Update on Pistons GM search

From ESPN Rumors

Once the Detroit Pistons secured the services of Stan Van Gundy by giving him full control as team president and head coach, Otis Smith quickly became the presumptive Pistons general manager. That's because Smith was the GM when the pair still were with the Orlando Magic.

Smith may remain in the driver's seat for that job, but a couple of other men reportedly are in the mix as well.

"Stu Jackson, the NBA’s former executive vice president of basketball operations, will interview for the Detroit Pistons’ vacant general manger post, a league source informed," wrote Chris Haynes

"Those plugged in on the Detroit situation also believe Van Gundy will reach out to the Spurs assistant General Manager Scott Layden, if he hasn’t already done so. Otis Smith is still considered the favorite to land the Detroit role, we’re told.

Van Gundy doesn't appear to be in a hurry to make a decision on who will be the Pistons' next GM. He isn't expected to interview Jackson until shortly after the Memorial Day Weekend, though it certainly is possible a hire could be made soon after that.

From Me:

It's good to see the spurs mentioned in any potential hire although I will admit I don't know much about Scott Layden. Here's his profile from the Spurs website.

In his first season with the Spurs as assistant general manager … brings over 30 years of experience in the NBA to the Spurs front office … spent the past seven seasons with the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach, his second stint with the Jazz … began his professional career in basketball in 1980 serving as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University, before making the move to the NBA as an administrative assistant and scout with the Jazz in 1981 … in February of 1982 he was elevated to assistant coach, where he remained until being named the Jazz’s director of player personnel in 1989 … was named director of basketball operations in 1992, before being promoted to vice president in September of 1996 … from 1992 through 1999, was primarily responsible for all player personnel, draft and trade decisions … the Jazz recorded five straight 50+ win seasons (including three 60+ win campaigns), two Midwest Division titles (1996-97 and 1997-98) and back-to-back Western Conference Championships in 1997 and 1998 … was runner-up (to the Lakers’ Jerry West) for The Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year award in 1994-95, a season in which the Jazz went 60-22 … in the summer of 1999 was named general manager of the New York Knicks … a year and a half later, he was promoted to team president … in his four-plus seasons in New York, the Knicks made the playoffs twice, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000 … before re-joining the Jazz in 2005, worked with NBA TV for part of the 2003-04 and entirety of the 2004-05 NBA season … an upstate New York prep standout, went on to play collegiately for St. Francis University, where he was a four year letterman and captained the team in his senior year of 1979-80 … graduated with a degree in business management … has led camps in Israel in conjunction with PeacePlayers International, a program that uses basketball to teach children proven tactics for improving their communities … has also worked basketball camps for both the NBA and Adidas in China, Brazil and Europe … he and his wife, Marsha, have four daughters: Sarah, Hannah, Mary Frances and Emma Grace.

Stu Jackson would be an interesting hire as well. We've hired from the NBA front office in the past, most notably bringing in Ken Catanella, where he directed the NBA's salary cap and basketball analytics efforst.

So what's Stu's story? Rather then typing out his bio or doing another long quote I'll just attach the link here. A quick look and I could see why he is getting consideration. He was the chair of the Competition Committee, and he serves on FIBA’s Competition Commission, iHoops Board of Directors, and USAB’s Board of Directors. He's been a GM in the past and also a head coach (perhaps you remember his first year as the Knicks coach in 1990. They beat the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs and then lost to that one team, you know the one with those guys, er a boys... they were bad).

Just a small update.

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