Report: Stan Van Gundy might hire Otis Smith if he goes to Detroit
If Stan Van Gundy accepts the Pistons' offer to be president and coach, he might bring a familiar general manager with him.
Stan Van Gundy is reportedly considering a lucrative offer to join the Detroit Pistons as its president and head coach, and he is "looking closely" at Otis Smith for the general manager position if he does take the job, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Otis Smith was Van Gundy's GM with Magic, and Van Gundy never forgot how Smith stood with him until the end there.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 13, 2014
Golden State officials met with Van Gundy in Florida on Monday and left convinced he was leaning toward Detroit deal, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 13, 2014
Pistons just waiting on Stan's signature now but expectation is he's likely to accept. @WojYahooNBA first reported Detroit's interest in SVG— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 13, 2014
Van Gundy worked under Smith with the Orlando Magic from 2007 to 2012, taking the team to the NBA Finals in 2009 and the conference finals the year after that.
With the way the Van Gundy situation is looking, the Golden State Warriors have turned their attention to Steve Kerr -- officials are heading to Oklahoma City to meet with the highly sought-after coaching candidate, according to Wojnarowski.
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