Pistons Notes: Gores, Weaver, Patton, Mykhailiuk

Pistons owner Tom Gores is confident that new general manager Troy Weaver is the right choice to work with coach Dwane Casey, writes Rod Beard of The Detroit News. Ed Stefanski has been running the front office while Detroit has been without a GM for the past two years, and Gores envisions them all operating together.

“There’ll be a nice divide-and-conquer coming in and again that’s why I trust Troy to come in as someone smart enough to leverage resources,” Gores said. “At a high level, we’ll work all this out in the detail. Really, Troy and Ed and Dwane will work on a day-to-day basis with each other, and Troy will have normal — and even higher than normal — GM responsibilities and he’s got a lot to learn. He’s going to get on the ground and know each player well and connect with (Casey) and so on and then as it bubbles up to ownership, (vice chairman) Arn (Tellem) and I — if there’s big decisions that need to be made — we’ll all gather.”

The management team will face two chances to set the direction for the future this fall with the draft, where the Pistons have a shot at a high lottery pick, and free agency, where the team could have as much as $30MM in cap space.

There’s more from Detroit:

  • Weaver made his first move with the Pistons this week, signing former first-round pick Justin Patton to a deal that’s non-guaranteed for next season. Weaver also took a chance on Patton last summer when he was in the Thunder’s front office, points out Omar Sankofa II of The Detroit Free Press. Injuries have limited Patton to just nine NBA games, but he remains an intriguing center prospect at age 23.
  • The Pistons used about half of their remaining non-taxpayer mid-level exception to sign Patton, tweets John Hollinger of The Athletic. That means they can offer a similar contract to another player before the NBA’s transaction window closes Tuesday night, if they so choose.
  • Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk developed into an important offensive weapon after moving into the starting lineup and appears to be part of the rebuilding process, writes Lauren Williams of MLive“Physically, right away you can see the things that he brings to the table, but I think he grew this year and sort of his mental approach, and also just his confidence that he can impact the game in more ways than just shooting,” Blake Griffin said. “I think next year will be a big year for him. He’s put in a lot of work and I feel like he’s taking that step.”
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6 thoughts on “Pistons Notes: Gores, Weaver, Patton, Mykhailiuk

  1. Brandon Sans

    I think Troy Weaver can be a terrific head executive in the league. However, historically hiring a new guy and keep the old guy usually doesn’t work out.

    (I know Stefanski never had the title, but doing the job for two years is more than your regular “interim”)

  2. Sillivan

    Should Pistons trade up to get Warriors pick if Warriors get top 2 pick and Pistons stay at 5?

    • Tokyo Tom

      I think it depends on what the Pistons are giving up.But getting Edwards or Lamelo will be a big improvement for them.Man,I
      can’t wait for the draft.

  3. dodgersvictoryagain

    Lakers blew it by trading Sy. Would of been a Nice piece for them

  4. tomjoadsghost

    There’s alot of work to do in Detroit. Wish them well, NBA is better when Pistons are relevant. Gotta try to trade walking disabled list BG.

  5. Sillivan

    My educational guess

    Spurs will completely tank two straight years

    I hope they can get a #1 overall pick and a top 3 pick

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