Former Pistons exec Dumars likes idea of Hawks

Joe Dumars used to be the man who ran the Pistons.

Joe Dumars is considered among the leading candidates to become the next general manager of the Atlanta Hawks, and Dumars indicated he’s strongly interested in the job.

Dumars was the man running the basketball side of things in Detroit when the Pistons won their last title in 2004.

He also was known as the man who drafted Darko Milicic with the No. 2 draft pick in 2003 — ahead of the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Dumars recently spoke about the Hawks vacancy on ESPN. Per the Detroit Free-Press:

Dumars said: “It’s an honor to be considered for any of these jobs. There’s only 30 of these jobs in the world. If I’m fortunate enough to be with the Hawks or anyone else, I look at it as a great opportunity because these are tough jobs.

“I have a lot of respect for anybody that’s doing these jobs because I know how hard it is. I don’t have any news to announce so in terms of the Hawks, I don’t have any news to announce. I’m one of the names and we’ll see what happens.”

Cavaliers GM David Griffin, whose name has been linked to the GM opening with the Orlando Magic, is also reportedly drawing interest from the Hawks.

Griffin’s contract expires at the end of the Cavs’ season.

Dumars is a former Pistons teammate of Hawks co-owner Grant Hill.