For the first time in a long time, someone other than Joe Dumars will have the loudest voice inside the Detroit Pistons organization.
Dumars, whose tenure included stints as both a player and an executive, officially vacated his position as President of Basketball Operations the team announced Monday, via Pistons.com. He had spent the last 14 years as Detroit's top executive, a period highlighted by the franchise's NBA championship run in 2004.
There have been some stumbles along the way too. It seemed he saved his worst work for last—although Darko Milicic (drafted second overall by Dumars in 2003) might disagree—and he's now left behind both a storied past and a daunting present for his unnamed replacement to clean up.
"Detroit made the third round of the playoffs or better for six straight seasons, and Joe Dumars was the reason why," Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports wrote. "He’s also the reason why the team hasn’t made the postseason since 2009, and hasn’t fielded a winning team since 2008."
The Pistons will have no shortage of options when it comes to the executive search, but tabbing the right one is only the introduction to the next chapter of Detroit basketball. Playoff hopes and lottery results (29-52 record) have turned this roster into a cluttered mess of win-now veterans and not-quite-ready youngsters.
The next general manager will inherit most of the personnel problems that plagued the Pistons this season. No amount of name power or number-crunching can change that.
This won't be a quick fix. If he can guess right with these five action items, though, the Pistons will be that much closer to realizing their postseason dreams.