Blake Griffin's future in Detroit is among the big decisions awaiting new Pistons GM Troy Weaver. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons‘ long pursuit of Troy Weaver finally paid off Thursday when he was hired to be the team’s new general manager, according to Rod Beard of The Detroit News

A league source tells Beard that Detroit had strong interest in Weaver when team president/coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Jeff Bower were dismissed two years ago, but the Thunder wouldn’t grant permission for a Weaver interview.

Weaver, 52, spent more than a decade in the Oklahoma City front office and was instrumental in building a team that reached the NBA Finals. He was an advocate for drafting guard Russell Westbrook with the fourth pick in 2008, even though he wasn’t projected that high. 

Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem previously worked with Wasserman Media Group, which represented Westbrook.

“We’re rebuilding our roster and Troy brings a tremendous amount of experience. He’s one of those guys who has a knack for talent,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said in an NBA-TV interview. “A lot of the growth and building they did in Oklahoma City Thunder, he was a big part of that. … The next couple of years of developing our roster is a key time in our organization.”

There’s more to report from Detroit:

  • In addition to Tellem and Casey, Weaver spoke with senior adviser Ed Stefanski, owner Tom Gores and the Pistons’ assistant general managers during the interview process so the organization could get a “fully rounded view,” according to James L. Edwards III of The Athletic. Weaver will be given free rein to hire more assistant GMs and support staff. Sources tell Edwards that Nets assistant GM Jeff Peterson and Clippers assistant GM Mark Hughes were both impressive in their interviews and received serious consideration for the job.
  • Re-signing power forward Christian Wood should be Weaver’s top priority, says Ansar Khan of MLive. Wood will be an unrestricted free agent after a breakout performance over the last month of this season, but faces a market limited by financial uncertainty and a shortage of teams with cap space. Detroit owns Wood’s early Bird rights and can start his new deal at a little more than the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, which is expected to be about $9.7M. The Celtics and Rockets expressed interest in Wood at the trade deadline, Khan adds.
  • Weaver also faces an important decision on power forward Blake Griffin, who still has two years and approximately $75.6M left on his contract, writes Omari Sankofa II of The Detroit News. Griffin was limited to 18 games this season because of a knee injury and at age 31 he doesn’t fit the team’s rebuilding timeline. Sankofa notes that Weaver was part of two franchise-altering trades last summer involving Paul George and Westbrook.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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