Detroit Pistons have taken another big step in reshaping their franchise. The team announced on Thursday that they have hired Oklahoma City Thunder’s executive Troy Weaver as their new general manager.
According to reports, Weaver inked a four-year deal with the franchise. He will run Detroit’s basketball operations with Ed Stefanski, who previously handled the GM duties as part of his role as Special Advisor on the team.
“It’s an honor for me to join a franchise with the history and tradition of the Detroit Pistons,” said Weaver after his hiring was made public. “I’m excited for the challenge of building this team into a consistent winner and assembling the pieces to compete at a very high level. We’ll get to work right away, evaluating opportunities and installing systems that will make us all successful.”
Weaver will be tasked with leading the Pistons trough a challenging period in which the franchise looks to re-establish themselves as a contender in the Eastern Conference. The team underwent some major changes in recent years, starting with replacing long-time coach Steve Van Gundy with Dwayne Casey. Also, Detroit also decided to move on from one of the franchise cornerstones Andre Drummond, trading the All-Star center to Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this year.
Pistons finished the 2019/20 season with 20-46 record and will have a lottery pick in 2020 NBA Draft, which could easily fall into the top five.
Troy Weaver started his NBA executive career with Utah Jazz in 2004, where he served as a head scout and director of player personnel. In 2008, Weaver joined Oklahoma City Thunder and held several positions in the front office, including vice president of basketball operations and assistant to general manager Sam Presti.