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Rumor: Pistons thinking about Isiah Thomas as next top executive

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Thomas running another team sounds delightfully hilarious. (USATSI)
Isiah Thomas running another team sounds delightfully hilarious. (USATSI)

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It's no secret that Joe Dumars has struggled to put together a good team since the dismantling of the championship team he built a decade ago. The Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations has been making confusing moves and giving out bad contracts for half a decade now, and it's believed his time in the organization could almost be over as owner Tom Gores wants to field a winning team. Could Gores switch out one Bad Boys backcourt mate for another?

Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News says that former New York Knicks' general manager Isiah Thomas could be the targeted executive to replace Dumars if a move is made by ownership soon. Thomas would keep a tie to the success of the past Pistons while hoping to remake the roster into becoming another title contender.

Isiah Thomas will be back in Auburn Hills at the end of the month to help the Pistons commemorate the 25th anniversary of their first championship team. And we're hearing that he could be in line to return to the team, a few months after the weekend festivities, for a permanent gig. League sources say that Pistons owner Tom Gores is seriously thinking of making what has been a long-overdue, front-office shakeup after the season, with Thomas recently emerging as a top candidate to take over the role of the team's top basketball executive from his former backcourt mate, Joe Dumars.

Although he's been persona non grata in the NBA since his days at the Garden, Thomas is still Mr. Piston, and Gores, who operates out of Los Angeles and is finishing his third season as owner, is a lot like Dolan. What he 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).

Knicks fans have been looking for a little bit of hope during this trying season and this would certainly give them some relief. Thomas confusingly ran the Knicks for five years, giving away big contracts and making trades that didn't make any sense. If you're looking to replace Dumars without skipping a beat, the Thomas idea makes a lot of sense. But if you want to remake this roster back into a title contender, maybe the Pistons should go away from their past and start looking for some future.

In a year in which they made moves to get them back to the playoffs, the Pistons are 23-46 and four games out of the eighth seed in a horrendous conference.

(H/T - ProBasketballTalk)

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