AUBURN HILLS, MI (WTVB) - The Detroit Pistons have reportedly reached an agreement to hire Stan Van Gundy as head coach and president of basketball operations. Several media outlets reported on Tuesday the sides have a verbal agreement on a five-year deal worth an estimated $35 million. Van Gundy most recently coached the Orlando Magic from 2007-12 and he coached the Miami Heat for two-plus seasons before that. He was fired by the Magic after the 2011-12 season despite leading Orlando to five straight playoff appearances. Van Gundy would take over for interim coach John Loyer, who coached the last 32 games of the season after Maurice Cheeks was fired in February. Pistons’ president Joe Dumars resigned last month after a 29-53 season. Detroit hasn't played in the post season since 2009.
In last night’s playoff action, the Thunder rallied late to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-104 in Oklahoma City with the victory putting them up 3-2 in their Western Conference semi-final series. In the East, the Wizards extended their series against the Pacers with their 102-79 rout at Indiana. The Pacers still hold the edge in the series 3-2. Washington will host Game Six tomorrow night.