REPORT: Pistons Targeting Ryan McDonough, Wes Wilcox, Among Others For Open General Manager Position

Former Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

According to reports from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Detroit Pistons are considering at least three options to fill their open general manager position.

Per Bondy, the three names Detroit are currently evaluating are Ryan McDonough, Wes Wilcox, and Mark Hughes.

McDonough, who has spent time with both the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns as a scout and executive was fired by the Suns in October of 2018. Since then he has served as a radio host for SiriusXM NBA Radio. McDonough had early success with the Suns when he took over the team in 2013, but was unable to build on his hot start as a their general manager. Their lack of success on the court, paired with leaked disputes off of it, eventually led to his firing.

Wes Wilcox is another former general manager, who has not worked in an NBA front office since resigning from the Atlanta Hawks in May of 2017. Wilcox has worked his way up the NBA ladder since entering the league as a scouting and video intern with the Miami Heat back in 2001. From 2015-2017, with Wilcox at the helm, Atlanta went 91-73 before Wilcox’s resignation.

The final candidate, Mark Hughes, actually has some local ties to the Pistons. Born and raised in Muskegon, Hughes went to Reeths-Puffer High School before playing collegiately at the University of Michigan. Hughes even signed with Detroit in 1991, but never actually appeared in a game for the Pistons. Serving as the director of pro player personnel for the New York Knicks from 2011 to 2018, Hughes is currently the assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers.

As previously reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, the new general manager of the Pistons will work alongside senior advisor Ed Stefanski. Since being hired in 2018, Stefanski has served in the role of de facto general manager.

We will continue to update the website with more information as it is announced.

Featured Image: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin


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