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New Pistons president Trajan Langdon doesn't give timeline on coaching search, team rebuild

2024-06-22 07:37 Last Updated At:07:41

DETROIT (AP) — There is still plenty of uncertainty and mystery surrounding the Detroit Pistons.

The organization is coming off the worst season in franchise history and is once again searching for a new coach. There's no clearcut path to success and their roster — beyond Cade Cunningham — is a series of question marks.

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Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, left, and President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon shake hands after addressing the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — There is still plenty of uncertainty and mystery surrounding the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, right, and President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon pose after addressing the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, right, and President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon pose after addressing the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

One thing owner Tom Gores seems sure about is that he has finally found the right front office executive to lead the franchise. He considers Trajan Langdon not only his president of basketball operations, but his CEO.

“After assessing everything, I really felt the best choice for the organization was a fresh start,” Gores said Friday when the organization officially introduced Langdon. “Our mistakes in the past has nothing to do with just one person. We needed a fresh start and we needed Trajan to lead with a fresh start.”

Langdon, who was previously general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans, replaced former GM Troy Weaver as the franchise's lead executive. Head coach Monty Williams was dismissed this week with five years and $65 million remaining on his contract.

Former Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff, Mavericks assistant Sean Sweeney, Timberwolves assistant Micah Nori and Pelicans assistant James Borrego are just some of the candidates who are expected to interview for the head coaching job. With the draft coming up next week and free agency starting on June 30, Langdon isn't sure when a new coach will be in place.

“I can't give you a timeline,” Langdon said of his coaching search.

Langdon inherits an extremely young roster — the Pistons finished the season with 11 players 25 or younger. Development will be a high priority for the next coach after a disastrous 14-68 campaign.

“As much as we want to win,” Gores said, “we want to develop these young players.”

The best of the bunch is Cunningham, who averaged 22.7 points and 7.5 assists this past season. He's eligible for a rookie scale extension this offseason.

The 48-year-old Langdon said he'll try to take some pressure off Cunningham by upgrading his supporting cast.

The Pistons could have more than $60 million in cap space to make improvements. With many teams looking to shed salary due to the tax aprons in the new collective bargaining agreement, Langdon is willing to make trades that will help in the short and long term.

“One thing we are looking for with the cap space we do have is bringing in contracts maybe from other teams and gathering assets as well,” Langdon said. “Hopefully, with the players that come in, they can bolster the growth (of the younger players). If we can interweave those two things, that would make our summer successful.”

That's as much as Langdon, who has been on the job for three weeks, can offer now to a fan base weary of rebuilding. The Pistons haven't won a playoff series since 2008.

“I don't think there's a timeframe for us to get to the playoffs,” he said.

Gores hired Langdon not only for his basketball knowledge but for his overall leadership qualities. Langdon has been given full authority to run the organization's day-to-day operations. One of the previous criticisms about its structure was that too many people had Gores' ear.

“I'm extremely confident that this partnership with Trajan is going to work, that it is going to turn our franchise around,” Gores said.

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Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, left, and President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon shake hands after addressing the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, left, and President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon shake hands after addressing the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores addresses the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, right, and President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon pose after addressing the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, right, and President of Basketball Operations Trajan Langdon pose after addressing the NBA basketball media, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Nepal’s new prime minister has taken the oath of office at a ceremony in Kathmandu

2024-07-15 16:19 Last Updated At:16:20

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s newly appointed prime minister took the oath of office Monday at a ceremony in Kathmandu.

Khadga Prasad Oli, the leader of Nepal’s largest communist party, was named prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government.

Oli, 72, will be leading a coalition government made up of his Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and the Nepali Congress party, the two largest parties in Nepal. This is his fourth time serving as prime minister of the Himalayan nation.

Two deputy prime ministers and 19 ministers appointed by him also took the oath of office. He is expected to further expand the Cabinet, including members from coalition partner parties.

The last government headed by Pushpa Kamal Dahal collapsed on Friday after Oli’s party, which had been part of the coalition, withdrew its support to join the new partnership.

Oli will have to seek a vote of confidence in parliament within a month to continue in office. The two parties in the new alliance have more than half the members in parliament, giving them enough votes to pass a vote of confidence.

Oli’s biggest challenge as prime minister will be balancing Nepal’s relationship with its giant neighbors India and China, as both seek to wield influence over the small nation. Landlocked Nepal is surrounded by India on three sides and imports all of its oil and most supplies from India. It also shares a border with China.

“Among other challenges, the new government has the task to re-establish Nepal's diplomatic credibility and balance between the powers in the north (China) and south (India),” said Bhoj raj Pokhrel, an independent analyst.

Relations between Nepal and India had sunk to their lowest level during Oli’s first term as prime minister in 2015, when India was unhappy with a new constitution adopted by Nepal.

India imposed an unofficial economic blockade on Nepal, blocking supplies of oil, medicine and other goods that created severe shortages in the country. But relations calmed after Oli visited New Delhi in February 2016.

Oli was credited with opening doors with China and boosting trade and joint infrastructure projects including a highway through the mountains. Oli’s relations with China have annoyed New Delhi.

Oli was born in a village in east Nepal and has been involved in politics since he was young.

He worked his way up the ranks of the communist party and was jailed a total of 14 years for opposing the autocratic rule of Nepal’s monarchs. The royals banned political parties until 1990, when street protests forced then-King Birendra to hold free elections that turned Nepal into a constitutional monarchy, which was formally abolished in 2008.

Oli has had two kidney transplants.

Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, left, and outgoing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, center, arrive for the oath of office in the Presidential residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 15, 2024. Oli, the leader of Nepal’s largest communist party, was named prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, left, and outgoing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, center, arrive for the oath of office in the Presidential residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 15, 2024. Oli, the leader of Nepal’s largest communist party, was named prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, right, and outgoing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, left, talk before the oath of office in the Presidential residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 15, 2024. Oli, the leader of Nepal’s largest communist party, was named prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, right, and outgoing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, left, talk before the oath of office in the Presidential residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 15, 2024. Oli, the leader of Nepal’s largest communist party, was named prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Newly elected Prime Minister Khadga Prassad Oli is being sworn by president Ram Prassad Poudel, unseen, at the Presidential residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 15, 2024. Khadga Prasad Oli, the leader of Nepal’s largest communist party, was named prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Newly elected Prime Minister Khadga Prassad Oli is being sworn by president Ram Prassad Poudel, unseen, at the Presidential residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 15, 2024. Khadga Prasad Oli, the leader of Nepal’s largest communist party, was named prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Khadga Prasad Oli, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal leaves his residence to meet his supporters after being appointed Prime Minister, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, July 14, 2024. The leader of the Nepal's largest communist party, Khadga Prasad Oli, was named the Himalayan nation's new prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Khadga Prasad Oli, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal leaves his residence to meet his supporters after being appointed Prime Minister, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, July 14, 2024. The leader of the Nepal's largest communist party, Khadga Prasad Oli, was named the Himalayan nation's new prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Khadga Prasad Oli, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal leaves his residence to meet his supporters after being appointed Prime Minister, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, July 14, 2024. The leader of the Nepal's largest communist party, Khadga Prasad Oli, was named the Himalayan nation's new prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Khadga Prasad Oli, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal leaves his residence to meet his supporters after being appointed Prime Minister, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, July 14, 2024. The leader of the Nepal's largest communist party, Khadga Prasad Oli, was named the Himalayan nation's new prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Khadga Prasad Oli, left, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal leaves his residence to meet his supporters after being appointed as Prime Minister, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, July 14, 2024. The leader of the Nepal's largest communist party, Khadga Prasad Oli, was named the Himalayan nation's new prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Khadga Prasad Oli, left, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal leaves his residence to meet his supporters after being appointed as Prime Minister, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, July 14, 2024. The leader of the Nepal's largest communist party, Khadga Prasad Oli, was named the Himalayan nation's new prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Khadga Prasad Oli, centre, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal leaves his residence to meet his supporters after being appointed as Prime Minister, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, July 14, 2024. The leader of the Nepal's largest communist party, Khadga Prasad Oli, was named the Himalayan nation's new prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Khadga Prasad Oli, centre, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal leaves his residence to meet his supporters after being appointed as Prime Minister, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, July 14, 2024. The leader of the Nepal's largest communist party, Khadga Prasad Oli, was named the Himalayan nation's new prime minister on Sunday following the collapse of a previous coalition government. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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