Thursday , Aug , 11 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons give Dumars contract extension

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons have reportedly agreed to
a multi-year contract extension with president of basketball operations Joe
Dumars.

According to The Detroit Free Press, Dumars confirmed he reached a deal with
owner Bill Davidson, but did not disclose the terms.

Dumars took over his current position in June 2000 and has had an extremely
successful tenure with the Pistons. Under his guidance, Detroit has become one
of the best teams in the league, which includes winning the 2003-04 NBA title
and losing in seven games to San Antonio in this year’s championship.

In his five years, the club has won at least 50 games four times and has
captured four straight Central Division titles.

During his first year with the club, Dumars acquired All-Star center Ben
Wallace in a sign-and-trade-deal with Grant Hill. Then in 2002, he signed free
agent guard Chauncey Billups, traded for sharpshooting guard Richard Hamilton
and drafted forward Tayshaun Prince with the 23rd pick. He also worked a deal
with the Atlanta Hawks that saw the Pistons acquire veteran power forward
Rasheed Wallace in the winter of 2004.

Along with those signings, Dumars brought head coach Larry Brown into Detroit
in June 2003 after dismissing Rick Carlisle following two seasons at the helm.
Carlisle guided the Pistons to back-to-back 50-win seasons, along with two
Central Division crowns, but was let go when Brown became available in the
summer of 2003. Carlisle then immediately took the head coaching job in
Indiana and has enjoyed similar success with the Pacers.

After signing Brown to a five-year deal, the 64-year-old guided the Pistons to
consecutive trips to the NBA Finals in his two seasons before being relieved
of his coaching duties over the summer. Brown recently signed a multi-year
contract with the New York Knicks.

Since Brown has left, Dumars hired former Minnesota head coach Flip
Saunders to lead the team.

As a player, Dumars led Detroit to consecutive NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. He
played 1,018 regular season games for the Pistons, most in franchise history,
and averaged 16.1 points and 4.5 assists.

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