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April 18, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons plan to conduct a comprehensive search to replace Joe Dumars in the front office, a job that is coveted around the league. Several names are on the Pistons' radar, a person familiar with details told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The latest names to surface are: Cleveland Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin, Boston Celtics assistant GM and team counsel Mike Zarren and NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe. USA Today Sports

March 30, 2014 Updates

But four years ago, the Celtics were the first team to have them installed for testing and development after Mike Zarren, the team’s assistant general manager and legal counsel, helped arrange a partnership with Stats that essentially made them guinea pigs. SportVU had its share of kinks, but it still represented the boldest step yet in the analytics movement that had swept through basketball in recent years. “Zarren, he came to me and he said, ‘These are all the things we can do,’ ” said Rivers, who now coaches the Los Angeles Clippers. “I said, ‘But I don’t know what any of that means. You’re telling me that Rondo moves 10 miles per hour? I don’t know what the [expletive] that does.’ ” Boston Globe

Rondo has savant-like math skills and a well-documented interest in advanced statistics. But he has his doubts about SportVU. “I don’t think it means anything,” Rondo said. “It doesn’t determine how hard you play. It can’t measure your heart. It can maybe measure your endurance. But when the game is on the line, all that goes out the window.” Rivers, on the other hand, considers himself a proponent. “There’s a really good use for it,” Rivers said. “There’s a use for us, each team, depending on how they play and how they defend. You can find out stuff.” Boston Globe

February 10, 2014 Updates

Michael Zarren, the Celtics assistant general manager and team counsel, whose alternative draft system is being considered by the NBA, has caught the attention of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban, however, disagrees with one aspect of the proposal, which gives every team a predetermined spot atop the draft every 30 years. “I would tweak (the draft),” he said. “I know Mike Zarren came up with the wheel, and I didn’t like the idea because if you’re in the wrong spot in your life cycle and all of a sudden when you don’t need the draft pick you get the draft pick, and then when you need it you’re 30 years away, that’s tough. Yeah, you can plan for it, but the law of unintended consequences could mean that teams just don’t ever have a shot for a long time.” Boston Herald

January 9, 2014 Updates
November 2, 2013 Updates

You said that there was a core group of teams that were already ahead of the game on this initiative. Do you know what the lag was for the rest of the league being readily able to adopt it? Adam Silver: I think it was, maybe, a little bit on the expense side for some teams. Where, because they were busy also trying to make a business out of their team and weren’t able to spend as freely. But I think there were some philosophical differences among some teams. I think it was no different than the way ‘Billy Ball’ evolved in Major League Baseball that certain GMs and certain coaches were early adopters. Obviously [Celtics Assistant GM] Mike Zarren here in Boston, Darryl Morey who comes from Boston and is taking his technique to Houston. But I think also, it spread, seemingly to me, more quickly through this league maybe than other leagues. CLNS Radio

May 17, 2013 Updates

Celtic assistant general manager and team counsel Mike Zarren turned down an offer to become the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, two league sources told the Herald yesterday. The job eventually went to Sam Hinkie. “I don’t know all the details, but I know there was strong interest in Mike from Philly,” said Ainge. “I don’t know why (he turned it down). You’ll have to ask him.” Boston Herald

May 10, 2013 Updates
September 14, 2012 Updates

Meanwhile, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation, one of the three candidates mentioned for the job - Boston assistant general manager Mike Zarren - has withdrawn his candidacy. The Sixers have also interviewed ESPN analyst and ex-Portland Trail Blazers assistant general manager Tom Penn, whom they have cooled on, according to a source, and former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower. Philadelphia Inquirer

August 30, 2012 Updates
August 23, 2012 Updates

Celtics assistant General Manager Ryan McDonough was in the running for the Orlando Magic GM job that ultimately went to Worcester native Rob Hennigan. Now comes Philadelphia. The 76ers have interest in Mike Zarren, a Celtics assistant GM who also doubles as Team Counsel. Ainge confirmed to CSNNE.com that the Sixers did ask for permission to speak with Zarren about the Sixers GM job. CSNNE.com

While Ainge wasn't sure where things stood with Zarren and the Philadelphia GM job currently held by Rod Thorn, he's not surprised that his top assistants are garnering interest from other franchises. "Ryan McDonough and Mike Zarren are both good candidates," Ainge said. "I knew both of those guys would get an opportunity someday, for sure." CSNNE.com

August 18, 2012 Updates

Boston Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren is a serious candidate for the Sixers general manager position, sources with knowledge of the search told SI.com. With incumbent Rod Thorn expected to transition to a consultant role once his replacement is found, the Sixers were reportedly deciding between former Portland assistant general manager and ESPN analyst Tom Penn and former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower. SI.com

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