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Van Gundy has been on other side of wondering

With the hiring of general manager Jeff Bower, Detroit Pistons President Stan Van Gundy can continue the process of staffing the front office.

Candidates for positions are already filled in the scouting department as it prepares for the June 26 draft. But after that, there are no guarantees for guys like assistant general manager George David and scouting director Doug Ash.

The same is true for the training and administrative staffs. That makes things tough -- although Van Gundy has told staff to look at this period of time as an interview where he can observe people in jobs and make decisions based on those observations.

"I understand from their point of view," Van Gundy said. "Look, I've been in this business a long time. I've been the guy heading out the door a couple of times, too.

"I understand it and it's an unsettling thing if you're in their situation. You're trying to do your job, you're trying to impress the new people, you don't know if you're going to be part of it or not. I understand it, but there's just no way around it."

John Loyer, who was interim coach after Maurice Cheeks was fired in February, is under contract through next season, but no final decision has been made if he will remain in the organization.

"John's a guy I've had great respect for a long period of time, but also there's a lot of people out there I've had great respect for a long period of time," Van Gundy said.

Van Gundy isn't in any rush, so it will be a process that goes throughout the summer.

"That's really the next big thing, now that Jeff's here, is how we're going to structure this whole thing and who's going to be in that structure," Van Gundy said.

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