The 58-year-old former league executive is expected to interview with new head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy this week. Spurs assistant General Manager Scott Layden and Otis Smith -- a former NBA player and a past GM of the Orlando Magic -- are also in the running for the GM role in Detroit. According to Haynes, Smith is the favorite to get the job.
Beyond Jackson's tenure with the league office, he also coached the New York Knicks for two seasons from 1989-91 and for one season with the Grizzlies in 1996, when the franchise was in Vancouver.
He also spent two seasons as head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. Jackson's relationship with Van Gundy could bode well for his prospects in Detroit, as he hired Van Gundy to be his assistant coach at Wisconsin more than two decades ago. SI WIRE: Report: Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony meets with reps about free agency