Malik Rose, who played for the San Antonio Spurs from 1997-05, agreed to join the Detroit Pistons as an assistant general manager.
Only one San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, James Borrego, received a full-time head coach gig this summer, with the Charlotte Hornets, taking over for Steve Clifford. Former assistant, Mike Budenholzer, even found his second head-coach job, too, with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Malik Rose, who played on San Antonio’s first two championship teams, has remained in the game, as well. with an executive job for the past three seasons. He recently acted as the general manager of the Erie Bayhawks, winning the G League Executive of the Year award for the 2017-18 season.
Well, Rose just took another leap towards becoming an NBA general manager. Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reported that the 43 year old will join the Detroit Pistons as an assistant general manager.
Former NBA forward Malik Rose is expected to be hired as the @DetroitPistons assistant general manager tomorrow, a source told @TheUndefeated. The two-time champion has been the @ATLHawks basketball operations manager since 2015.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 27, 2018
Rose will become part of a front office that reshaped itself this offseason, as Jeff Bower and Stan Van Gundy were both relieved of their duties. There’s still no general manager in place, even after the hiring of Dwane Casey as head coach, who just won an award for excellence in his role for the Toronto Raptors.
Working on the Pistons roster will be a task, as Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson’s expensive contracts lead the way. Although, any experience should put Rose in position for a promotion down the line, whether it’s with this organization or another.
Rose played for the Spurs from 1997-05, with championships wins in 1999 and 2003. He averaged 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds with the Silver and Black, before a trade took him to the New York Knicks in the middle of the 2004-05 campaign. The Big Apple stint lasted until 2008-09, joining the Oklahoma City Thunder via trade, which became his final run in the NBA.