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Report: Pistons in ‘serious talks’ to move team to Detroit

According to a report from Bill Shea at Crain’s Detroit Business, the Detroit Pistons are in serious talks about building a practice facility in downtown Detroit and eventually moving the team there from their current home of Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The practice facility would reportedly be 60,000 square feet and would be located north of the Detroit Red Wings new Little Ceasar’s Arena. The exact location of the new basketball arena, or a time frame for when it would be completed, have yet to be determined.

Crain’s noted that Pistons owner Tom Gores has been having talks with the Illitch family for a some time now and that those talks have gone to a new level since Gores hired sports agent Arn Tellem to assist him.

From Crain’s:

“Both sides have acknowledged that they’re in at least preliminary talks to figure out how the Pistons could relocate from the Palace of Auburn Hills, their suburban Oakland County home since 1988.”

Roughly one year ago, Gores said that relocating the Pistons to Detroit was a possibility, despite the fact that he continued to put money into upgrading the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Crain’s also added that Tom Wilson, current president of Olympia Entertainment, which is owned by Illitch, recently told the publication that the two sides were in a “talks-to-begin-talks” phase. According to Mark Barnhill, a partner and spokesman with Tom Gores’ Platinum Equity private equity firm, nothing has changed at this time.

What do you think, Nation? Would you like to see the Pistons pack up and move to downtown Detroit?

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