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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.