Arn Tellem Rumors
“With the new arena in town,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would meet with Arn Tellem, vice-chairman of the Pistons, at the Cavaliers game Monday at Little Caesars Arena to discuss bringing an NBA All-Star Game to the city. “No new word, today,” Silver said of scheduling the game. “But, I’m meeting with Arn tonight, and I’m sure we’ll be talking about it.” The commissioner joined Cavaliers owner and Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert during a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club, which turned into 45 minutes of “The Dan and Adam Show.”
David Aldridge: Gores, advisor Ed Stefanski and vice chairman Arn Tellem impressed Casey that they’d back him long term while the team addresses the roster. It became a formidable group to turn down, per source.
Gores and chairman Arn Tellem are expected to try to hire an experienced league executive to oversee the front office. Tellem, a longtime agent in the NBA, will not become the president of basketball operations or general manager, but he could have an expanded role beyond the business side, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: It is unlikely that a potential Detroit-Barry partnership would be for the role of President of Basketball Operations, league sources tell ESPN. Tom Gores and Arn Tellem are expected to pursue an experienced front office executive to run basketball operations. twitter.com/ZachLowe_NBA/s…
The Pistons have missed the playoffs in three of Van Gundy’s four seasons as coach and president of basketball operations. He has one year remaining on his contract and there has been speculation that Gores will have vice chairman Arn Tellem take over the personnel role and ask Van Gundy to focus solely on coaching. Then it would become Van Gundy’s decision whether to remain with the organization.