Michigan could be in danger of losing its head basketball coach to the NBA.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a "Woj Bomb" on Friday, when he reported that the Detroit Pistons interviewed Beilein for their head coaching vacancy on Thursday.
According to Brendan Quinn, who covers Michigan basketball for The Athletic, Friday's news came as a surprise to sources close to Beilein.
The Freep's @Vincent_Ellis56 has confirmed with the Pistons that Beilein met with the organization. I can tell you that a number of people extremely close to Beilein had/has no idea this meeting occurred.
— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) June 1, 2018
Beilein, whose current contract runs through the 2020-21 season and pays him an average annual salary of $3.37 million, told reporters last month that he has been in active talks with Michigan to sign a contract extension, according to Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press. Quinn, however, said he does not believe Beilein is simply using the Pistons as leverage, and that Beilein leaving for the NBA is a real possibility.
1) This ain't about John Beilein leveraging for more money.
2) The Pistons are quite serious about Beilein
3) This could actually happen.
That and much more, here:https://t.co/m60AIgeBfU
— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) June 3, 2018
Michigan is coming off an appearance in the NCAA Tournament national championship game, its second such appearance in the last six years.