Pistons news: Detroit finalizing deal to make Troy Weaver new general manager
The Detroit Pistons are finalizing a deal with Troy Weaver to make him their new general manager, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Weaver has been the Vice President of Basketball Operations with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Weaver had a key role in Oklahoma City’s strong history of player personnel decisions, which made him one of the favorites from the start of this search. Weaver is now the fourth executive under team president Sam Presti to leave for a GM job, including other notables like Rich Cho, Rob Hennigan, and Michael Winger.
Weaver will become the ninth current black general manager in the NBA and will work hand in hand with Senior Advisor Ed Stefanski atop the Pistons brass.
His road to a GM job is noteworthy, coming up from a high-profile AAU program to become an assistant for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse, helping him and Carmelo Anthony reach a national title in 2003.
That led the way for Weaver to become an NBA scout for the Utah Jazz from 2004-07. His experience as a talent evaluator eventually landed him the job with the Thunder organization, joining in 2008 as a roster development specialist, also aiding Presti with day-to-day basketball operations.
The Pistons had long been without a general manager and this hire should help them eye strong draft candidates as well as manage personnel after losing franchise center Andre Drummond at the trade deadline this season.
Weaver played a key role in talent acquisition during his 12-year tenure with the Thunder, including drafting Russell Westbrook fourth overall during his first year with the team.