Mark Hughes Rumors
Mark Hughes, the New York Knicks director of pro personnel, is a finalist and strong favorite for the Detroit Pistons’ assistant general manager opening, a league sources informed CSNNW.com. Hughes, 47, recently interviewed with Stan Van Gundy, the team’s head coach and president of basketball operations, and “made a good impression,” one source said, who each spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the process.
The Memphis Grizzlies’ search for a general manager-in-waiting to work with recently reappointed GM Chris Wallace has focused so far on Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks, Pacers vice president Peter Dinwiddie, Knicks director of pro personnel Mark Hughes and former Raptors and Knicks GM Glen Grunwald, league sources told CBSSports.com.
Mark Hughes: Another name that was on virtually every list was New York’s Mark Hughes. Hughes’ background is more on the coaching side too, having coached in the CBA for several years before landing with the Orlando Magic in 2002. Hughes has been a scout with Knicks for several years and currently carries the title of Director of Pro Personnel for the them. Hughes is extremely well liked and people that have worked with him say it’s simply a matter of time before he is running a NBA team.
Since Gilbert likes big names, you can expect Phil Jackson to enter the equation, although the Zen Master said no to Cleveland’s coaching job last summer. Pacers executive Donnie Walsh has a long history of small-market success and also executed a quick rebuild during his short time with the Knicks. The Cavs already have done some background checking on a current member of the Knicks’ front office, director of pro personnel Mark Hughes, league sources told CBSSports.com.
Mills added he doesn’t have immediate plans to add another body to the front office but will “restructure’’ some of the positions. Assistant GM Allan Houston, player personnel director Mark Warkentien and pro scouting directors John Gabriel and Mark Hughes work under Mills.