BOSTON - Mike Zarren, the Celtics' well-respected, numbers-crunching, assistant general manager, is again under consideration for another job.
He is among the early names to surface for the soon-to-be vacant GM job with the Detroit Pistons.
Longtime Pistons GM Joe Dumars will not have his contract renewed this summer as the Pistons failed to make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.
The Pistons have hired the firm Korn Ferry to help conduct the search, although the final call on the team's next GM will be made by team owner Tom Gores.
Korn Ferry was used by Toronto in its search for a GM that ended with the hiring of Masai Ujiri who was arguably the hottest name on the GM circuit after having been named the league's Executive of the Year in 2013.
Zarren, one of the forerunners in the use of analytics in the NBA, was a finalist for the Sixers GM job before pulling out prior to Philadelphia ultimately choosing Sam Hinkie.
It's still early in Detroit's search process, with many names likely to come and go.
But it's hard to envision Zarren not being on Detroit's list of finalists.
Scott Perry, a former Pistons assistant GM who holds that same position with the Orlando Magic, is a candidate as well.
Others expected to get some consideration include Golden State assistant GM Travis Schlenk, former Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo and Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver.
In addition to finding a new GM, the Pistons are also in the market for a new coach.