The Detroit Pistons have hired Pat Garrity, a 10-year NBA player, as the new director of Strategic Planning, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Garrity spent the final nine season of his career in Orlando, including his final one under Stan Van Gundy in 2008. Van Gundy is now head coach and president of basketball operations with the Pistons. The longtime NBA vet must have made quite an impression as Van Gundy brings him into the fold of the Pistons' expanded front office.
While I'm not smart enough to know what the Director of Strategic Planning is, I'm pretty sure Garrity is. He is a graduate of Notre Dame and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also spent the bulk of his NBA playing days as a member of the Players Association Executive Committee, serving as secretary and treasurer from 2000-08.
Wojnarowski reports that since retiring six years ago Garrity has had a "successful post-playing career in the financial industry." So, yeah. He's smart.
While Garrity had a good, unremarkable career in the NBA (mostly due to recurring injuries), he has been involved in some rather remarkable trades in his time.
He was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1998 and was traded alongside Dirk Nowitzki to the Dallas Mavericks for former University of Michigan Wolverine Robert Traylor. Garrity was then traded to the Phoenix Suns as part of a larger trade that netted the Mavs Steve Nash and the Suns a pick that later became Shawn Marion. He was traded again, this time to the Magic, along with some draft picks for a busted up Anfernee Hardaway. Those two picks ended up being Jason Collins and Amar'e Stoudemire.