The Detroit Pistons are looking to hire a new general manager, and it looks like current assistant GM Malik Rose will not be a candidate as reports surface he is leaving the Pistons organization to take a job within the NBA.
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News was the first to report the news. “Detroit assistant GM Malik Rose is leaving the organization to take a job with the NBA, according to multiple sources. The Pistons are searching for a new GM to work with Ed Stefanski,” Bondy tweeted.
Detroit assistant GM Malik Rose is leaving the organization to take a job with the NBA, according to multiple sources. The Pistons are searching for a new GM to work with Ed Stefanski.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) June 1, 2020
The news of the GM search seemed slightly curious at the time as the thinking was originally that Rose was hired as the heir apparent in Detroit once Stefanski, who serves as a senior adviser to Tom Gores and runs the Pistons front office, was ready to step away or take a reduced role.
The GM search indicated Rose was either not the man for the job in Detroit’s eyes or that he was not interested in sticking with the Pistons organization long-term.
Rose is the second significant front-office addition the Pistons have lost since Stefanski took over and tried to rebuild the executive team following Stan Van Gundy’s dismissal.
Detroit previously lost assistant GM Sachin Gupta, an analytics and data specialist, to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Stefanski is reportedly looking to hire a new permanent GM for the Pistons to work under him and executive Arn Tellem. The loss of Rose and the previous loss of Gupta means the new GM would be expected to refill the executive ranks, hopefully in their own image.
It’s unclear if Stefanski, whose contract is up in 2021 is looking to leave the organization or simply wants to take the advisory role his title indicates.
Rose’s hiring was lauded after years spent with the San Antonio Spurs and the Atlanta Hawks, two organizations that pride themselves on player development. Honestly, from an outside perspective he didn’t leave much of a visible mark in his couple years in Detroit.
The Detroit Bad Boys podcast breaks down the list of GM candidates in Detroit in its latest episode, and you can now safely cross Rose off your list.