Shane Battier will remain with Heat front office after withdrawing name from Pistons search

Shane Battier (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

MIAMI — Shane Battier is staying with the Heat.

After he interviewed for an upper-level position in the Pistons’ restructured front office, it was confirmed Tuesday that Battier has withdrawn himself from consideration and will remain with the Heat. ESPN’s Zach Lowe first reported the news.

The 39-year-old Battier joined Miami’s front office on Feb. 16, 2017 and is currently the organization’s vice president of basketball development and analytics.

The Pistons expressed interest in Battier as they work to restructure their front office after the recent dismissal of Stan Van Gundy as coach and team president. Detroit, which traded for five-time All-Star Blake Griffin in January, has missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.

It would have been somewhat of a homecoming for Battier, who was born and raised in Birmingham, Mich., just outside of Detroit. He led Birmingham Detroit Country Day to three state championships at the high school level before moving on to Duke.

And the Pistons opportunity also likely would have been a promotion. While the position Battier was interviewing for with the Pistons was unclear, it was believed to be a higher-level position than the one he’s currently in with the Heat.

On Miami’s organizational chart, Battier is listed below Heat president Pat Riley, general manager Andy Elisburg, vice president of player personnel Chet Kammerer, vice president of player programs Alonzo Mourning and assistant general manager Adam Simon. With the Pistons, the Detroit Free Press was calling for Battier to be named the president of basketball operations.

But in the end, Battier decided to keep his position with the Heat.

Battier played three seasons with Miami from 2011-14, winning two NBA titles with the organization in 2012 and 2013. He appeared in 210 games (86 starts) with the Heat and averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 22.6 minutes while shooting 39.8 percent from the field.

“We believe Shane is an incredible example of our Heat program, not only for the present, but also for the future,” Riley said in a statement when Battier joined Miami’s front office last year. “He embodies everything that we are looking for in our players and staff. We feel he will help us tremendously with his experience and knowledge of the game. Shane is an out-of-the-box thinker and will bring a fresh expertise that can help us evolve as a franchise.”

Tuesday’s news means Battier will continue to help the Heat.

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