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Report: Pistons not making Arn Tellem president of basketball operations

Arn Tellem

Detroit Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem is seen during a news conference, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Detroit. Flagstar Bank was announced as a corporate sponsor of the team’s jersey. Detroit becomes the tenth NBA team to announce a jersey partner. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Even before the Pistons fired Stan Van Gundy as president and coach, speculation centered on Arn Tellem as his successor in the front office. The former agent is already working for the Pistons as Vice Chairman, and he completed his main responsibility of overseeing the team’s move into a new downtown arena.

But don’t expect Tellem to replace Van Gundy.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Arn Tellem, who has been on the business side, may have a greater hand overseeing the basketball side now. But he will not be the president of basketball operations, I’m told.

It’s common for teams to hire the opposite of the person they just fired. Van Gundy had no front-office experience prior to Detroit. Now, the Pistons want someone with it

Among those available who’ve run a front office: David Griffin, Sam Hinkie, Rich Cho, John Hammond, Danny Ferry, Billy King, Glen Grunwald and Donnie Walsh.

Ideally, Pistons owner Tom Gores (probably aided by Tellem) will pick a general manager then let that person choose Van Gundy’s replacement as coach.