Pistons Hiring J.R. Holden In Front Office Role

The Nets are about to lose another key executive, according to Jake Fischer and Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, who report (via Twitter) that Brooklyn’s director of player personnel J.R. Holden will leave the organization to take a front office job with the Pistons.

Sean Marks already lost one top lieutenant in March when the Hornets hired Jeff Peterson (an assistant GM in Brooklyn) as their new head of basketball operations. Holden will be joining new president of basketball operations Trajan Langdon in Detroit.

Although Langdon and Holden both worked under Marks in Brooklyn, they didn’t overlap at all during their stints with the franchise. Langdon left the Nets in 2019 to become the Pelicans’ general manager. Later in that same summer, Holden was hired away from the Sixers by the Nets, who made him their director of player personnel.

However, Langdon and Holden were teammates with CSKA Moscow during their playing careers. A former standout at Bucknell, Holden played professionally overseas from 1998-2011, competing in Latvia, Belgium, Greece, and Russia. He and Langdon won a pair of EuroLeague championships with CSKA in 2006 and 2008, and both men were named to the EuroLeague’s All-Decade team for the 2000s.

Following his playing career, Holden transitioned into scouting, working for Detroit and Philadelphia before being hired by the Nets in 2019. The Pistons reportedly had interest in bringing him back in an executive role in 2020, but nothing came of that interest at the time — four years later, it appears a reunion is imminent.

Fischer and Goodwill don’t specify what Holden’s title will be with the Pistons, so it’s unclear whether he’ll be Langdon’s second-in-command or if another executive will be brought in for that position. Previous reporting stated that Detroit was eyeing Pelicans VP of basketball administration Michael Blackstone as a possible No. 2 to Langdon.

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