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Shane Battier drops out of running for Pistons’ front office job, will remain with Heat

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After interviewing for a position in the Pistons’ front office, Shane Battier has dropped out and will remain with the Heat.

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Shane Battier will remain with the Heat after dropping out of the running for a position in the Pistons’ front office.

Shane Battier had been in the running for a front office position with the Detroit Pistons, after Stan Van Gundy left the team. Battier was approached by the Pistons prior to their hiring of Ed Stefanski from the Grizzlies to run their front office. According to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, if chosen for the job, Battier would have served directly under Stefanski.

Not counting his playing career and championship seasons, Battier has been with the Heat as director of basketball development and analytics since February 16th 2017.

It’s normal in the Heat organization to let staff interview for promotions in other organizations (most recently Juwan Howard) so this wasn’t surprising. Still, it’s great to see Battier remaining with Miami. Hopefully he can continue to rise within the ranks and stay with the Heat organization in the future.