Isiah Thomas will be back in Auburn Hills at the end of the month to help the Pistons commemorate the 25th anniversary of their first championship team. And we’re hearing that he could be in line to return to the team, a few months after the weekend festivities, for a permanent gig. League sources say that Pistons owner Tom Gores is seriously thinking of making what has been a long-overdue, front-office shakeup after the season, with Thomas recently emerging as a top candidate to take over the role of the team’s top basketball executive from his former backcourt mate, Joe Dumars.
Here’s something to remember if Thomas gets the job: In the likely event that Mike Woodson is fired at season’s end, he’ll have a nice landing spot in Detroit. Thomas and Woodson are former Indiana University teammates and talk regularly about Knick-related matters. Thomas was instrumental in bringing Woodson to New York as Mike D’Antoni’s “defensive” assistant, which made him the coach-in-waiting when Carmelo Anthony turned on D’Antoni.
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