Arn Tellem is one of the most powerful agents in the history of the NBA, and he has now been hired as vice chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the Detroit Pistons. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news on Thursday night before Palace Sports and Entertainment announced the deal on Friday.
Tellem will report to Pistons owner Tom Gores, although he won’t be the top decision-maker when it comes to basketball operations. That authority still belongs to Stan Van Gundy, although you can bet Tellem will advise on those matters. Here’s the statement from the company on Tellem’s duties:
Mr. Tellem will report to Mr. Gores, and as a representative of ownership will have broad responsibility for business strategy, public affairs, planning and development, and strengthening the connection between PS&E and the community. With respect to the Detroit Pistons, Mr. Tellem will be responsible for business operations and league-related initiatives as one of the team’s Alternate Governors on the NBA Board of Governors. The basketball operations organization headed by President Stan Van Gundy will continue to report to Mr. Gores.
Tellem is the head of the Team Sports Division of Wasserman Media Group, which represents numerous NBA stars, including Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and Draymond Green, among others. Tellem will be transitioning out of the company over the next few months.