Per Detroit Bad Boys, MLIVE is reporting that the Illitch family wishes to buy the Pistons and move them to Detroit.
As we all have heard, I am sure, Karen Davidson put the Pistons (and Shock, who moved quite quickly to Tulsa) on the market almost immediately after her husband, the great Bill Davidson (coincidentally, the only owner to win a championship in 3 different pro leagues), passed away. Since then, many have speculated that an out-of-towner would purchase them, perhaps even moving them to Las Vegas. With how quickly the Shock moved to Tulsa and were dismantled, I think it would be logical to think something like this is possible.
Looks like Detroit sport fans are in luck, though. As was rumored (and prayed for by many a Piston fan), Illitch has said that he wishes to purchase the Pistons and move them to Detroit , likely paving the way for the City of Detroit to finally approve and contribute some cash to a new arena for the Wings (and now Pistons) who would be playing a total of 82 games in the arena. Not only that, but it would also give the Wings a temporary home at the Palace while the new arena is built. We all love the Joe, but I doubt anyone will deny it is long past due that the Wings moved on.
Either way, this will be a huge buy for the city if it happens. Illitch would own 3 of 4 pro teams in the city, as well as Olympia Entertainment and Palace Sports and Entertainment as well as the Palace and DTE/Pine Knob. With that kind of real estate under the Illitch family's control, we might even be lucky enough to get another sports team (likely a minor/d league team) playing at the Palace.
Davidson says she wants the team sold before the opening tip off for the 2011 season, so expect to hear more soon enough.