Ex-Pistons great Joe Dumars joins sports agency

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Joe Dumars

After a few years away from basketball, Joe Dumars is back in the game.

Dumars, who was the Pistons' president of basketball operations for 13 years, has joined Independent Sports & Entertainment, an integrated sports, media and entertainment management agency, as president of its basketball division.

"Joe's arrival at ISE marks the tone for the future of our basketball practice and business," ISE chief executive officer Hank Ratner said in a statement. "He's experienced on both sides of the negotiating table, has served as a role model and mentor for players at all levels and understands the preparation and dedication required to excel as a player and then make a successful post-career transition."

In his new role, Dumars, 54, will not be an agent but will oversee all aspects of the basketball representation business with a focus on growth and be on the ISE executive leadership team.

Dumars, a two-time NBA champion as a player, helped assemble the Pistons' 2004 championship team as team president; he also was selected NBA executive of the year in 2003. Dumars stepped down as Pistons president in 2014 but hadn't had a regular role in the NBA since.

Now he's back.

"I look forward to beginning this new chapter in my career with ISE," Dumars said in a statement. "It has always been an honor and immense pleasure to work closely with players to help guide them in all stages of their careers and this position will allow me to step into this role in a longer term and much more impactful and meaningful way."

ISE, which began in 2016, represents more than 300 players in the NBA, NFL and MLB.

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