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Pistons add Brian Wright to Front Office

Stan Van Gundy has added another piece to his front office.

Former Orlando Magic director of college scouting Brian Wright has been hired as the team’s Assistant General Manger under current GM Jeff Bower.

Wright started his career as an intern for the Magic in 2006. Last season, he was in charge of the scouting department and putting together information from his staff for the NBA Draft.

Via a release from the Pistons organization, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy says he’s excited to add Wright to his staff.

“I’m pleased to welcome Brian Wright to the Detroit Pistons,” said Van Gundy. “Brian understands our vision and what we are trying to accomplish as a front office staff. He has a sharp basketball mind and will be an asset for our organization.”

Wright stayed with the Orlando Magic through the transition of coaching and general manager changes in 2012. After being named scouting/player development manager by Rob Hennigan, Wright worked his way up to the top of the college scouting department.

Wright shares the same sentiment of Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to come to Detroit and begin working with the staff,” Wright said. “I firmly believe in the basketball vision that Stan (Van Gundy) and Jeff (Bower) have outlined for the organization and look forward to being a part of that process.”

Beyond his duties as a college scout, Wright also served as the liaison between players and management the last two seasons as Orlando’s overseer of player development.

Wright was also given a lot of day-to-day personnel duties by Magic general manager Rob Hennigan.

The hiring of Wright comes one week after the Pistons organization announced that Assistant General Manager George David had resigned from his post after 17 years with the organization.

It’s interesting to see the Pistons hire such a young executive to work with Jeff Bower. Yet, it makes sense considering both Bower and Wright have strong scouting backgrounds.

The hiring should add some new thinking to the Pistons front office, which is always a good thing.

One thing you have to admire about Wright is his loyalty to the Magic. He built his career from the bottom there.

There’s no word on how much of Wright’s position will focus on future draft prospects or preparing for NBA draft every year.

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