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The New Orleans Pelicans have fired general manager Dell Demps, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Demps has been mired in season-long drama involving star forward Anthony Davis, who requested a trade. Demps had talks with the Los Angeles Lakers and others before the Feb. 7 trade deadline but did not pull a deal.
It is not known if Pelicans’ ownership was reacting to the Davis situation by firing Demps.
I can confirm the Pelicans have indeed parted ways with Dell Demps.
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) February 15, 2019
Per Wojnarowski, both adviser Danny Ferry and David Booth are up for the Pelicans interim GM job. “Pelicans planning to be aggressive in marketplace to hire a high-level basketball executive,” Wojnarowski wrote.
On Thursday, coach Alvin Gentry spoke to reporters and referred to the Pelicans and Davis situation as a “dumpster fire.”
Davis has not rescinded his trade request and the Pelicans will look again to move him this summer.
“Ownership was livid with an injured Anthony Davis leaving arena during Thursday night’s game, sources say,” Wojnarowski reported. “(Team owner) Gayle Benson is telling associates she wants an overhaul of Pelicans and a search for a GM to take command of Davis trade talks and the reshaping of team’s future.