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Pistons promote Pat Garrity to associate GM

Pistons promote three in management as front office takes shape

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The Detroit Pistons have named Pat Garrity associate general manager, Adam Glessner the director of player personnel and J.R. Holden director of international scouting. The moves were necessitated when the team lost assistant GM Ken Catanella to the Sacramento Kings in the offseason.

“We are pleased to complete our basketball operations staff for the upcoming season and look forward to the contributions of those who have been promoted and those who join our organization,” said General Manager Jeff Bower in a statement. “Pat Garrity, Adam Glessner and J.R. Holden have been a major part of our staff over the last three seasons and their promotion to senior leadership positions is a natural progression. Their effectiveness and unique skill sets will allow our basketball operations staff to evolve seamlessly moving forward.”

Garrity has spent the past two seasons as director of strategic planning and assistant gm with the Pistons. He also played 10 years in the NBA including his final one under head coach Stan Van Gundy in Orlando.

After his playing career, Garrity got an MBA in investment finance and took a position with a hedge fund.

Holden has also been a scout with the Pistons since Van Gundy took over the organization. He played college ball at Bucknell and spent more than a decade as one of the most successful international players, winning a dozen championships with CSKA Moscow.

Glessner, also a scout with Detroit for three years will be the director of player personnel. He spent five years as a video coordinator and analyst with Van Gundy’s Orlando Magic.

The team also announced the following restructuring:

Additional basketball staff promotions include Jorge Costa to director of research and technology, Aaron Gray to assistant coach, Ryan Winters to scout, Jordan Sabourin to head strength coach, T.J. Saint to head video coordinator and Jordan Brink to assistant video coordinator.

New hires joining the Pistons staff include Aaron Blackshear as analytics systems coordinator and Louis Thompson as assistant strength and conditioning coach. Quentin Richardson transitions to a pro scout after serving the last two years as director of player development.

Staff additions to the Grand Rapids Drive, the Pistons NBA D-League affiliate, include Courtney Havens-Mitchell as head athletic trainer and Evarist Akujobi as strength and conditioning coach.