2020 NBA Front Office Shakeup Tracker

Having created a space to track the NBA’s head coaching changes this year, we’re now doing the same for the teams shaking up their front offices.

The front office structure for an NBA franchise generally isn’t as cut-and-dried as a coaching staff. All 30 teams will enter the 2020/21 season employing a head coach and a staff of assistant coaches. But not every team will have an executive with the title of “president of basketball operations” or “executive VP of basketball operations” on its payroll. And while some general managers around the league have decision-making power within their organizations, that doesn’t apply to all of them.

Nonetheless, we’ll do our best to track this offseason’s front office changes in the space below, monitoring which executives have decision-making power in each new management group. Some of these searches could extend well into the summer or fall, so be sure to check back for the latest updates.

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Updated 9-17-20 (10:21am CT)


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Chicago Bulls

  • In:
    • Arturas Karnisovas, executive VP of basketball operations (story)
    • Marc Eversley, general manager (story)
    • J.J. Polk, assistant general manager (story)
    • Pat Connelly, VP of player personnel (story)
  • Out:
    • GM Gar Forman dismissed (story)
    • Executive VP of basketball operations John Paxson moved to advisory role (story)

Some combination of Paxson and/or Forman had been running the show in Chicago since Jerry Krause‘s departure in 2003, so when the Bulls overhauled their front office this spring, there was skepticism among fans that the duo known as GarPax would really be stripped of its power.

Paxson remained in the organization and may be involved in some basketball decisions, but Forman is gone, and by all accounts, the Bulls are prepared to give the reins to Karnisovas and his new right-hand man Eversley. One of their first orders of business will be making a decision on head coach Jim Boylen, who is very much on the hot seat.

Denver Nuggets

  • In:
    • Calvin Booth, general manager (story)
      • Note: Promoted from assistant GM
    • Tommy Balcetis, assistant GM (story)
      • Note: Promoted from VP of basketball strategy and analytics
  • Out:
    • General manager Arturas Karnisovas left for job with Bulls (story)

The Nuggets had to replace Karnisovas once he decided to take the top job in Chicago, but didn’t technically conduct a full-fledged search for his replacement, opting instead to stay in-house and promote Booth. He’ll be the new top lieutenant in Denver for president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.

Detroit Pistons

  • In:
    • Troy Weaver, general manager (story)
    • David Mincberg, assistant general manager (story)
    • Harold Ellis and Ryan West, scouting department (story)
  • Out:
    • Assistant GM Malik Rose left for job with NBA league office (story)
    • Assistant GM Pat Garrity left the organization (story)

Senior advisor Ed Stefanski has served as the Pistons’ de facto head of basketball operations for the last two years, but at the time of his hiring, he wasn’t necessarily viewed as someone who would hold that position for the next five or 10 years.

With its hiring of Weaver, Detroit has brought aboard a GM who will work with Stefanski and “run the basketball side of things,” according to team owner Tom Gores. While Stefanski, vice chairman Arn Tellem, and head coach Dwane Casey figure to be involved to some extent in basketball decisions, it sounds as if Weaver will take the lead on those matters.

It’s worth noting that the Pistons are expected to hire a couple new assistant GMs, so while their GM search is finished, their front office additions likely aren’t.

New York Knicks

  • In:
    • Leon Rose, president of basketball operations (story)
    • William Wesley, executive VP/senior basketball advisor (story)
    • Frank Zanin, assistant general manager – pro scouting (story)
    • Walt Perrin, assistant general manager – college scouting (story)
    • Brock Aller, VP of basketball and strategic planning (story)
  • Out:
    • President of basketball operations Steve Mills reassigned to MSG board (story)
    • Consultant David Blatt not retained (story)
    • VP of player development Craig Robinson not retained (story)
    • Director of player personnel Harold Ellis not retained (story)
  • Retained:
    • Scott Perry, general manager (story)

The Knicks made their changes in the winter, firing Mills during the first week of February and officially bringing Rose aboard less than a month later. Still, we’re including them here because the work they’ve done reshaping their front office has extended into the offseason, with the hiring of Zanin, Perrin, and Aller.

Following the Knicks’ surprising decision to extend Perry’s contract by one year, the next items on the docket include hiring a permanent head coach and deciding how to use their cap room once free agency begins.

Sacramento Kings

In:

  • Monte McNair, general manager (story)
  • Joe Dumars, chief strategy officer (story)

Out:

  • Vlade Divac, general manager (story)
  • Peja Stojakovic, assistant GM (story)

Although Divac’s departure was classified as him “stepping down” from his general manager position with the Kings, subsequent reporting suggested that team owner Vivek Ranadive wanted him to accept a reduced role, with Dumars taking on more power in Sacramento’s front office.

Dumars briefly took the reins as the Kings’ interim executive VP of basketball operations and general manager, and was involved in the search for a new permanent GM, but transitioned to a chief strategy officer position once Sacramento landed on Rockets assistant GM McNair as its new head of basketball operations.

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2 thoughts on “2020 NBA Front Office Shakeup Tracker

  1. nikumistry

    I don’t think it has been 100% confirmed but the Knicks aren’t expected to retain assistant GM Gerald Madkins. His contract with NY expires in August and is not expected to be back with the team next season. The same goes for pro player personnel director Harold Ellis.

    It’s also worth included Denver who replaced Karnisovas with Calvin Booth as their new GM.

    • Luke Adams

      Yeah, the Knicks’ decisions on those guys (plus Craig Robinson) haven’t been entirely confirmed yet, which is why I didn’t include them. Will likely add them to that group once we get a more definitive update.

      As for the Nuggets, it didn’t seem to me like much of a “search” or a “shake-up” to do an in-house promotion for the second-in-command executive, but semantics aside, I suppose it’s probably still worth noting. I’ll add them.

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