New Orleans has reportedly selected David Griffin as their new Vice President of Basketball Operations, leading the charge as the team attempts to trade Anthony Davis.
The Pelicans have been without a general manager since they fired Dell Demps on February 15. It was with the Cavaliers that Griffin successfully brought LeBron James back to The Land, traded for Kevin Love, and helped construct the roster that captured an National Basketball Association championship in 2015.
Griffin was the first of the interviews April 4 and was selected from a field of candidates that also included interim GM Danny Ferry, Brooklyn Nets executive Trajan Langdon and Houston Rockets assistant GM Gersson Rosas. We won't have that same problem with the Pelicans' new GM, David Griffin, since he inadvertently told everyone his asking price for AD when he was an analyst on NBA TV.
"If I was holding their cards, I would probably want to be in a situation where I got at least one young player that projected potentially to be a star", Griffin said in a January 29 segment on NBA TV.
Griffin nows holds those cards, making the general outline of a potential Davis-to-Boston deal clear as day.
Griffin has battled the injury for the past several weeks, getting pulled from the Pistons' second-to-last game against Memphis and missing the season finale against NY, games the Pistons needed to win - and did - to qualify for the last playoff spot.
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When he did play, it was rarely for much more than 20 minutes a game.
Trading Davis also could fetch a high draft choice, if Griffin chooses to go that route.
Payton, who is from the New Orleans area, said playing in his hometown exceeded expectations and that he would like to be back.
Oh, and draft picks?
Davis demanded a trade earlier in the season, and he could become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.