NBA news roundup: Joe Dumars demoted by Pistons

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons will retain former general manager Joe Dumars in an executive adviser role, and Carmelo Anthony reportedly asked a former Chicago Bulls player about playing for coach Tom Thibodeau.

Joe Dumars won't be back as the Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations, the team announced on Monday, but he will continue with the team as an advisor.

"It's time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one," Dumars said in a press release. "I've had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I'm proud of our accomplishments."

Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News reported Sunday that Dumars will be allowed to search for other career opportunities.

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Assistant general manager George David and director of basketball operations Ken Cantanella will run the Pistons through the draft as the team searches for Dumars' replacement.

Dumars' run as head of the front office included a 2003 NBA Executive of the Year award, a championship, eight head coaching hires and eight fires.

Detroit hasn't made the postseason since the 2008-09 season, and this year, despite pricey offseason acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, plus the contributions from talented big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, the Pistons struggled. With a win in their final game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they would only finish with 30 victories on the year.

Melo asked former player about playing under Thibs

Take Carmelo Anthony's question to a former Chicago Bulls player with a grain of salt. Maybe Anthony was simply starting a conversation. As he readies to opt out of his current deal to enter free agency this summer, the New York Knicks forward might also be starting to do research with his future in mind.

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The New York Daily News' Frank Isola reports that Anthony asked a former Bulls player about playing for head coach Tom Thibodeau.

"What is it like to play for Thibs?" Anthony said.

Chicago has been one rumored team that could chase after Anthony in the offseason, and though the Knicks and newly appointed executive Phil Jackson seem set on re-signing their All-Star, it's believed Anthony will consider his options. While he's been clear about free agency being an opportunity to recruit for New York, he could also find that the chance to succeed next year might not be guaranteed in the Big Apple.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets are other potential suitors for Anthony, reports Isola, but the Bulls will remain in the running with pieces in Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose forming an appealing core group.

And of course, the plan will likely be led by Thibodeau.

Will Lakers re-sign Meeks?

Through all the turmoil of the 2013-14 season for the Los Angeles Lakers, Jodie Meeks has been the consistent, surprising presence. The free-agent-to-be will be looking for a pay raise from his $1.6 million salary this season, and the Los Angeles Times reports that the Lakers would be interested in re-signing him.

Meeks averaged 15.6 points per game this season while shooting 46 percent overall and 40 percent from three-point range.

Vucevic, Pau done for the year

The Orlando Magic decided to shut down center Nikola Vucevic for the final three games of the year because of a lingering Achilles tendon injury, reports Orlando Pinstriped Post.

Likewise, the Lakers have ruled Pau Gasol out for the final three games of the year because of his ongoing battle with vertigo.

Pittman released, Rockets target Josh Powell

The Houston Rockets released forward Greg Smith this past week in order to sign big man Dexter Pittman, but the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reports that Pittman has been released before he had a chance to join the team.

With a roster spot open, the Rockets reportedly will sign NBA journeyman Josh Powell, who is in the Philippines and has played for six NBA teams in six seasons.

Spurs sign Damion James

The San Antonio Spurs filled out the final spot on their 15-man roster by signing forward Damion James for the remainder of the season. James signed a 10-day contract with San Antonio and has appeared in three games.

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