Pistons Hire Former Thunder Exec Troy Weaver As General Manager

He has his work cut out for him in Detroit.

Will Burchfield
June 18, 2020 - 11:51 am
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For the first time in two years, the Pistons have a general manager.

The team has hired Troy Weaver, who most recently served as VP of basketball operations for the Thunder. 

Weaver, 52, is expected to work in tandem with senior advisor Ed Stefanski and head coach Dwane Casey on roster construction. Stefanski has been Detroit's acting GM since he arrived in 2018, following the dismissal of Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower. 

“It’s an honor for me to join a franchise with the history and tradition of the Detroit Pistons,” Weaver said in a press release. “I’m excited for the challenge of building this team into a consistent winner and assembling the pieces to compete at a very high level.  We’ll get to work right away, evaluating opportunities and installing systems that will make us all successful.”

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Weaver has his work cut out for him in Detroit. The Pistons are in the early stages of a substantial rebuild after chasing the playoffs for most of the last decade. One of his biggest early decisions will come in the draft, with Detroit potentially holding a top-three pick. 

“Troy is an outstanding executive with an exceptional track record for identifying and developing talent,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “In talking with Troy, he’s got both the skill and temperament to lead, and the confidence and creativity to work collaboratively with others. We’re excited for him to take the reins as General Manager of the Pistons at this important moment. Ed and the team have done excellent work creating flexibility with our roster and establishing a clear direction. Troy comes aboard to help take us to the next level.”

The Pistons are also searching for an assistant GM to work under Weaver after Malik Rose left the organization for a job in the NBA office. Tayshaun Prince is one of the reported candidates for that job. 

Weaver spent 12 years with the Thunder, during which time he also served as vice president and assistant general manager following a brief stint as director of player personnel for the Jazz.