Pelicans hire Griffin as President, Basketball Operations

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis warms up before the start of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans La. Friday Feb. 8 2019. Davis last played on January 18

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis warms up before the start of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans La. Friday Feb. 8 2019. Davis last played on January 18

Now he's the man overseeing the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes.

The New Orleans Pelicans have reached an agreement with former Cleveland Cavaliers general manger David Griffin to become president of basketball operations, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Griffin has been out of the National Basketball Association since he parted ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017.

In light of how Cleveland trading away Kyrie Irving may have marked the beginning of the end of James' second stint with the Cavs, Griffin could also opt to keep Davis on the roster and attempt to convince him to stay with the franchise by improving the roster and making the Pelicans a playoff team next season.

Well, for one, it definitely means that the Celtics are not going to swindle the Pelicans like they most certainly could have done with Demps or then-interim GM Danny Ferry. Ferry had been serving as interim general manager since Dell Demps was sacked in February.

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

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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". He took over the reins when Chris Grant was sacked.

His contract was not renewed after the 2016-17 season.

Superstar LeBron James returned to the Cavs a few months later and was a big supporter of Griffin.

The Pelicans will also have a lottery pick in the National Basketball Association draft in June. Griffin also worked in the Phoenix Suns' front office from 1993 until 2009, a stint that overlapped with Gentry's time as both a Suns assistant and head coach.

In 2014-15, Griffin was named the NBA Executive of the Year.

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