The New Orleans Pelicans made a major change to their organization, and it did not involve trading their unhappy star, Anthony Davis. According to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans have named Danny Ferry as interim general manager following the firing of Dell Demps Friday morning.
Demps firing came less than 24 hours after Davis injured his left shoulder during the Pelicans 131-122 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday night, in the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans. During his nine-year tenure in New Orleans, Demps had three trips to the playoffs and advancing only once past the first round.
According to reports, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has been angry over the Davis trade demand, and her belief that “outside forces” are trying to push the franchise into decisions that don’t make sense for the organization.
After working part-time as the Pelicans consultant for two years, Ferry steps into his new role in New Orleans with nine-years of experience as the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks.
During his tenure as head GM, Ferry’s team has never failed to make the playoffs. His move high profile acquisitions include trading for sharpshooter Kyle Korver and signing New Orleans own, Paul Millsap as a member of the Hawks.
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