Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Trajan Langdon has found himself on the radar of the Detroit Pistons. What are the plans for the former Duke Blue Devil?
Among the candidates, Langdon has one of the weakest resumes. Langdon’s professional playing career included stints in the NBA, Turkish League and Russian League. Mikhail Prokhorov owned CSKA Moscow where Langdon played from 2005-11.
Sources: Among candidates that Detroit is showing interest to run its basketball operations: NBA’s Kiki VanDeWeghe, Memphis’ Ed Stefanski, Houston’s Gersson Rosas, Brooklyn’s Trajan Langdon. Brent Barry and Miami’s Shane Battier have been targeted for roles in front office too.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 16, 2018
Kiki VanDeWeghe and Ed Stefanski were GMs and are the stiffest competition for Langdon. Shane Battier and Brent Barry both lack the front office experience that Langdon has.
The Nets hired Langdon as an assistant to GM Sean Marks on March 8, 2016 from Cleveland where he served as the Cavaliers’ director of player administration and basketball operations. He was a scout for the San Antonio Spurs from 2012-15.
The Detroit Pistons finished 2017-18 with a 39-43 and missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons under head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy. The Pistons have stated that they want to hire both a coach and president of basketball operations instead of combining both as they did with Van Gundy.
Langdon played college basketball at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski from 1994-99. He set the team record for most career three-point field goals made before J.J. Redick later broke it.
Langdon is a native of Anchorage, Alaska where he set the high school 4A state record of 2,200 career points scored and was a 3-time Alaskan State Player of the Year.