Jeff Bower Rumors
Team president-coach Stan Van Gundy has completely overturned the roster (only Drummond and Caldwell-Pope remain from May 2014). Did you expect the quick turnaround? Gores: “He’s done a great job. First of all, he’s brought the organization together. He hired (general manager) Jeff Bower. A lot of people questioned Stan coming, in terms of could he really be a president and a coach. And I’ve seen him be a president and a coach, but also a leader and an executive that really understands how to run a business. He’s running the business of basketball. He’s done an excellent job. During the season, it’s a very hard job, but his partner, Jeff Bower, really keeps him informed. He knows what Stan wants. He doesn’t have to call Stan and figure out what he wants so they’re very in sync.
The first pick of the Stan Van Gundy era will now attempt to salvage his career with the Chicago Bulls. The Pistons today announced the trade of 2014 second-round pick Spencer Dinwiddie for Bulls big man Cameron Bairstow. Pistons general manager Jeff Bower said the move represents a change of scenery for Dinwiddie. “The biggest thing was giving Spencer an opportunity in another situation that could benefit him long-term,’’ Bower said.
Detroit Pistons Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy announced today that the team has signed general manager Jeff Bower to a contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the job Jeff has done for our organization,” said Van Gundy. “He’s been at the forefront of all the moves we’ve made over the last two seasons and has implemented much of the strategy and structure throughout our basketball operations department. The confidence I have in his ability allows me to go out and coach during the season knowing that he’s always looking to make our team better.”
Pistons Owner Tom Gores praised Bower’s work shaping the roster and contributing to a cohesive leadership team. “Jeff has been a key link for Stan and me and the whole organization to accomplish many things in a very short period of time,” said Gores. “His ingenuity, along with having a deep understanding of Stan’s basketball vision, has very quickly helped us toward our goal of long term sustained success. He deserves a lot of the credit for getting us to the playoffs and assembling a cohesive, young team that will continue to grow.”
Vincent Ellis: To confirm earlier @WojVerticalNBA report, #Pistons GM Jeff Bower gets 1-year extension. Under contract until June 30, 2018.
Detroit Pistons general manager Jeff Bower has reached agreement on a multiyear contract extension, league sources told The Vertical. Bower, who works under president and coach Stan Van Gundy, was entering the final season of his original three-year deal, league sources said. Van Gundy signed a five-year, $35 million contract in 2014.
With the Pistons, Stan Van Gundy wears the dual role of coach and team president, with Jeff Bower as his No. 2 with the general manager title. Catanella was one of three assistant general managers under Bower with the Pistons. But Catanella said he will take what he has learned over the decade spent working with the Nets, the NBA and the Pistons. “There’s definitely more than one way to skin a cat in the NBA, there’s no one way to win in terms of how you set up your front office, but clearly I’m going to take a lot from what I learned with Jeff and Stan,” Catanella said. “Their process-oriented approach, their family approach as far as including all the scouts and staff members and family members. You feel very much part of a family.”