The Pistons have hired former NBA forward Hakim Warrick as a scout, reports Mike Waters of Syracuse.com (subscription required). According to Waters, Warrick will operate as an East Coast scout for the Pistons and will be based out of Washington, D.C.
Warrick, 41, was the 19th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He began his career with the Grizzlies and ultimately appeared in 526 career regular season games for Memphis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Phoenix, New Orleans, and Charlotte from 2005-13, averaging 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per night.
The former Syracuse star, who won an NCAA title alongside Carmelo Anthony in 2003 and was named the Big East Player of the Year in 2005, spent time with teams in China, Turkey, Australia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Lebanon, Israel, the BIG3, and the G League after playing his final NBA game.
Following the end of his playing career, Warrick tried his hand at coaching, spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the G League Ignite. He’ll now transition into a position in the Pistons’ scouting department.
In related news, Pistons scout Harold Ellis – another former NBA player – is no longer with the team after accepting a role as the athletic director at his alma mater, Morehouse College, writes Mike Curtis of The Detroit News (subscription required). Ellis was hired by Detroit in 2020 as a pro personnel evaluator.