he next Pistons coach will be mostly Joe Dumars' call.

Tom Gores signs the checks and will have input, but Dumars will be firmly in the corner on the next guy -- possibly the most important hire of his tenure as president of basketball operations.

History would suggest the Pistons will move swiftly, but despite their practice at coaching searches, this situation is unique and might play out over a couple of weeks or longer.

Friday was the 12th anniversary of the firing of Pistons coach George Irvine -- the last time a coach was dismissed right after the regular season before Lawrence Frank was ousted Thursday.Rick Carlisle, Larry Brown and Flip Saunders were fired after long postseason runs. Dumars announced Michael Curry was returning before reversing course in the summer. John Kuester's fate ultimate lingered because of the ownership transition.

So there isn't a rush. Potential candidates, such as assistant Kelvin Sampson, are in the playoffs.