Pelicans ramping up search for new general manager

Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has accepted the Pelicans' offer to run the basketball side of things.

The New Orleans Pelicans are expected to intensify their search for a new general manager next week, according to Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate.

“A search firm has been parsing out candidates and is expected to provide ownership a list of 5-10 names next week,” Kushner reported. “From there, they can conduct interviews, pick finalists.”

Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry is serving the role on an interim basis to finish the season. Along with Ferry, ex-Cavs GM David Griffin is believed to be in the running for the position.

The Pelicans fired GM Dell Demps in February amidst the chaos surrounding Anthony Davis, the team’s star big man.

Davis requested a trade in January and the Pelicans need to hire a GM to negotiate a deal. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will be in strong pursuit, with teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers also expected to try to make a run.

The Pelicans will also have a lottery pick in the NBA draft in June.

Davis, 25, shot down the idea that he has a preferred destination during All-Star Weekend, saying all 29 opposing teams are on his hypothetical “wish list.”