By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New Orleans Pelicans have fired general manager Dell Demps on Friday. He is fired on the first day of The All-Star break.
He was left go after hours after star center Anthony Davis left the building after being injured. Head Coach Alvin Gentry called the action a “Dumpster Fire.”
Demps was let go as the Pelicans have let Davis run wild over the franchise. He wants out, but was not traded by the deadline.
Davis and Klutch Sports thought if they made his plans known that he doesn’t want to play for the team before the deadline that the franchise would trade him. However, it backfired, as Demps, along with the team, elected to keep the disgruntled star.
“I would like to extend my appreciation to Dell for his tireless work and commitment to our team over the last eight-plus years,” Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said in a statement. “Dell, his wife Anita, and his family have been a credit to our city and I wish them nothing but the greatest success going forward.”
Demps was the team’s general manager from 2010 through 2019. He has been replaced by Danny Ferry, who was serving as a consultant for the team. He has prior GM experience with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks.
“My focus for the rest of the season is to provide leadership to our basketball operations group and give [coach] Alvin [Gentry] and our players the resources and support to positively impact the culture and foundation now and going forward,” Ferry said in a statement.