Pat Garrity will leave the Detroit Pistons organization as new general manager Troy Weaver begins to reshape the front office, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Garrity, who got his MBA following his playing career, was one of the only people kept on when former coach/GM Stan Van Gundy was fired. Garrity was a well-regarded executive with an understanding of finances and the salary cap. To be clear, Garrity was not fired. However, his contract is expiring and with a new GM in place, it’s no surprise to see Garrity move on from Detroit.
Months ago, it was reported that Garrity was a strong candidate to replace Michele Roberts as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. With the outbreak of the coronavirus, the NBPA decided to suspend its search for a successor to Roberts, who agreed to say on during the pandemic and its fallout. Garrity had also previously interviewed for vacant GM openings in the league.
Garrity’s departure means that Weaver could look to add up to three executives to refill the Pistons front office ranks. Previously, assistant GM Malik Rose left the organization to take a job with the NBA league office and Sachin Gupta left to take a job with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The remaining members of the executive ranks in the Pistons front office are senior adviser Ed Stefanski and vice chairman Arn Tellem serving above Weaver as the right and left hand of owner Tom Gores. Below Weaver there is Andrew Loomis, the team’s chief of staff and also a holdover from the Van Gundy era, and Gregg Polinksy who serves as the director of player personnel.
The more these positions open up the more likely Tayshaun Prince, a young, rising executive with the Memphis Grizzlies, and Chauncey Billups rejoin the organization right? Right?
There is no indication who Weaver might turn to actually fill some of these vacancies, but I’d keep an eye out for folks who have had a relationship with him previously with the Oklahoma City Thunder.