Sunday, April 10, 2011
Updated: April 11, 7:34 PM ET
Pistons' Joe Dumars safe, source says
By Rob Parker
There will be changes in Detroit when Tom Gores officially takes over as owner of the Pistons.
One thing that won't change, however, is the man in charge.
According to a source close to the situation, Pistons president Joe Dumars will keep his gig -- even after the ownership change.
Gores, a billionaire California investor, agreed to buy the team Friday. He's expected to be approved by the NBA and take control of the franchise in June.
Dumars has been team president since the 2000-2001 season and won an NBA championship in 2004. In 2002-2003, Dumars, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006, was named Executive of the Year for the Pistons (28-51), who will miss the postseason for the second straight year.
It's been seven years since Dumars landed Rasheed Wallace in a trade-deadline deal. It was the missing piece that enabled the Pistons to win the NBA title and has served as Dumars' biggest get.
But the pending ownership transition caps a more recent, tumultous turn of events highlighted by a public feud between veteran guard Richard Hamilton and coach John Kuester.
Rob Parker is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.