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The New Orleans Pelicans have officially "parted ways" with their long-time general manager Dell Demps. It most likely has something to do with the way Demps handled the Anthony Davis trade situation. Maybe ownership wanted him to accept the lucrative offer the Los Angeles Lakers made for Davis, or maybe they just weren't confident Demps could handle the task moving forward.
The team's owner, Gayle Benson, reportedly wants a complete overhaul of the team and for the new GM to be at the forefront of the potential Davis trade while shaping the future of the franchise. Here are three viable replacements for the GM job in New Orleans.
3. David Griffin
David Griffin is arguably the most successful GM on the open market and is most known for constructing the 2016 champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Griffin was rumored to be in the mix for a few GM openings since his departure from Cleveland, including both the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. In New Orleans, he could take the opportunity to create a team with a blank slate, using Davis as the trade chip to acquire the necessary assets. Griffin certainly has the pedigree and resume that says he can get the job done.
2. David Booth
David Booth is currently the Director of Player Personnel for the Pelicans and is reportedly thought very highly of by ownership. Booth has risen up the ranks in New Orleans during his eight-year tenure, starting as a Midwest Regional Scout, then Director of Scouting, before being promoted to his current role. If the Pelicans choose to keep the job in-house, then he could be the best fit for the GM job.
1. Danny Ferry
Danny Ferry has experience as a GM, formerly holding the position with the Atlanta Hawks before he was relieved of his duties in 2014 amid controversy, of which he was ultimately found innocent of. He has connections to the Pelicans, having been hired as a special advisor to the team in 2016. Ferry had his fair share of success in Atlanta, so maybe New Orleans is the place where he gets his second chance at running a team's front office.
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