Tayshaun, Billups Among Pistons' Candidates For Assistant GM

By 97.1 The Ticket

As they rebuild their roster, the Pistons are also remaking their front office. 

In addition to searching for a general manager to work with senior advisor Ed Stefanski, the club is searching for an assistant GM who can be groomed for a bigger front-office role moving forward. Former assistant GM Malik Rose left the organization earlier this month for a job with the NBA. 
Per the Free Press, two well-known names are candidates for the job: Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups. 

Prince is currently VP of basketball affairs for the Grizzlies, a role he assumed in 2019 after two years as special assistant to the GM. Billups has been an NBA analyst for ESPN since 2014, but it doesn't sound like he'd be keen on an assistant GM position. 

Billups has 'maintained that he is interested in being hired only as general manager,' according to the Free Press. But the five-time All-Star and 2004 Finals MVP has no experience as an NBA executive. 

There were rumors he was a candidate for the GM job after Detroit parted ways with Jeff Bower and Stan Van Gundy in 2018, but the Pistons opted for experience with Stefanski. Billups didn't begrudge their decision. 

"Listen, I’m such a big Detroit Pistons fan that I just want to see them win. The fact that I’m not there helping that is a non-issue," he said at the time. "They made the decisions that they made based on what they felt was best for the organization, and I’m not gonna disagree with them. I mean, I’m pretty sure they did the right thing, and they got a great coach (Dwane Casey) as well.

"I’ll get my opportunity at some point wherever that might be, and I’ll be ready when that happens, but I’m just happy for the Pistons."

The Pistons haven't won a whole lot since, not that Stefanski or Casey is to blame. As they try to build themselves back into a winner, perhaps Billups would be willing to accept a lesser role in the front office to help them get there. 

"I am a diehard Piston, and I don’t like to see the Pistons struggle at all," he said in 2018. "The years that I was there with the great teams that we had, it was unbelievable. I want to see the Pistons on top by any means necessary."