Arn Tellem, the powerful NBA agent who represents high-profile players such as Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, has decided to take his talents elsewhere. Despite handling nearly a billion dollars in contracts, Tellem has opted to join the Pistons front office team. He will be the vice chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment—the group that owns the franchise.
Wasserman Media Group’s Arn Tellem, one of the most powerful and prominent player agents in the history of the NBA, is finalizing an agreement to become vice chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Tellem will answer directly to billionaire owner Tom Gores, but will not become the ultimate authority on the Pistons’ basketball decisions, sources said. That responsibility will remain with president and coach Stan Van Gundy, who signed a five-year, $35 million deal a year ago.
Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower run the Pistons’ front office and basketball operations. With Gores spending most of his time running his Platinum Equity company, Tellem will largely become the Pistons’ ownership face in Michigan.
A formal announcement of Tellem’s hiring will be made Friday.