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Jackson has been maintaining this tune since the Lakers decided to hire Mike D’Antoni instead of him after firing Mike Brown last season.
What appears far more likely is that he’s going to join a team’s front office, perhaps as a President of Basketball Operations or General Manager. The Cleveland Cavaliers are one team in particular that could make a run at him, and then of course there’s the team at the center of our second rumor who makes a great deal of sense for him as a potential GM as well.
While Joe Dumars did put together the last Pistons’ championship team back in 2004, he’s completely lost all the stature and credibility that came with the accomplishment. Not only has Dumars run through head coaches like he’s handing out 10-day contracts for them rather than multi-year deals, the Pistons haven’t made the playoffs for four seasons.
There are big decisions to be made this offseason with the pending free agency of Greg Monroe and another head coaching search to conduct. However, Dumars may not be calling the shots as his deal is set to expire at the end of the season.
It’s expected that the team will go in another direction, but Thomas is not one of them. As much history as he has with the Pistons as a player, his reputation as an executive is worse than Dumars and would not be a step in the right direction. That’s why they’re publically willing to get in front of this rumor now.
Because Gordon was waived after the March 1 deadline to be playoff eligible, he’s ineligible for the postseason. That takes every potential playoff team off his list of teams to join, because no team is going to sign a player right now who can’t play for them in the postseason.
Gordon’s only chance to catch on with a team is with one that is lottery-bound, but in that case most of them have young players they’re dedicated to giving minutes to the rest of the season.
He’ll most likely have to wait until the offseason to be picked up.
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