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Thursday, July 14, 2005
Agent: 'Everything is status quo'

Associated Press

The limbo surrounding Larry Brown will linger a little longer.

The timetable for resolving Brown's status with the Detroit Pistons was pushed back Thursday after Brown's agent and team president Joe Dumars spoke by telephone.

"Everything is status quo," agent Joe Glass said. "I think it'll come to a resolution in a short period of time."

He would not be more specific on a time frame.

Brown met with Dumars and Pistons owner Bill Davidson on Wednesday before returning to his summer home in New York. He did not immediately return a phone message Thursday.

Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek said talks were continuing and there was no other news to report.

No one involved in the discussions has characterized the specifics of the talks between Glass, Dumars, Brown and Davidson, but the Pistons were believed to be pushing for a mutually agreeable fallback plan in the event Brown's health forces him from the sidelines during the 2005-06 season.

Brown developed a bladder problem last season after having hip surgery, and he said during the NBA playoffs that he would not want to coach again with his current medical condition. He sought treatment in late June at the Mayo Clinic, and Brown still does not know if his bladder disorder can be corrected.

Brown has repeatedly said the only team he wants to coach next season is the Pistons, though the New York Knicks are known to have interest if Brown leaves Detroit.

The Pistons signed Brown to a five-year contract worth about $25 million, plus incentive bonuses, two years ago. The Pistons have said they would welcome Brown back if he's willing to return.

Brown held discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the spring about the possibility of becoming team president, though he steadfastly maintained he was only looking for a fallback plan of his own in the event his medical condition precluded him from coaching. The Cavs hired Danny Ferry as their general manager last month, and owner Dan Gilbert assured Ferry he would have complete control.