June 4, 2008
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons will have a new coach next season, and director of basketball operations Joe Dumars says other major changes could follow.
Flip Saunders has been dismissed with a year left on a four-year deal he signed in 2005 to replace Larry Brown, who led the Pistons to two straight NBA finals and one title. The Pistons went 176-and-70 in the regular season and 30-and-21 in the postseason during Saunders' three years on their bench. But Detroit was ousted in the Eastern Conference finals during each of those seasons.
Assistant coach Michael Curry appears to be the leading contender to replace Saunders. Other possible candidates include Detroit assistant coach Terry Porter and former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson.
Curry is a former Glenn Hills High School and Georgia Southern basketball standout.