Pistons Rumors: Kiki VanDeWeghe, Ed Stefanski, More Basketball Ops Candidates

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2018

New Jersey Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe calls to his team during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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As the Detroit Pistons look to replace former coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy, they reportedly are starting to put together a wish list of candidates for both positions.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the list of targets for the president of basketball operations role includes NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe and Memphis Grizzlies vice president of player personnel Ed Stefanski, as well as Houston Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas and Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon.

Wojnarowski also noted that Brent Barry and Shane Battier are being considered for front-office jobs, with general manager Jeff Bower being looked at to be the team's top basketball decision-maker.

The Pistons parted ways with Van Gundy earlier in May. The team went 152-176 in four seasons under Van Gundy and made the playoffs only once, getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2016 postseason.

VanDeWeghe has had a variety of roles in the NBA since his playing days concluded. He has coached both the Dallas Mavericks and the Nets, and he has been the general manager of the Denver Nuggets and the Nets. He has been a part of the league office since 2013.

As for Stefanski, he has worked in the front office for several teams: the Grizzlies, the Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. He has been with Memphis since the summer of 2014.

Rosas, meanwhile, has been with Houston for more than a decade. He briefly took the Mavericks' GM position but returned to the Rockets after just three months in Dallas. He has also served as the international player personnel scout for USA Basketball.

Langdon is a former first-round pick who also has experience around the league. The 42-year-old started out as a scout for the San Antonio Spurs before moving on to the Cleveland Cavaliers to become the director of player administration and ultimately winding up in Brooklyn.

Each potential candidate's resume speaks for itself. All of them have gone through different experiences throughout the league while taking on a number of roles.

Wojnarowski did not reveal if any candidate currently holds the upper hand on the field. There are plenty of options, however, so it's up to Detroit to figure out who can lead the franchise back to the promised land.

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