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Dave Checketts

Blues chairman Dave Checketts. (Photo by James A. Finley)

Updated 4:45 p.m.:

Blues chairman Dave Checketts has been hired by the Detroit Pistons as a consultant to the owner, a spokesman for Checketts confirmed.

Checketts announced in March that he was selling the Blues and he told reporters at the time that he did not not know what his next move in the sports world would be. 

Already the owner of Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake, Checketts stressed that he wanted to remain an owner. It's been reported that Checketts has interest in the Los Angeles Dodgers, who today filed for bankruptcy.

But Checketts has longed to be involved again in the NBA. A former GM and team president of the Utah Jazz, Checketts was thought to be interested in one day bringing an NBA team to St. Louis, but he has indicated several times that it would be difficult for the city to support four professional sports franchises.

Now, as the Blues continue to sit on the market, Checketts is headed back to the NBA.

ESPN reported that Checketts will be a consultant to Pistons owner Tom Gores. The report also indicates that former NBA star Patrick Ewing is a candidate for the Pistons coaching vacancy. Checketts worked for Madison Square Garden and the Knicks when Ewing played in the Big Apple.

The spokesman for Checketts said that the role with the Pistons is simply an instance of Checketts helping a friend in an advisory position, and that it won't take away from his responsibility with the Blues.

Click here to read ESPN's full story.