Pelicans Hire David Griffin as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations

Pelicans Hire David Griffin as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations

Griffin fired Blatt in January 2016 and elevated assistant Tyronn Lue to replace him, and the Cavs went on to win their first National Basketball Association title that summer.

Griffin was among six people interviewed by the Pelicans to replace Demps, including interim general manager Danny Ferry, Golden State assistant GM Larry Harris, Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Trajan Langon, Houston Rockets assistant GM Gersson Rosas and interim Washington president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard.

In case the name is unfamiliar, Griffin comes to the Pelicans after some extensive TV work since stepping down from his post with the Cavaliers in June 2017.

Now that Griffin is the GM of the Pelicans, the first point of business he'll have is to get the disgruntled superstar out of New Orleans.

Griffin has battled the injury for the past several weeks, getting pulled from the Pistons' second-to-last game against Memphis and missing the season finale against NY, games the Pistons needed to win - and did - to qualify for the last playoff spot. 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.

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Gentry joined the Pelicans in the summer of 2015.

Gentry has a regular-season record of 145-183 with one playoff appearance last season and one playoff series victory - a sweep of Portland before losing in five games to eventual champion Golden State.

"If I was holding their cards, I would probably want to be in a situation where I got at least one young player that projected potentially to be a star", Griffin said in a January 29 segment on NBA TV. "I know he has for sure let me grow". "He's always been like a partner instead of like a dictator, and I feel like for professionals like ourselves and the guys in the locker room, we really respect that". "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".

Davis demanded a trade earlier in the season, and he could become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

The Pelicans will have a number of other pressing roster matters as well. He credited the Pelicans with fostering his development and said he's open to coming back. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will be in strong pursuit, with teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers also expected to try to make a run.

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