.Arn Tellem is among the most powerful and respected player agents in the NBA, the Wasserman Media Group man is now spreading his wings after being brought in by the Detroit Pistons. The struggling franchise has tabbed Tellem to be the new vice chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Pistons. He is widely respected in American sports and was named in Bloomberg’s 100 Most Influential People in Sports thanks to the power he holds
While Tellem has years of experience working with big name players, he has actually been employed because of his acumen in the business side of the sport. Indeed, it has been confirmed that he will have no say on Basketball matters; that is still totally in the hands of president and head coach Stan Van Gundy. The tactician penned a new $35 million five year deal just last year and will continue to team up with Pistons general manager Jeff Bower to deal with the front office.
Arn Tellum will assume position as the right hand of Tom Gores, the billionaire owner of the Detroit franchise, and it is thought the former agent will become the “ownership face” of the franchise. Some sources claim that Tellum has cut a good deal, which could include some stake in the ownership of the team.
With Wasserman Media Group, Tellem was largely responsible for the company building a massive portfolio of NBA clients, including Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, and Chicago’s Derrick Rose. As part of his move to the Pistons, Tellem will fade out of involvement with Wasserman over the coming months.
The Detroit Pistons had a torrid 2014/2015 season, finishing bottom of the Central Division with a losing 32-50 record.