Yesterday Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reported that Flip would be back next season.
“Saunders met briefly with Pistons president Joe Dumars on Saturday and all indications are that he was told he will be back. Understand that with the Pistons, a coach’s job security can change in an instant, but as of today, the plan is for Saunders to finish out the final year of his contract. He’s already working on next season. He will supervise a workout of draft candidates at the practice facility Wednesday.”
Today Krista Jahnke from The Free Press reports that Dumars and Saunders haven’t spoken yet.
“A person with knowledge of the situation said president Joe Dumars has not sat down with Saunders yet to discuss the past season, which ended last week to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals.
Nor has Dumars met with owner Bill Davidson, who will undoubtedly have his say in Saunders’ future.
The person said a meeting between Dumars and Davidson will take place “really soon,” and after that, questions about Saunders’ future should be cleared up. The person stressed that Saunders has not yet been given any assurance he’ll be back.”
I really can’t blame Saunders on Detroit’s playoff woes this season, he did an admirable job making adjustments and using his bench better. Although if I don’t think if Joe Dumars wasn’t pulling the strings behind the scenes the bench wouldn’t have developed the way it did this season.
Last season I thought if Flip stayed Sheed would go and vise versa. Maybe that holds true this season. Sheed is in his final year of his contract, will be 34 next season, and may have worn out his welcome in Detroit. Plus if Dumars is going to get anything in return now is the time.
My gut feeling is that they both will be gone.
No matter what is reported things aren’t really certain until Saunders gets an extension or is let go.