Pelicans Hire David Griffin as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations

Tanya Simon
April 15, 2019

The New Orleans Pelicans has hired David Griffin as their new President of Basketball Operations.

Now, Griffin will be responsible for overseeing potentially trading Anthony Davis, who does not want to be a part of the team anymore.

You never know what an National Basketball Association general manager is thinking. Prior to the eight seasons he spent with Cleveland, Griffin spent 17 seasons with the Phoenix Suns in various capacities, including senior vice president of basketball operations.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry worked with Griffin with the Suns, and he interviewed Griffin for the Cavaliers' head-coaching job that eventually went to David Blatt.

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Danny Ferry had been the interim GM after the dismissal of Dell Demps in April, and he told ESPN earlier Friday that he had withdrawn from the process, citing a desire to keep his family grounded in their Atlanta home. It will be interesting to see whether the deal ends up being similar in value to his demands while on air on NBA TV.

Gentry joined the Pelicans in the summer of 2015. "Draft picks, an elite role player - somebody that could really further the cause for us as a victor because when you're bringing more young kids to the floor, you need those players to galvanize a group".

Starting forward Julius Randle and starting point guard Elfrid Payton both will be free agents. He credited the Pelicans with fostering his development and said he's open to coming back. Payton missed much of the season with injuries, but also put together a historically significant string of five straight triple-doubles this spring.

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