Griffin agrees to be Pels' executive VP

Paola Ditto
Aprile 15, 2019

The New Orleans Pelicans has hired David Griffin as their new President of Basketball Operations.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry worked with Griffin with the Suns, and he interviewed Griffin for the Cavaliers' head-coaching job that eventually went to David Blatt.

The position was given to Danny Ferry on an interim basis, but the former Cavaliers forward told Wojnarowski that he pulled out of the running to remain with the Pelicans on a full-time basis.

Prior to replacing Demps, Ferry had been serving in a consultant role.

One year later, the Cavaliers announced they would not renew his contract. Under his leadership, Cleveland won the National Basketball Association championship in June 2016 and reached the finals three straight years.

He also gained a reputation as someone who could help manage players and build a strong locker room. He took over the reins when Chris Grant was sacked.

That July, he was able to get LeBron James to return to Cleveland.

Davis requested a trade in January and the Pelicans need to hire a GM to negotiate a deal.

Payton, who is from the New Orleans area, said playing in his hometown exceeded expectations and that he would like to be back. Then, he drafted Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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". Prior to the eight seasons he spent with Cleveland, Griffin spent 17 seasons with the Phoenix Suns in various capacities, including senior vice president of basketball operations.

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