It appears the Detroit Pistons’ brain trust will be remaining in tact for the foreseeable future after it was revealed on Sunday that the organization has moved to retain general manager Jeff Bower with a rumored one-year extension, according to The Vertical.
Bower, 55, was heading into the final year of his deal after signing a three-year contract in 2014.
After taking over a team that’d won just 29 games in each of the two seasons prior to their arrival, Bower and head coach/president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy joined forces to cultivate an organizational shift through a series of bold transactions and well-crafted signings. The makeover culminated in a 44-38 regular season record, the Pistons’ best since 2008, clinching their first playoff appearance in seven years in the process.
Bower is largely responsible for the day-to-day operation of the club during the season while Van Gundy focuses most of his attention on coaching. While still holding the final say on all personnel decisions, Van Gundy has shown no hesitation in ceding control of most transaction processes to Bower and the team’s extensive scouting unit.
Under Bower’s watch, the Pistons have seen a near complete overhaul of a roster that finished 24 games under .500 in 2014. With Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as the long holdovers, Bower has slowly molded the team to his and Van Gundy’s liking, whether through trade (Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris), via draft (Stanley Johnson), or even through low key free agent acquisitions (Aron Baynes).
From a committed years of service perspective, Bower’s new deal now better aligns him with Van Gundy, who signed a five-year, $35 million contract in 2014.