The Detroit Pistons rounded out their basketball operations ranks under new general manager Troy Weaver with the formal announcement of five additions to the staff.
Britta Brown, former Eastern Michigan University assistant athletic director, will oversee team operations, logisitics and day-to-day- management of the department, according to the team.
Ryan West and Harold Ellis are the team’s new pro personnel evaluators. West, the son of Jerry West, spent more than a decade in scouting with the Los Angeles Lakers including as the director of player personnel. Ellis previously served as an assistant coach and scout for the Pistons and since 2012 served as director of pro scouting with the Magic and director of player personnel with the Knicks.
Tony Leotti is the team’s new senior director of strategy and systems. His responsibilities include salary cap oversight and overall strategy, so he seems to be filling the void left by Pat Garrity. Garrity was one of the lone holdovers of the Stan Van Gundy front office regime but recently left the organization.
Leotti spent four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and prior to that held a position at the NBA main office advising team and league personnel on transactions and how to interpret the collective bargaining agreement.
Michael Lindo is the new director of player and family engagement. His role includes assisting players and their families off the court, and prior to joining the Pistons he worked as a marketing exec with Under Armour.
The Pistons also announced five promotions within the organization. Gregg Polinsky is senior director of player personnel, Bernard Condevaux is senior director of medical and performance, Dan Rosenbaum is senior director of analytics, Eric Tellem, Arn’s son, is director of pro scouting and Jhonika Hawkins is director of executive operations.
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