Pistons owner Tom Gores, in town for the team's home finale, told the world he is "ready to spend" this offseason as he reflected on a disappointing season.
Speaking before the Pistons win over Philadelphia, Gores didn't offer a ringing endorsement of president and general manager Joe Dumars or head coach Lawrence Frank.
"I'd say I expected better results," said Gores. "I met with Joe and Lawrence yesterday and let them know that, so that's very, very clear to me. They are great guys that know their business but I'm here assessing everything. My job is to move this franchise forward."
When asked if their jobs were safe, Gores said, "We're assessing that right now. I think both of them, including ownership, has to be accountable for the year.
"We have to be accountable for the results of this year. We have a great core of young players, but we have to be accountable and I expected to be in the playoffs. When I said that last year, I meant it.
"I can tell you Lawrence is a tremendous guy. I've gotten to know him over the last couple of years, but I have to really think about this franchise and what the best thing is for the future," Said Gores.
The Pistons have a multitude of cap space available this offseason and Gores made it clear he is ready to lure big-time talent to Auburn Hills.
"There's no doubt that it's a critical time and we're fortunate enough to have a good, young crew of people. We've put ourselves in a position to make the moves and we want to win a championship. We want to get in the playoffs. We want to do all those things.
"This is an extra important year. We are prepared to spend and we are prepared to do what we have to do to get this franchise forward and make no doubt about it, we want to win," said Gores.
"You can tell the world, we're ready to spend."
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