Pelicans hire Griffin as President, Basketball Operations

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The New Orleans Pelicans has hired David Griffin as their new President of Basketball Operations. He was most recently the Cleveland Cavaliers GM in 2017. 

He takes over as the Pelicans leader in Basketball Operations. Griffin replaces Dell Demps, who was fired by the team in February. 

Demps was replaced on an interim basis by Danny Ferry. 

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Now, Griffin will be responsible for overseeing potentially trading Anthony Davis, who does not want to be a part of the team anymore. Davis wore “That’s All Folks” at the team’s last game. 

He had requested a trade in February. However, he did not get his wish, as he remained with the Pelicans and was placed on a minutes restriction to prevent an injury. 

Griffin was the Cavaliers GM from 2014 through 2017. He took over the reins when Chris Grant was fired. 

He had been the team’s Vice President of Basketball Operations before being appointed the team’s GM. 

After being hired as the Cavaliers GM, he hired David Blatt, who was the reigning Euroleague Champion and Coach of the Year at the time. Then, he drafted Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. 

That July, he was able to get LeBron James to return to Cleveland. Griffin then helped orchestrated a three-team deal that saw the Cavaliers receive Kevin Love.

The Cavaliers traded Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a trade exception to the Timberwolves. Cleveland also traded a 2016 first-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Minnesota traded Love to the Cavaliers. They also traded Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved to the 76ers. Philadelphia also traded Thaddeus Young to the Timberwolves. 

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

In 2016, he was the team’s GM when the Cavaliers overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors. 

One year later, the Cavaliers announced they would not renew his contract. He was then replaced by Assistant GM Koby Altman. 

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