Pelicans Hiring Former Cavs GM Griffin

Ross Houston
April 15, 2019

His job title with the Pelicans is expected to be the executive vice president of basketball operations.

Griffin was the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2014 until 2017, during which the franchise won the 2016 National Basketball Association championship.

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. Ferry had been serving as interim general manager since Dell Demps was sacked in February. He took over the reins when Chris Grant was sacked.

He had requested a trade in February.

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".

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.

Superstar LeBron James returned to the Cavs a few months later and was a big supporter of Griffin. Then, he drafted Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Griffin then helped orchestrated a three-team deal that saw the Cavaliers receive Kevin Love. Cleveland also traded a 2016 first-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.

But what does Griffin's move to New Orleans means for the Celtics' hot pursuit of the 26-year-old Davis?

"He's kind of been the guy who has let us grow", said Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, who is coming off the best season of his 10-year National Basketball Association career. He was then replaced by Assistant GM Koby Altman.

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