Report: Joe Dumars to step down as Pistons president
The last two weeks of what most consider to be an underachieving Pistons' season could include Hall of Famer Joe Dumars stepping down as team president, according to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News.
Dumars reportedly has told multiple sources within the league that his resignation could come as soon as this week. His departure would not be a surprise on the heels of disappointing returns from the addition of high-priced free agents Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings and the playoff expectations of Pistons owner Tom Gores. Even with Smith and Jennings on board, the Pistons find themselves 28-49 and out of playoff contention.
Gores exhibited a sense of urgency during the season by firing Dumars’ choice for head coach, Maurice Cheeks, after just 50 games. After Dumars reportedly attempted to save Cheeks’ job, Dumars' departure seemed inevitable, according to the report.
DOLLINGER: NBA Power Rankings Dumars' exit from the Pistons would end a 29-year working relationship that began with the team drafting him out of McNeese State in 1985. Dumars was named president of basketball operations in 2000, leading the team to an NBA title in 2004 and NBA Finals appearance in 2005.