Former Cavs GM Griffin hired as Pelicans’ executive VP

Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has accepted the Pelicans' offer to run the basketball side of things.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has agreed to become the executive VP of the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Pelicans have been conducting interviews over the past couple weeks, looking to fill the vacancy left when they fired general manager Dell Demps during the season.

Griffin was the first of the interviews April 4 and was selected from a field of candidates that also included interim GM Danny Ferry, Brooklyn Nets executive Trajan Langdon and Houston Rockets assistant GM Gersson Rosas.

Prior to replacing Demps, Ferry had been serving in a consultant role. He could potentially return to that role with Griffin in charge.

Griffin has been working as an NBA broadcast analyst since parting ways with the Cavs following the 2017 season. He was the Cleveland’s GM when it won its first championship the previous year.

He also gained a reputation as someone who could help manage players and build a strong locker room. He took over for former Cavs GM Chris Grant at the end of the 2013-14 season and immediately created positive vibes for an otherwise downtrodden team.

Superstar LeBron James returned to the Cavs a few months later and was a big supporter of Griffin.

The Pelicans fired Demps in February amidst the chaos surrounding Anthony Davis, the team’s star big man.

Davis requested a trade in January and the Pelicans need to hire a GM to negotiate a deal. 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.

The Pelicans will also have a lottery pick in the NBA draft in June.

Davis, 25, shot down the idea that he has a preferred destination during All-Star Weekend, saying all 29 opposing teams are on his hypothetical “wish list.”

Griffin also worked as an assistant GM role with the Cavs and in the Phoenix Suns’ front office.