In one of the few Pelicans related news bits of the past month or so, the Pistons are in the process of officially signing former New Orleans’ General Manager Jeff Bower to become their new GM according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Stan Van Gundy’s making his first major front office hire, finalizing agreement with Jeff Bower to become Detroit’s GM, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 2, 2014
Bower was the GM for the Hornets from 2002-2003 and again from 2005-2010 and for the most part did a good job. Bower was in charge when the Hornets brought in players like Chris Paul, David West, JR Smith, Tyson Chandler and Darren Collison. That didn’t mean that there weren’t flops in Bower’s tenure though as Bower also drafted Hilton Armstrong and Julian Wright, players who never turned out to be productive enough and signed James Posey to a pretty awful contract.
Bower also spent some time on the bench for the Hornets, taking over in November of 2009 after the firing of Byron Scott. Despite some heavy injury problems Bower led the team to a 34-39 record before stepping down at the end of the season. Bower was eventually replaced by Monty Williams and left the franchise.
After floating around as a consultant to the league and various teams, Bower resurfaced this past season as the head coach at Marist College in New York, where he had been an assistant in the 1980s.
Bower now takes over a tough job in Detroit where he will have to figure out what to do with the mess created by the Josh Smith contract. His first big decision seems to be what to do with Louisiana native Greg Monroe, who is a restricted free agent this summer. If Bower and Stan Van Gundy decide to move on from Monroe there will seem to be quite a few teams interested in his services.