Former Cavs GM Griffin possible candidate for Pelicans job?

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 is “among preliminary possible candidates” to replace Dell Demps as GM of the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Demps was fired Friday after nine seasons.

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

The Pelicans have been mired in drama since the Anthony Davis trade request in January. Davis was not dealt by the deadline and remains on the team.

According to an ESPN source, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson’s rally cry has been to “take back control from outside forces.”

“Benson has been adamant with the organization to find a pathway to sustainable winning in one of the league’s smallest markets, and plans to be aggressive in pursuing the best available candidates to oversee basketball operations,” Wojnarowski reported.

Griffin 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.

Special adviser to the GM Danny Ferry and assistant GM David Booth are up for the interim GM job, Wojnarowski reported.

Whoever the Pelicans hire will be charged with trying to trade Davis during the offseason. Davis is eligible for free agency in July 2020.

3 Comments on "Former Cavs GM Griffin possible candidate for Pelicans job?"

  1. Philip Rusch | February 15, 2019 at 3:33 pm |

    Ferry has the experience but I can’t see him getting the job in a place like New Orleans after the incident he had in Atlanta with the infamous Luol Deng scouting report.

    Griffin has the ability to make deals but in my opinion, most of the ones he made while with the Cavs were bad ones so trusting him with getting the most out trading Anthony Davis is like the fox “guarding” the hen house.

    • All Griffin’s deals except the Jr/Shump were horrible. He overpaid for every player he acquired and burned through our assets more quickly than he should have. There is a reason why he hasn’t been hired over the last two years, he sucks

    • I agree totally with your assessment of the Pelican’s GM search. Especially your comments on Griffin.
      Griff was excellent at managing the meddling owner and diva star while he was here but his track record working as Grant’s assistant and GM is very questionable. A team looking to purge talent,acquire young talent and gain assets was by far not his strong point.
      He also did what Magic Johnson recognized and backed off of in the AD trade negotiations..bidding against himself. Grif did that in the Love trade, JR and TT negotiations. He overpaid for Shump also.
      With all that said, I’d rather have him then Sashi Altman. smh

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