By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Detroit Pistons have hired Troy Weaver as their new general manager on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He has reportedly agreed to a four-year agreement.
The Pistons have not confirmed the news yet at the time of publication.
“I’m excited for the challenge of building this team into a consistent winner and assembling the pieces to compete at a very high level,” Weaver said in a statement.
He is now the ninth Black GM in the league, according to Wojnarowski. He will now work with Ed Stefanski, who is the team’s Senior Advisor to Owner Tom Gores.
Stefanski has more than 20 years experience working for NBA teams throughout his career. In his previous jobs, he had titles such as Vice President of Player Personnel, General Manager, and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.
Weaver is now the fourth former Oklahoma City Thunder employee, who has went on to become a GM in the NBA over the last decade. Rich Cho, Rob Hennigan, Michael Winger, and Weaver all worked under Sam Presti before departing for a larger role.
Weaver spent 12 seasons with the Thunder. He last served as the team’s Vice President of Basketball Operations.
During his tenure with the Thunder, Weaver was instrumental, according to Wojnarowski, in the franchise drafting Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Serge Ibaka.
Before joining the Thunder, he was the Director of Player Personnel for the Utah Jazz. He also spent three seasons as a head scout for the team before receiving the Player Personnel promotion.
Prior to being hired by the Jazz, he spent time as an assistant coach with the Syracuse Orange. He was an assistant when the Orange won the national champion during the 2002-03 season.
He was also instrumental in recruiting Carmelo Anthony.
Weaver also spent time as an assistant coach with the New Mexico Lobos and the Pittsburgh Panthers.
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