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Bower hired as GM of Pistons

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons have hired Jeff Bower to be their general manager.

The team announced the move Tuesday. Bower was the coach at Marist College last season, but he resigned Monday. Athletic director Tim Murray said in a statement that Bower was leaving for "a very specific and compelling NBA opportunity."

The Pistons hired Stan Van Gundy as their coach and team president last month, and now Bower joins the front office as well.

Bower was previously a general manager and coach in the NBA, holding both those positions with the New Orleans Hornets in 2009-10.

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