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Report: Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren a candidate for Pistons job

Apr 25, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

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With the Pistons already eligible to trade again, NBA draft around the corner and free agency following soon after, Detroit needs a general manager.

There have been no reports of offers or even interviews, but candidates have slowly been trickling in, including Scott Perry and Grant Hill.

Here’s one more name to watch as the search, run by Pistons owner Tom Gores (right), unfolds. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Boston:

Mike Zarren, the Celtics’ well-respected, numbers-crunching, assistant general manager, is again under consideration for another job.

He is among the early names to surface for the soon-to-be vacant GM job with the Detroit Pistons.

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Blakely, who now covers the Celtics, previously covered the Pistons. So, he’s well-positioned to gather info from both sides.

If the Pistons ultimately choose Zarren, an analytics whiz best known for developing the “wheel,” they might have trouble landing him.

Zarren is a Celtics fan. He grew up in Massachusetts and had Celtics season tickets long before getting hired by the team. He even still wears an old-school green Celtics satin jacket around the arena. And he turned down becoming the 76ers general manager last year.

What can Detroit offer that Philadelphia couldn’t? If the Pistons are going to proceed with Zarren, that’s the question they must address first. Like the 76ers, the Pistons can’t be the Celtics. If there’s another way they can differentiate themselves, Zarren would make a strong candidate.

He’s bright, has worked himself up the ranks and has years of front-office experience. He’s certainly qualified to warrant serious consideration for the opening.

  1. mp4philly - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    He didn’t play for the Pistons.. Soooo there’s no way his a candidate

    • redbaronx - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      @mp4philly – Good point! The Pistons like to keep things in house for the most part. I wouldn’t be surprised to a see a former Detroit player, coach or exec offered the job.

  2. sumkat - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    looks like Booger from the nerds movies, 20 years later

    • spursareold - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      I was actually thinking he was a candidate for Tony Manero’s job.

  3. pukpokito - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Will you all just hire Isiah already.I know he burned bridges big time but come to a comprise;understanding and reasonable price and duration.He is the best Piston you can hire.

    • fredgb21 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      The next G.M.s job is get a good coach and don’t screw up the roster Joe D built. I think Dumars is a victim of being handcuffed for years by ownership change and then again this season at the deadline. This is a very good roster that just needs a change in leadership . Start with moving Smith to backup PF 30 mpg. Get a shooter, add water. This was a team of 20-23 year olds who 0 leadership. That is why they struggled. People underrate how big of an impact Drummond is about to make.

  4. jadaruler - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Take Grant and get him off Inside Stuff. The world needs a Ledlow only show.

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