The Detroit Pistons and Stan Van Gundy, their president of basketball operations and head coach, have parted ways after the team failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Van Gundy met with Pistons officials on Monday afternoon, league sources said.
"We have decided that this change is necessary to take our basketball organization to the next level," Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement. "This was a very difficult decision and we did not come to it lightly. I am grateful to Stan for everything he's done for the Pistons and for the City of Detroit. He rebuilt the culture of our basketball team, re-instilled a winning attitude and work ethic, and took us to the playoffs two years ago. He went all-in from day one to positively impact this franchise and this community."
Van Gundy had full authority on player personnel and staffing, but Gores had suggested changes -- including ones related to general manager Jeff Bower -- that Van Gundy resisted, sources said.
Bower will continue to operate as the GM, league sources said. He is expected to lead
Detroit's contingent at the draft combine in Chicago next week and oversee the team's individual draft workouts and draft planning. The rest of the front-office staff is expected to continue, too -- until further notice. Most of Detroit's front-office contracts expire this summer.
One candidate expected to be strongly considered for a role in a revamped Pistons front office is Brent Barry, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.