Lue played for Van Gundy on Orlando’s Eastern Conference title team in 2009.
"It’s just crazy to see that you let a great guy like Stan go," Lue said before the Cavs hosted Toronto in Game 4.
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Not only did the team take on Griffin’s big contract, but Detroit also sent a protected first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Clippers in the deal.
Gores indicated last month that changes would be coming, but it wasn’t clear if that might mean a front office shake-up or a coaching change. The team’s news release Monday didn’t shed much light on the decision-making process of these past few weeks. "Stan is a competitor and he wanted to finish the job," Gores said.Van Gundy held both those roles for four years, and at times the Pistons seemed to be making progress.But they made the playoffs only once during his tenure, in 2016, and the team announced his departure Monday. "I am grateful to Stan for everything he’s done for the Pistons and for the city of Detroit," Gores said.Mitchell has blossomed into a Rookie of the Year candidate for Utah.The trade for Griffin was a bold one for the Pistons and left them with limited flexibility.With Drummond leading the way, Detroit started 19-14 and won on the road against the likes of Golden State, Oklahoma City and Boston.Then an ankle injury to point guard Reggie Jackson derailed the season, and not even the trade for Griffin in late January was enough to push the Pistons to the playoffs in their first season at downtown Detroit’s new Little Caesars Arena.Detroit hasn’t been able to make the most of its draft position, spending first-round picks on Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson and Luke Kennard.This past season, Kennard shot over 40 per cent from 3-point range, but he was taken one spot ahead of Donovan Mitchell in last year’s draft.They’ve made the post-season just once in the past nine seasons, and even a blockbuster trade for Blake Griffin wasn’t enough to salvage 2017-18.The Pistons went 152-176 over the past four seasons under Van Gundy, and his personnel decisions have come under more criticism than his coaching.