The search is over.
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA D-League has hired Malcolm Turner as the successor of former league President Dan Reed, who departed following last season to take a job with Facebook.
The new question, of course, is this: who is Malcolm Turner? Here's what the league had to say via a press release announcing the hire:
The NBA has named longtime sports executive Malcolm Turner President of the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) effective Nov. 12, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announced today. Turner will report to Tatum and oversee the business and basketball operations for the NBA D-League and its 18 teams.
Turner joins the NBA family from sports marketing and management agency Wasserman Media Group, where he has worked since 2007, most recently as the managing director of the golf division. Prior to his role in the golf division, Turner helped build Wasserman's consulting division as its managing director, where he created and managed sports, entertainment, venue and new product launch strategies for leading corporate brands and properties.
"Malcolm is the ideal person to lead the NBA D-League at this exciting moment in the league's history," said Tatum. "His expertise, vision and leadership will be invaluable to the NBA D-League as it continues to provide opportunities for NBA-caliber players, coaches, referees and front office executives while growing to meet the increasing development needs of NBA teams."
In a statement, Turner said the following:
"It is an exciting time at the NBA and for basketball overall, especially with the league's leadership and the industry understanding the importance and potential of the NBA D-League," said Turner. "I was intrigued by the opportunity to help grow and develop the league, as well as the chance to once again work closely with people I have long respected. I am very much looking forward to working with the teams and the league office to usher in a period I am confident will be marked by great basketball and business gains."
A member of the well-known Wasserman Media Group, Turner has served as a leader in the firm's respective golf and consulting divisions since joining in 2007.
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A member of the executive team and co-leading Wasserman's New York office, Turner advises leading brands and properties on how to identify and activate their golf sponsorship and partnerships, while overseeing a world class team that manages the careers of many of the world's most prominent and promising golfers.
Turner previously helped build Wasserman's Consulting division and led this group as its Managing Director where he was in charge of creating and managing sports, entertainment, venue and new product launch strategies for corporate clients. Additionally, he worked with private investors and rights holders to evaluate new sports property and media opportunities. During his tenure, he also launched the group's specialty teams in digital consulting and multicultural marketing.
Prior to joining WMP, the Harvard and University of North Carolina grad was named one of SportsBusiness Daily's top "Forty Under 40" sports executives in 2007.
While this may be a little dated, fans can read up on Turner from this informative interview.