Stan Van Gundy, Detroit Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations, speaks about the NBA basketball draft during a news conference Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Van Gundy has a plan to turn around the Pistons and it probably will not include this year’s draft because the once-proud franchise does not have a first-round pick. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) / AP
The Detroit Pistons are joining the trend.
Front offices have grown bigger in recent years, but the Pistons’ front office remained lean under Joe Dumars.
But new president of basketball operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy is making hires to lessen fears that he might be overburdened.
He has hired Jeff Bower as general manager.
There will be three assistant GMs, with two already hired — holdover cap specialist and analytics expert Ken Catanella and Brian Wright, fresh from a lengthy stay with the Orlando Magic.
Catanella worked for the NBA during the negotiations for the last collective bargaining agreement and has a great understanding of how it is designed to distribute talent throughout the league.
Wright has an extensive background in scouting collegiate players and pros, but his area of expertise has yet to be determined.
Van Gundy plans to have a number of scouts under the two assistant GMs in charge of scouting, and Catanella will have analysts for assistance, although Van Gundy said recently: “We really don’t know how many people or what the structure of the analytics operation is going to be.”
Van Gundy also has hired advance scout Art Luptowski, the former head coach at American International College, and pro personnel scout Al Walker.
Director of scouting Doug Ash, who worked under Dumars, was spotted at the media availability for free agent signings D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler last week, but it hasn’t been announced whether he will be retained.