As new Detroit Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy begins the process of rebuilding the struggling franchise, candidates have emerged as to who with assist Van Gundy with the day-to-day operations of the team.

According to a Comcast SportsNet report, Former executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA, Stu Jackson, has been thrown into the pool of candidates which has been rumored to include ex-Orlando general manager Otis Smith and Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden.

Jackson is scheduled to meet with Van Gundy sometime this week to discuss the vacant position.

Jackson was the head coach of the Grizzlies and the Knicks throughout the 90s and spent time as an assistant coach under Rick Pitino while with the Knicks from 1987-1989.

Jackson became the executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA in 2007 and was largely in charge of on-court operations, including scheduling, game rules, conduct and discipline.

In his first hire, Van Gundy brought back Brendan Malone, who was an assistant coach under Chuck Daly during the Bad Boy years, to be his lead assistant on the bench.

According to the Pistons, Van Gundy wants to full the general manager position by the start of free agency on July 1.


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