Sounds like a home run to me.
The former Sixers President and General Manager is resurfacing with Detroit on a three-year contract to become a “senior adviser responsible for overhauling the franchise’s basketball operations,” according to ESPN:
“I’m going to Detroit to meet with all the employees, and I am going to listen to all their thoughts and visions,” Stefanski told ESPN. “And then I am going to give advice to our owner, Tom Gores, on how we are going to structure things going forward. The big thing right now, though, is that we need a head coach and a GM. Those will be two items that we will probably do simultaneously.”
The Pistons’ top target in the coaching search is former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, according to league sources. Stefanski, 64, is regarded as a well-connected and energetic executive — with a Wharton School of Business background.”
Detroit parted ways with Stan Van Gundy a few weeks back.
Stefanski was the Sixers’ GM from 2007 to 2011, steering the franchise to a pair of .500 records and first round playoff exits. His best move was probably the #17 overall selection of Jrue Holiday in the 2009 draft, though he also presided over the Evan Turner pick in 2010 and took Marreese Speights in 2008. He fired Mo Cheeks, hired Eddie Jordan and Doug Collins, and extended Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams. He made a big free agent splash for Elton Brand and brought back Allen Iverson.
You can relive the magic of his Sixers’ tenure over at Basketball Reference, which lists every single personnel move he made.
Stefanski was relieved of his duties when Josh Harris and company took control of the Sixers back in 2011.