Detroit Pistons basketball ops staff includes ex-Eastern Michigan asst. Britta Brown

Detroit Free Press

Omari Sankofa II
| Detroit Free Press

Since taking over as general manager in June, Troy Weaver has been hard at work putting together the rest of his front office. On Monday, the Detroit Pistons announced their completed basketball operations staff. 

The new staff includes four new hires: Britta Brown (senior director of basketball administration); Tony Leotti (senior director of strategy and systems); Ryan West (pro personnel evaluator) and Michael Lindo (director of player and family engagement). 

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Brown was an assistant athletic director at Eastern Michigan. She graduated from North Carolina in 2008, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and played lacrosse. Her responsibilities with the Pistons include overseeing team operations, logistics and assist in day-to-day management of the department, according to a released statement. 

Leotti, who served as director of basketball administration & team counsel with the Cleveland Cavaliers for four years, will be a salary cap guru with the Pistons. West, son of NBA legend Jerry West, previously worked for the Lakers. Lindo worked for Under Armour for six years as a sports marketing consultant and earned his Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown in 2016. 

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The Pistons also announced five internal promotions: 

  • Gregg Polinsky: Senior Director of Player Personnel
  • Bernard Condevaux: Senior Director of Medical and Performance
  • Dan Rosenbaum: Senior Director of Analytics
  • Eric Tellem: Director of Pro Scouting
  • Jhonika Hawkins: Director of Executive Operations

Tellem, the youngest of senior advisor Arn Tellem’s three sons, earned his Bachelor’s from Michigan in 2014 and is currently in Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He was previously the assistant director of player personnel and has been with the Pistons since 2016. 

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Two former Pistons employees are back with the organization as well. Harold Ellis, once an assistant coach and scout, returns as a scout and Rod Williams, who worked with the Pistons in various security roles from 2012-14 and in 2017-18, returns as the director of team security.

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