AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Detroit Pistons announced Monday Joe Dumars will step down as President of Basketball Operations, effective immediately.
“Joe Dumars is a great champion who has meant so much to this franchise and this community,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “We are turning the page with great respect for what he has accomplished not only as a player and a front office executive, but as a person who has represented this team and the NBA with extraordinary dignity.”
The team has launched a search for a new President, and during the transition, Ken Catanella, Director of Basketball Operations and George David, Assistant General Manager will prepare for the upcoming NBA Draft and free-agency signing period.
The Pistons say Dumars will continue to be with the team as an advisor to the organization and it's ownership team.
He was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2003, and NBA Executive of the Decade in 2009 by The Sporting News.
Over 14 years as President, Dumars guided the team to a 595-536 record, with 73 playoff wins, six straight appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals, two Eastern Conference Championships, two NBA Finals appearances, and one championship in 2004.
Detroit hasn't made the playoffs though since 2009, and the team didn't live up to expectations this past season.