Joe Dumars will remain with the Detroit Pistons in a lower capacity after he steps down as general manager, reports Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News (Twitter link). He will serve as an adviser while also being allowed to look for other opportunities according to the post. The 50-year-old Dumars has been with the Pistons as a player or executive since 1985. He took over the basketball operations back in 2000.
It is unsure at this point who Dumars would be advising. The Pistons had shot down rumors back in early March that Isiah Thomas would succeed his former backcourt mate as head of basketball operations for the team, but talk has persisted that Thomas is campaigning for that job. There has also been talk that the team may want to hire Chauncey Billups for the front-office, but the exact role hasn’t been revealed.
On Tuesday it was rumored that Dumars had told multiple people around the league that he intended to resign from his post. The parting between Dumars and the Pistons is no surprise, as rumors about his job security were circulating even before the team fired coach Maurice Cheeks in February.