Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
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Pelicans Hiring Former Cavs GM Griffin

Pelicans Hiring Former Cavs GM Griffin

He could potentially return to that role with Griffin in charge.

The Pelicans have an agreement in principle to hire the former Cavaliers general manager as their new president of basketball operations, ESPN reported Friday.

Griffin's first order of business will likely be a trade of Anthony Davis.

Griffin left his job as Cleveland Cavaliers general manager in 2017, punctuating a tenure that included the Cavaliers winning the National Basketball Association title in 2016 with LeBron James.

The Pelicans went 33-49 on the season.

Griffin was among six people interviewed by the Pelicans to replace Demps, including interim general manager Danny Ferry, Golden State assistant GM Larry Harris, Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Trajan Langon, Houston Rockets assistant GM Gersson Rosas and interim Washington president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard. Ferry had been serving as interim general manager since Dell Demps was sacked in February. He was the Cleveland's GM when it won its first championship the previous year. He took over the reins when Chris Grant was sacked.

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".

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

Griffin's contract expired following the 2017 season and he left the team after he was unable to agree with owner Dan Gilbert on terms for an extension.

He had requested a trade in February. Then, he drafted Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Gentry worked with Griffin with the Phoenix Suns in the past.

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