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Stan Van Gundy lured a familiar face from Orlando, snagging former Magic director of college scouting Brian Wright to be his assistant GM in Detroit.

Gregory Shamus

Pistons team president and head coach Stan Van Gundy continues to build his front office, adding former Orlando Magic executive Brian Wright to be his assistant general manager under Jeff Bower. Wright's NBA career started as an intern with the Magic in 2006 when Stan Van Gundy was still head coach, eventually rising the ranks until his promotion to director of college scouting last season.

For a list of Wright's previous duties with the Magic, let's turn to his LinkedIn profile:

  • Coordinate all of the NBA Draft preperation as it relates to Collegiate and International Scouting.

  • Responsible for managing the scouting database as well as the video editing and sharing software for collegiate and international players.

  • Conduct regional collegiate and minor league scouting in the Southeast.

  • Responsible for maintaining and updating collegiate and NBA personnel reports and boards.

  • Responsible for all of the video editing as it relates to the draft for both college and international players.

  • Responsible for the credentialing, travel, and scheduling of team's collegiate scouts.

  • Responsible for Free Agent research.

  • Coordinate the fielding of our summer league team thru corespondence with agents and the Director of Player Personnel.

I'd be lying if I said I'd heard of Wright before today, but he's apparently well-liked in NBA circles:

The Pistons' complete press release announcing the move is below:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Detroit Pistons Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy announced today that the team has named Brian Wright as assistant general manager.

"I’m pleased to welcome Brian Wright to the Detroit Pistons," said Van Gundy. "Brian understands our vision and what we are trying to accomplish as a front office staff. He has a sharp basketball mind and will be an asset for our organization."

Wright joins the Pistons after eight seasons with the Orlando Magic. He served as the Director of College Scouting last season, overseeing and managing all aspects of the college scouting department and executing preparations the NBA Draft. He was also responsible for overseeing the player development department.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to come to Detroit and begin working with the staff," Wright said. "I firmly believe in the basketball vision that Stan (Van Gundy) and Jeff (Bower) have outlined for the organization and look forward to being a part of that process."

Wright began his career with the Magic as a summer intern in 2006 and was hired as the scouting coordinator prior to the 2006-07 season. He also served as scouting manager and spent the 2012-13 season as the team scouting/player development manager.

Wright attended graduate school at the University of Central Florida, earning an MBA and Master’s in sports business management from the DeVos Sports Business Management Program. Prior to his time at UCF, he was an undergraduate student-athlete playing basketball at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA.