Sources: Pistons extend GM Jeff Bower

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Jeff Bower during the 2015 NBA draft lottery in New York City. (NBAE via Getty Images)
Jeff Bower during the 2015 NBA draft lottery in New York City. (NBAE via Getty Images)

Detroit Pistons general manager Jeff Bower has reached agreement on a multiyear contract extension, league sources told The Vertical.

Bower, who works under president and coach Stan Van Gundy, was entering the final season of his original three-year deal, league sources said.

Van Gundy signed a five-year, $35 million contract in 2014.

Bower, 55, has been the top day-to-day basketball executive for Van Gundy, orchestrating several deals and building a scouting infrastructure that helped the organization make a return to the playoffs in 2015-16. Detroit was 44-38, earning the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Bower engineered trades for point guard Reggie Jackson and forward Tobias Harris – and selected Stanley Johnson in the 2015 NBA draft – solidifying the core of an Eastern Conference contender.

Bower had been the general manager of the New Orleans Hornets from 2001-03 and 2005-10, and spent the 2013-14 season as head coach of Marist College before joining Van Gundy and the Pistons.

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