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Sources: Pistons Want Van Gundy Back, to Restructure Front Office

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Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores wants Stan Van Gundy to return as coach for the final year of his contract, but would prefer for that scenario to include structural changes to the franchise’s front office, league sources told ESPN.

As president of basketball operations and head coach, Van Gundy has had full authority on player personnel and staffing — but Gores has suggested changes that, so far, Van Gundy is resisting, league sources said.

Van Gundy and Bower inherited a floundering franchise in need of an overhaul, winning just 32 games in Van Gundy’s first year at the helm. The Pistons have missed the playoffs in three of the coach’s four years on the job, including each of the past two. Their only playoff berth under Van Gundy came in 2015-16, when they earned the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 44-38 record before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round.

Sources: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Report: Rodney Hood Suffers Torn Left Achilles

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MRI confirms Rodney Hood has a torn left Achilles tendon.

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Source: Portland Trail Blazers on Twitter

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Sources: Knicks Fire David Fizdale, Name Mike Miller Interim Head Coach

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As the franchise spirals with a ruddlerless roster, the New York Knicks fired coach David Fizdale on Friday.

The Knicks lost eight straight games, including a 129-92 loss to Denver on Thursday night that dropped the team to an Eastern Conference-worst 4-18, which is tied for the worst record in franchise history.

The Knicks are naming assistant Mike Miller as the interim head coach, per league sources.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Multiple Cavaliers Players Frustrated with John Beilein

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In the midst of losses in four consecutive games and 10 of their past 11, Cavaliers players are bristling at new coach John Beilein because he’s treating this season like they, and he, are still in college, numerous sources told The Athletic.

It’s already gotten to the point where players are looking past Beilein to his lead assistant, J.B. Bickerstaff, for guidance, those sources said.

“Guys drowned out his voice, and when guys start searching for the next in line for help, I believe you’ve lost them,” one Cavs player said.

“The little things become big things, and sometimes very big things,” another player said.

“Our assistants are definitely more prepared for the NBA,” a third said.

Source: Joe Vardon and Shams Charania of The Athletic

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