Pelicans, David Griffin Agree to Deal

15 April, 2019, 22:42 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has agreed in principle to lead the New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations

Griffin nows holds those cards, making the general outline of a potential Davis-to-Boston deal clear as day.

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Ferry had been the interim GM after the dismissal of Dell Demps in April, and he told ESPN earlier Friday that he had withdrawn from the process, citing a desire to keep his family grounded in their Atlanta home.

You never know what an National Basketball Association general manager is thinking.

The immediate mandate for Griffin is unmistakable: Navigate a trade of All-NBA star Anthony Davis that'll shape the future of the franchise.


Griffin's contract expired following the 2017 season and he left the team after he was unable to agree with owner Dan Gilbert on terms for an extension. Griffin also worked in the Phoenix Suns' front office from 1993 until 2009, a stint that overlapped with Gentry's time as both a Suns assistant and head coach.

It will be interesting to see if Griffin follows that script going forward.

Gentry joined the Pelicans in the summer of 2015.

"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. "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". Then there's Marcus Smart (though the Celtics absolutely love him and would pretty much wanna trade any other role player), and maybe even pending unrestricted free agent Marcus Morris would be open to a sign-and-trade that gets him paid by the Pelicans. He credited the Pelicans with fostering his development and said he's open to coming back.

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