Griffin already making positive impact for Pelicans, Holiday says

First-year Pelicans chief of basketball operations David Griffin sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers.

Things didn’t end so well for the New Orleans Pelicans but things feel different now.

That’s what veteran point guard Jrue Holiday told Andrew Lopez of ESPN — with Holiday crediting new chief of basketball operations David Griffin for the newfound positive vibes surrounding the team.

“I feel like the whole vibe, the whole attitude in the facility and with the staff has just been different,” Holiday told Lopez. “It definitely feels like people are ready and excited. It’s been like that ever since Griff has come into place.”

Griffin was a major favorite of the players in his previous job as Cleveland Cavaliers general manager (2014-17). The list included superstar LeBron James, and Griffin was the GM when the Cavs won the title in 2016.

In the middle of that season, Griffin replaced coach David Blatt with Tyronn Lue, immediately improving the feel in the locker room. It was one of those “culture” moves for which Griffin has become known, and it appears that approach has carried over. This time, Griffin kept coach Alvin Gentry, a favorite of Griffin’s.

It was an offseason of change for the Pelicans, who landed No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and traded star big man Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. In return, the Pelicans received Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and several draft picks. Griffin turned one of those picks into rookies Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Williams, and later signed veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick.

“It’s a good feeling to know that just like that, he says what he means and he gets it done,” Holiday said of Griffin.