge disappointment.”

Drafted 18th overall in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft, Dumars played guard for the Detroit Pistons for his entire career, from 1985 to 1999.

He won two championships as a player in 1989 and 1990, and was voted the 1989 Finals MVP, averaging 27.3 points per game as the Pistons swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four games.

During his career, Dumars was selected to the All-Star team six times, and to the All-Defensive first team four times.

In 14 seasons, all with the Pistons, Dumars scored 16,401 points, handed out 4,612 assists, grabbed 2,203 rebounds and recorded 902 steals.

Dumars, who played in 1018 career NBA games, starting in 944 of them,  holds career averages of 16.1 ppg, 4.1 apg.


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