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Dumars said his hands were tied during the transition period. Now, the rebuilding process can begin in earnest, and finding a new coach will be an important step.
"At this time, we do not have a timetable for hiring a successor," Dumars said.
The Pistons will try to make the most of the next few weeks. They have the eighth pick in the June 23 draft, which is only a week before the NBA's collective bargaining agreement is set to expire.
The new coach could take over a significantly different roster. Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace are the last links to the 2004 title team, and all could be gone by the time the Pistons suit up again.
The Pistons were unable to trade Hamilton, who is under contract for two more seasons, although it is possible he could be dealt before next season. Prince is a free agent, and Wallace has considered retirement.
Amid all that, there have been some bright spots. Rookie Greg Monroe established himself as a solid young big man, averaging 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds. Austin Daye, who shot 40 percent from 3-point range in his second season, appears to be another part of the team's future.
Gores said Thursday that Dumars is still the team's point man for basketball matters, and although the Pistons were noncommittal about Kuester that night, it was obvious that changes were coming in some form.
"I think that we really do have to re-establish the culture here," Dumars said that night. "I think that's the main thing -- is to just kind of re-claim the culture back that was established here for a long time."
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