Two former NBA stars – candidates for GM position in Detroit Pistons

grant-hill-kiki-vandewegheThe Detroit Pistons plan to conduct a comprehensive search to replace Joe Dumars in the front office. Dumars has just recently announced that he’s stepping down from the position, to devote more time to his family.

Joe Dumars resigned as president of basketball operations, but will remain an advisor to the team and the ownership team, led by owner Tom Gores.

Several names are on the Pistons’ radar, a person familiar with details told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Among these names is former NBA All-Star Kiki Vandeweghe. He’s currently NBA senior vice president of basketball operations.

Vandeweghe’s playing career spanned 13 years, with the Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, and Clippers, during which he averaged 19.7 points with a 52.5% field goal average, 87.2% free throw average, made two All-Star appearances, and helped his teams to the postseason 12 times.

Vandeweghe played for the Blazers from 1984-1989, leading the team in scoring for three straight seasons. He averaged career high 29.4 ppg for Denver Nuggets during the 1983-84 season. In total, he played in 810 NBA games (starting 528).

ESPN reported earlier this week that Grant Hill, a former Pistons star now working for Turner Sports, is also a possibility, and the Pistons may also look into an arrangement similar to the one Doc Rivers has with the Los Angeles Clippers (Rivers is both coach and senior vice president of basketball operations).

Pistons said the team has developed a preliminary list of candidates that includes “the best executives in the business.”


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