« Yankees Place Closer David Robertson on the DL | Main | Panthers Sign Wide Receiver Jason Avant »

ESPN: Pistons GM Joe Dumars Set to Step Down

NBA Logo(NEW YORK) -- After 29 seasons with the Detroit Pistons organization, ESPN reports that general manager Joe Dumars will resign from his position before his contract expires on July 1.

The NBA's longest-tenured general manager, Dumars has been with the Pistons ever since he was drafted by the club back in 1985.

He took over as the team's president of basketball operations in 2000, and was the main architect in building a Pistons team that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals for six-straight years, and culminated in 2004 when the team won the NBA Championship.

While Dumars reached the pinnacle of his profession, it all soon came crashing down afterward. The Pistons have slowly eroded over time and a lot of it can be traced by the player personnel moves orchestrated by Dumars.

Among the moves that proved to be unsuccessful was trading Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson, signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to big contracts, and signing Josh Smith to a big contract. The team has also had a revolving door at head coach.

The Pistons haven't won a playoffs game in six years, and have one of the ten-worst records in the NBA this season.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio