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Report: Scott Layden, Jeff Bower added to mix in Pistons’ GM search

Jun 2, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

San Van Gundy San Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy is the guy ultimately calling the shots, but he needs a general manager who can do more than just handle the day-to-day work in that chair, he needs a partner. Someone he can bounce ideas off of. Someone who can wade through the swamp of back-channel trade ideas and pull out the good ones. A guy who really knows how to do the job.

He’s added two more names to that list. Two guys who have GM experience.

Scott Layden and Jeff Bower are getting a chance, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.

They join Stu Jackson — who has been rumored to be very close to getting the job — and Otis Smith, who was the GM in Orlando (and stood by Van Gundy), so they have a working relationship.

Bower was both the coach at one point and the GM at another for the New Orleans Hornets. He was in a tough position there, working for a bad owner in George Shinn through a rough time, plus he thought the team had to consider trading Chris Paul at a time ownership did not like that idea.

Layden was the GM of the Knicks in the early 2000s, which was not exactly a stellar track record, but there are always extenuating circumstances with the Knicks. Layden had a lot of success in the Jazz organization and is currently an assistant GM with the Spurs.

There is no exact timeline for Van Gundy to make a hire, but he is moving quickly on things so it probably won’t be long.

  1. cruzan80 - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    “Layden was the GM of the Knicks in the early 2000s, which was not exactly a stellar track record, but there are always extenuating circumstances with the Knicks.”

    Really??? This guy single handedly ruined the Knicks for a decade. Everyone points at Isaiah Thomas for the Knick demise (& he did do his part) but Layden was the iceberg that struck the ship. Here’s some of the highlights of Layden’s tenure as Knicks GM:

    Traded Patrick Ewing for Glen Rice, Vernon Maxwell, Luc Longley, Travis Knight & someone named Lazaro Borrell.

    Traded Erick Strickand, a 1st & 2nd round draft pick to Vancouver for…get this…Othella Harrington!

    With the Knicks no longer having a first round draft pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, Layden used the team’s two second round picks on Michael Wright of Arizona (39th overall) and center Eric Chenowith of Kansas (43rd overall). Neither player ever saw action in the NBA.

    Re-signed Allen Houston to a 6 year $100 mil contract making him the highest paid SG in the entire league. This contract would take him to the age of 35. Allen Iverson. Kobe, T-Mac & Vince Carter were all making less than Houston after that contract.

    He followed that great move by doing what I think was the most damaging to the Knicks future. After selecting Nenê with the 7th pick in the 2002 NBA draft, he immediately traded him AND Marcus Camby to the Denver Nuggets in return for a damged Antonio McDyess, the draft rights to guard Frank Williams and a 2003 second-round draft pick.

    His last move was just icing on the cake. With the 9th pick in the 2003-04 draft he selected Mike Sweetney & Maciej Lampe with the 30th pick. Who was still available after their 9th pick? Mickeal Pietrus, Nick Collison, Luke Ridnour & David West. Who was still left after his 30th selection? Zaza Pachulia, Steve Blake, Mo Williams & Kyle Korver.

    My point? The “extenuating circumstances” was SCOTT LAYDEN. He was awful & with that being said, I hope the Pistons hire him by noon.

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