3. This offseason will make or break the SVG era
After the interesting season that was 2014-2015, the time is relatively immediate to show improvement in Detroit. Stan Van Gundy has already shown he is not afraid to facelift this roster to better fit his system. The release of Josh Smith, the trades for Tayshaun Prince and Reggie Jackson, and (in my opinion) the lack of overt efforts to re-signing Greg Monroe all point to a coach that wants to win and wants to win his way.
The Pistons have had their best finish in five years and need to continue their improvement for all of these drastic moves to be supported by the Pistons faithful. This offseason will go a long way in showing whether SVG has it right or whether he doesn’t. For now we must trust that our head coach knows what he is doing. However, if there is another playoff-less year in 2015-2016, voices may start to rise against the man in charge.
|Van Gundy’s 2014-2015 Player Movements:|
|2/24||Shawne Williams||Forward||Signed for the Rest of the Season|
|2/21||Quincy Miller||Small Forward||Signed to 10-Day Contract|
|2/19||Reggie Jackson||Guard||Traded from Thunder for Kyle Singer, D.J. Augustin|
|2/19||Tayshaun Prince||Forward||Traded from Celtics for Jonas Jerebko, Gigi Datome|
|2/2||John Lucas III||Point Guard||Signed to 10-Day Contract|
|12/24||Anthony Tolliver||Forward||Traded from Suns for Tony Mitchell|
Transaction list: cbssports.com