Griffin, newcomers excited to launch new-look Pelicans

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

New Orleans Pelicans head of basketball operations David Griffin accommodated Anthony Davis’ trade request, and Griffin is clearly pleased with the players the Pelicans received in return.

“We’re deep with selfless winners,” Griffin told reporters. “We’re deep with selfless high-character guys who wanna play any role they need to.”

In return for Davis, the Pelicans received Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, as well as some picks, from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Griffin said the Pelicans have received trade inquiries on each of the newcomers — but none of them are going anywhere. Hart even asked that he not be traded.

It’s pretty evident that Griffin and the Pelicans want to make Ball, Ingram and Hart feel comfortable in their new surroundings. Each is coming off a season in which they were at the center of trade talk the very minute Davis requested a trade in January.

“It was tough,” Ball said, adding he’s excited to be in New Orleans.

Along with those three, the Pelicans of course have added No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson, as well as fellow first-round picks Jaxson Hayes (eighth overall) and Nickeil Alexander-Williams (17th).

(Read more about the latter two in John Alfes’ summer-league breakdown.)

“This is all a fresh start,” Ball said. “I’ve been playing basketball my whole life, and I want to get back to doing that and doing what I can for this organization. I know the media isn’t like what it was in Los Angeles, but I know these people are a great support, and I’m gonna show out for them.”

1 Comment on "Griffin, newcomers excited to launch new-look Pelicans"

  1. Philip Rusch | July 17, 2019 at 10:51 am |

    It mainly hinges on whether Zion Williamson can become a top-5 player in the league. Otherwise, NOLAs got a bunch of potentially good players but not great ones. They’ll have to be creative then in landing a difference making player(s). Landing Alexander-Walker with pick #17 might turn out to be almost as good stroke of fortune as landing Williamson.

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