It looks like the Pistons have their new General Manager to replace Joe Dumars and work alongside Stan Van Gundy. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Van Gundy will welcome in former New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower to fill the open position with the Pistons.
Stan Van Gundy’s making his first major front office hire, finalizing agreement with Jeff Bower to become Detroit’s GM, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 2, 2014
Bower took over the Hornets as the franchise battled the troubles and effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was the head man in the front office through the 2009-10 season.
The Hornets only had three winning seasons in his tenure with New Orleans.
According to various reports, Bower beat out the likes of Stu Jackson, Otis Smith, and Scott Layden. Jackson and Smith both have a past history with Stan Van Gundy.
Bower comes to Detroit after serving 15 years in the Charlotte/New Orleans franchise. He most recently was the head coach of Marist, who went 12-19 last season.
Bower also spent time in the Hornets organization as a scout, assistant, and was also named interim head coach of the Hornets after the firing of Byron Scott during the 2009-10 season.
Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower have a basketball relationship that stems back to the 1980’s when both were college assistants.
Bower’s time as General Manager for New Orleans was full of obstacles. During his first year, he was part of a major overhaul to move the team to Oklahoma City because of the damage of Hurricane Katrina.
He also battled with ownership on making transactions.