Detroit hired Jed Hughes, a representative of national search firm Korn Ferry, to assist in the Pistons’ GM search. Hughes’ services were retained for the same reasons last summer by the Toronto Raptors, eventually leading to the hiring of general manager Masai Ujiri.
Filling the GM position with the right guy is more important to the franchise than making a hire before the artificial deadline of the NBA draft (June 26) and the start of free agency (July 1).
Pistons assistant GM George David and Director of basketball operations Ken Catanella will head Detroit’s draft process until a hire is made.
As for the candidates, there are many names that have been mentioned but the team is yet to schedule any interviews.
Here are some names that have been connected to the job:
Detroit Free Press rumors (courtesy of Vince Ellis)
Current Pistons executives George David and Ken Catanella
Bryan Colangelo, former Raptors GM
Michael Zarren, Boston Celtics assistant GM
Travis Schlenk, Golden State Warriors assistant GM
Scott Perry, Orlando Magic assistant GM (former Pistons executive)
Former Pistons players
MLive rumors (courtesy of David Mayo)
David Morway, former Indiana Pacers GM
Gersson Rosas, Houston Rockets executive vice president
Gary Sacks, Los Angeles Clippers GM
Troy Weaver, Oklahoma City Thunder assistant GM/vice president
Jeff Weltman, Raptors executive vice president
Michael Winger, OKC Thunder assistant GM/legal & administration
Detroit is clearly in the early stages of their GM search and many names will continue to surface as possible replacements for Dumars.
Whoever lands the job will have to do some roster reshaping along with bringing in a new head coach.
The roster concerns begin with the expiring contracts of Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey and include the inability of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings to consistently coexist, in terms of winning and individual production.
Whether the position is filled or not, the NBA draft lottery will be held on May 20. The Pistons have the eighth-best odds at receiving the first overall pick (3.5%).
There’s much to be done before having any realistic idea of how Detroit will address the draft, but that won’t slow down the production of mock drafts.
Timothy Rapp of Bleacher Report has Detroit selecting small forward Doug McDermott from Creighton and Draft Express has the Pistons taking Arizona power forward Aaron Gordon in the first round then Florida big-man Patric Young in the second.