The Pistons are beginning a search to hire a new general manager, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. According to Wojnarowski, the new GM will work with senior advisor Ed Stefanski, who has served as Detroit’s de facto head of basketball operations since joining the franchise two years ago.
As Woj explains, Stefanski and Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem will head up the GM search, with the team planning to start reaching out to potential candidates this week. The newly-hired executive will “work closely” with Stefanski and head coach Dwane Casey on personnel matters, Woj writes. It sounds as if Stefanski would still have the final say on basketball decisions.
ESPN’s report doesn’t identify any potential targets for Detroit. The last NBA team to hire a new general manager was the Bulls, who settled on Marc Eversley about a month ago, so it will be interesting to see whether the Pistons target any of the executives who interviewed with their division rivals in Chicago. Matt Lloyd (Magic), Mark Hughes (Clippers), and Michael Finley (Mavericks) were among those who received consideration from the Bulls before Eversley won out.
The Pistons’ new general manager will be tasked with helping to navigate a rebuilding process for the franchise, which traded longtime center Andre Drummond and waived veteran point guard Reggie Jackson in February.
Blake Griffin‘s massive contract remains on the team’s books, and Derrick Rose has one more year left on his deal, but Detroit figures to fill out its roster with plenty of young talent in 2020/21. Luke Kennard, Sekou Doumbouya, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Bruce Brown, and Khyri Thomas are all under contract beyond this season.