The shakeup in the NBA's Central division has continued.
Earlier this week, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired general manager Chris Grant. And now, the Detroit Pistons have made a major change to the construction of their team.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Pistons have fired head coach Maurice Cheeks, who was in the first year of a two-year contract with the club.
Wojnarowkski notes that general manager Joe Dumars informed Cheeks on the organization's decision Sunday morning after Pistons owner Tom Gores had become increasingly impatient with the former head coach.
The Pistons have won four out of their last six games and moved just a half-game behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the eighth seed in the Eastern conference.
The news came as a shock to many as point guard Brandon Jennings simply needed two words to share his thoughts on Twitter.
Wait what— BRANDON JENNINGS (@BrandonJennings) February 9, 2014
Update: According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is interested in the Pistons' job but has not been contacted by the organization yet. “I’m interested and willing to listen to any NBA head coaching opportunities that become available,” Haynes went on to say.
But according to Wojnarowski, the Pistons will not begin the process right now, opting instead to allow assistant coach John Loyer to coach through the remainder of the season.
Detroit plans to let John Loyer coach the rest of season, league sources tells Yahoo Sports. Pistons won't be conducting a search now.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 9, 2014