Detroit Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy announced Wednesday a series of promotions and restructuring within the organization:
Pat Garrity has been promoted to assistant general manager, Andrew Loomis to chief of staff and Bob Beyer to associate head coach. Otis Smith joins the Pistons’ staff as director of player development/assistant coach while assistant coach Brendan Malone will transition to a special assignment scout, residing in New York. Quentin Richardson is leaving the organization for personal reasons.
“I’m proud to announce the restructuring of our basketball staff knowing that we have great people expanding their roles while maintaining continuity within our department,” said Van Gundy. “Pat, Andrew and Bob are well deserving of new responsibilities and we welcome Otis to Detroit on a full-time basis. Brendan is moving away from the bench and returning to his New York roots, but will continue to provide great basketball counsel and insight that has made him a great basketball mind for decades. We thank Quentin for his hard work over the last two seasons and respect his desire to spend more time with his family in Orlando.”
Pat Garrity had been the Pistons’ director of strategic planning before getting this bump up to assistant general manager under general manager Jeff Bower, who just got a contract extension. Otis Smith was most recently the head coach of the Pistons’ D-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. Smith spent time as president/GM of the Orlando Magic when Van Gundy was there.
Detroit made the playoffs this year for the first time since 2008-2009 and were promptly swept by Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers — something that also happened the last time the two teams met in the playoffs.
The team has a good, young nucleus with center Andre Drummond and guard Reggie Jackson to go along with Stanley Johnson, Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris.