Pelicans name Ferry interim GM; begin search for Demps’ successor

Pelicans interim general manager Danny Ferry, right, had been serving the team in an advisory role.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has been named interim GM of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans fired Dell Demps after nine years as GM on Friday.

“My focus for the rest of the season is to provide leadership to our basketball operations group and give Alvin (Gentry) and our players the resources and support to positively impact the culture and foundation now and going forward,” Ferry said. “Along with that, I will work with our basketball operations staff to ensure that the direction of our scouting, personnel and player development is as strong as can be.”

Ferry, has been serving as a consultant with the Pelicans since last season. He is believed to have a role in the trade talks surrounding star big man Anthony Davis — who requested a trade last month. The team will again look to trade Davis and reshape the roster in the summer.

Meanwhile, team owner Gayle Benson said a search for Demps’ full-time replacement starts now.

“We will immediately begin the process of restructuring our basketball operations department,” Benson said. “This will include a comprehensive, but confidential, search aided by outside consultants to identify a new leader of our basketball operations, directly reporting to me.”

Former Cavs GM David Griffin and Boston Celtics executive Mike Zarren are both said to be potential early candidates to become next Pelicans’ GM. Ferry is also said to be on that list.

Ferry, 52, was Cavs GM from 2005-10 and Hawks GM from 2012-15.

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