Hours before the start of NBA free agency, Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars made a splash of a different sort, firing coach Michael Curry on Tuesday after just one season amid reported concerns that keeping Curry could hamper Detroit's offseason business.
NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons -- projected to have more spending money than any team in the league when the market opens for business at 12:01 a.m. ET Wednesday -- had been contemplating the move for weeks after Curry's rocky first season co-existing with Detroit's veterans.
The Pistons decided to go ahead with the change to help maintain their position as the team with the most free-agent ammunition this summer.