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Report: Stu Jackson to interview for Pistons GM position

By James Herbert | NBA writer

The Pistons are going in a new direction.
The Pistons are going in a new direction. (USATSI)

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The Detroit Pistons will interview Stu Jackson this week as part of their search for a general manager, according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW. New Pistons president Stan Van Gundy is also expected to interview former Magic GM Otis Smith, the leading candidate, as well as Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden.

Jackson last served as a general manager for the Vancouver Grizzlies, and considering they went 101-359 over six seasons before moving to Memphis, that didn't go well. He worked as the NBA's executive vice president for the next 13 years, stepping down last summer and being replaced by Rod Thorn. He has worked as an analyst for NBA TV since December.

Van Gundy was hired to be the main decision-maker in Detroit. Whether it's Jackson, Smith, Layden or someone else, the Pistons general manager will need to have a great working relationship with the president and head coach. This could bode well for Jackson, who hired Van Gundy as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin more than 20 years ago.

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