Flip Saunders is out as head coach

Pistons coach won't be back for final year of contract
June 3, 2008 1:51:38 PM PDT
(06/03/08)--The Detroit Pistons say Flip Saunders won't be back next season after leading the team to three straight Eastern Conference finals appearances. The team made the announcement Tuesday in a news release with president of basketball operations Joe Dumars saying he feels it is necessary to make a change despite Saunders' successes.

In his three seasons, the Pistons were 176-70 in the regular season and 30-21 in the postseason, but they lost in the conference finals each year.

Saunders had a year left on a four-year deal that he signed in 2005. He replaced Larry Brown, who won a title in two trips to the NBA Finals.