The Pistons have made some progress in determining the next stage of their front office and coaching staff. Amid mostly silence about the two vacancies after they parted ways with Stan Van Gundy two weeks ago, the Pistons finally made a move Thursday.
The Pistons announced the hiring of Ed Stefanski as a senior adviser, reporting to team owner Tom Gores. Stefanski, 64, will assist in the search for a new head of the front office and head coach, the two positions Van Gundy held in his four years with the team.
Stefanski was hired for a three-year deal, and his arrival means they likely will not have a team president, but mostly will lean on a general manager and look to make tweaks to the existing front office. He will evaluate the current staff and “act as a long-term strategic adviser to Mr. Gores and the Pistons’ ownership team,” Gores said in the team statement.
As they continue their search for a new head coach, the Pistons likely will focus on former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, with former Piston Jerry Stackhouse and Spurs assistant Becky Hammon among others being considered.
Current general manager Jeff Bower has been in charge of the front office since Van Gundy left. He led the Pistons’ contingent last week in Chicago at the draft combine and has handled the day-to-day operations since he joined the staff with Van Gundy four years ago.
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