Pels reunite Langdon with Griffin, hiring him as GM

Trajan Langdon has been named general manager of the Pelicans.

The makeover of the New Orleans Pelicans’ front office continued Sunday with news the team has hired Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon as their new general manager, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.

Landing Langdon means in the span of 38 days, the Pelicans have added executive vice president David Griffin, Langdon and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, who will all but assuredly be Duke phenom Zion Williamson.

Langdon was named the assistant GM of the Nets in March 2016. He will reunite with Griffin, the man who spent four seasons as the GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning an NBA title in 2016.

Cleveland selected Langdon with the No. 11 overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft out of Duke, where he starred from 1994-1999. He played in the NBA from 1999 through 2002 and then played overseas for a decade.

Langdon, 43,  was recently named executive of the year in the G League for the work he did with the Long Island Nets. He served as a scout for the San Antonio Spurs from 2012-2015, then joining the Cavaliers, for whom he was director of player administration and basketball operations alongside Griffin for the championship season of 2015-16, before being named assistant GM in Brooklyn.

“As far as the Pelicans are concerned, there is a recognition and a realization that we have to take a very close look at ourselves and what we’ve done on that front and how we can improve,” Pelicans and New Orleans Saints president Dennis Lauscha told reporters during last month’s NFL owner’s meetings April 4. “We know that there’s a challenge being in a small market but there was a challenge on the football side of the organization when we came back in 2006.

“For us, that (excuse) doesn’t exist. We want to be a championship team in New Orleans in basketball and football. So we have to do everything we can to commit ourselves 100 percent to basketball.”