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Pelicans to hire ex-Cavs executive Griffin

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Cassandra Castillo | 15 April, 2019, 22:46

He takes over as the Pelicans leader in Basketball Operations.

The Pelicans hired David Griffin on Friday, and he, in the past, revealed exactly what he'd do with AD, working as an analyst for NBA TV.

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. Griffin replaces Dell Demps, who was sacked by the team in February.

The immediate mandate for Griffin is unmistakable: Navigate a trade of All-NBA star Anthony Davis that'll shape the future of the franchise. Davis wore "That's All Folks" at the team's last game.

Davis requested a trade in January and the Pelicans need to hire a GM to negotiate a deal.

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

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That July, he was able to get LeBron James to return to Cleveland. Then, he drafted Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. However, the Celtics are expected to offer a trade package with at least three first-round picks and it's possible that forwards Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum are a part of their trade package as well.

Minnesota traded Love to the Cavaliers. Philadelphia also traded Thaddeus Young to the Timberwolves.

"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.

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

Griffin's contract expired following the 2017 season and he left the team after he was unable to agree with owner Dan Gilbert on terms for an extension.

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