The NBA has named Malik Rose the league’s new head of basketball operations for the G League, announcing the news today in a press release.
A former NBA player who won a pair of championships with the Spurs, Rose transitioned to broadcasting following his retirement in 2009. In 2015, he joined the Hawks’ front office and was named the G League’s Executive of the Year in 2018 for his work with the Erie BayHawks, Atlanta’s then-affiliate.
Rose joined the Pistons as an assistant GM during the summer of 2018, then left the team two years later for a role in the league office as one of the NBA’s vice presidents of basketball operations. He was reportedly viewed as a possible candidate to succeed Michele Roberts as the NBPA’s next executive director, but will instead return to the G League.
In his new position, Rose will head up the NBAGL’s efforts to expand its talent pipeline and will focus on further integrating the basketball operations of the G League and NBA, according to today’s announcement. He’ll also oversee the G League Ignite, the league’s program for top prospects who choose to forgo a one-and-done year in college.
“We are thrilled to have Malik join the NBA G League as head of basketball operations,” G League commissioner Shareef Abdur-Rahim said in a statement. “With his success as a player at the highest levels of the game and extensive background as an executive in both the NBA and G League, Malik has the experience, vision and expertise to help accelerate our progress and further deepen the connection between the two leagues.”