May 24, 2024 - News

Pistons land Pelicans GM as new president

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New Orleans Pelicans GM Trajan Langdon will take over as the Pistons' president of basketball operations. Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty

The Pistons will hire New Orleans Pelicans GM Trajan Langdon as the team's president of basketball operations, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Why it matters: Major changes to organizational leadership could be on the horizon and the ball is in Langdon's court.

Between the lines: Despite Monty Williams' six-year, $76 million contract inked one season ago, owner Tom Gores is open to eating the cash if Langdon decides to bring change, according to The Athletic.

  • Same goes for general manager Troy Weaver, who has accumulated solid young pieces, but injuries and the lack of fit resulted in a franchise worst 14–68 record and an NBA record-tying 28-game losing streak.

What they're saying: "Presidents generally want their own people in place rather than sticking with the old regime," Free Press Pistons writer Omari Sankofa II tells Axios.

  • "Ownership is comfortable with the possibility of an entirely new front office and coaching staff being in place by October."

Catch up quick: The last person within the organization to hold the title of president of basketball operations was former head coach Stan Van Gundy.

  • Since 2018, Ed Stefanski and Weaver have been Detroit's top decision-makers.

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