Marc Stein: There also continues to be considerable trade interest in Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova, but Ilyasova can veto any trade as a One-Year Bird and to this point has shown little interest in relocating
May 24, 2018 | 10:36 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Detroit Pistons have hired Grizzlies executive Ed Stefanski as a senior advisor responsible for overhauling the franchise’s basketball operations, league sources told ESPN. Stefanski will assess the current front office, and oversee the process of hiring a GM and coach.
Stefanski, who will report to owner Tom Gores, has a three-year contract and will be tasked with overseeing the assemblage of a new Detroit front office and coordinating a head-coaching search in Detroit’s post-Stan Van Gundy era.
“I’m going to Detroit to meet with all the employees and I am going to listen to all their thoughts and visions,” Stefanski told ESPN. “And then I am going to give advice to our owner Tom Gores on how we are going to structure things going forward. The big thing right now, though, is that we need a head coach and a GM. Those will be two items that we will probably do simultaneously.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Ed Stefanski tells ESPN on priority with Pistons: “The big thing right now … is that we need a head coach and a GM. Those will be two items that we will probably do simultaneously.” Stefanski will meet with current GM Jeff Bower and discuss possible role. They have long history
The Pistons’ top target in the coaching search is former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, according to league sources. Stefanski, 64, is regarded as a well-connected and energetic executive — with a Wharton School of Business background.
The Pistons’ new front office, centered on Stefanski, will look closely at hiring a rising front-office executive in a general-manager-type role, league sources said. Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon met with Detroit officials to discuss such a high-level role and will remain a serious candidate, league sources said.
Adam Zagoria: Maryland’s Kevin Huerter also has workouts with the Lakers and Jazz before the May 30 deadline, per source. Villanova’s Omari Spellman has Lakers today and then Jazz.
In early 2001, Suns owner Jerry Colangelo approached then-commissioner David Stern at a meeting in New York with what he felt were urgent concerns for the league. The average score of an NBA game had dropped precipitously to its lowest point since 1955 (the 1998-99 lockout-shortened season excluded). The league was shooting 44.3 percent from the field, the lowest mark since 1969 (again, save 1998-99). “The game was getting very physical and bordering on truly ugly at times because of the amount of contact and banging,” Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says. “There was a need for change.”