When the Detroit Pistons officially announce Maurice Cheeks as their new head coach at a press conference early this week, the man whose third-year job referendum is a central focus of this change finally will take the stage in a public setting.

Joe Dumars hasn't said much publically lately, and we're all still awaiting scheduling of the Pistons' annual postseason press conference, but the impact of this summer on his long-term restructuring plot has hit the rubber-meets-road point.

The Pistons' president of basketball operations broke down a roster, through trades and expired contracts, and ultimately pushed for a coaching change with owner Tom Gores because he didn't want the Pistons' 2013-14 season -- the one on which his own job performance the last two years ultimately will be gauged -- falling to a coach whose hiring he didn't back in the first place.

Two years ago, Dumars favored Mike Woodson. Then-new owner Tom Gores opted for Lawrence Frank.

This time, Dumars successfully pushed for a peer, Cheeks, as the man to coach the Pistons into the future.

The rest of the summer will be devoted to Dumars proving he is still the man to build the Pistons for the future.

More important than the identity of the coach are the identities of the players, which are largely to be determined. The Pistons got into a tight coaching market with one-third of the league in leadership transition, and now enter as bonafide buyers into a tight free-agent market made tougher by the more restrictive 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Business-wise, Dumars and staff twisted a lot of things favorably for the Pistons this summer, even if the timing doesn't necessarily favor them.

It came at some cost. Moving Tayshaun Prince's long-term contract and Austin Daye's expiring one for Jose Calderon's expiring contract this year, and dumping Ben Gordon's contract in a deal which will cost the Pistons a future first-round draft pick (top-eight protected next year) weren't directed at winning now.

They were directed at building a team this summer that could win next year.

Dumars built an NBA champion here and some of the Pistons' five-year downtick during the ownership upheaval and its aftermath was beyond his control.

This summer is the time he designed to regain control, the foundation for every major move since the hasty construction of the post-lockout 2011-12 roster.