Since taking the reins in Detroit back in 2014, head coach and team president Stan Van Gundy has proven plenty willing to take big swings at solving problems. He cut bait on Josh Smith despite knowing he’d have to pay top dollar just to make the dude go away. (Owner Tom Gores is still paying Smoove to be elsewhere, to the tune of $5.3 million this year, next year and in 2019-20. The stretch provision’s a heck of a thing.) He tried to solve his point guard problem by importing, and then going all-in on, Reggie Jackson. He tried to form a more flexible frontcourt of the future by swingingdeals for Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris. He tried to solidify Detroit’s porous perimeter defense by jettisoning Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and replacing him with Avery Bradley.
And now, with the Pistons having cratered following a promisingstart to the season — Detroit’s gone 8-20 since Dec. 1, the NBA’s second-worst record in that span — Van Gundy’s come back to the table and pushed all his chips to the
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