David Griffin agrees to join Pelicans in executive role

INDEPENDENCE OH- SEPTEMBER 26 Head coach David Blatt and general manager David Griffin of the Cleveland Cavaliers answers questions during media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts

David Griffin will be the man charged with getting the best possible return for Anthony Davis.

The New Orleans Pelicans have named David Griffin the team's new Executive VP of Basketball Operations, according to reports.

Well, for one, it definitely means that the Celtics are not going to swindle the Pelicans like they most certainly could have done with Demps or then-interim GM Danny Ferry.

Now Griffin will attempt to transform a franchise that went 33-49 this season and has slightly better than a 25 percent chance of landing a top four pick in the National Basketball Association draft lottery on May 14. Griffin replaces Dell Demps, who was sacked by the team in February. Under his leadership, Cleveland won the National Basketball Association championship in June 2016 and reached the finals three straight years. As MassLive's John Karalis notes, Griffin and Ainge also worked together on a three-team trade in 2010 that allowed the Cavs to free up the cap space they needed to sign LeBron James.

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.

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

The second-year shooter reportedly wouldn't mind a trade to New Orleans, for what it's worth.

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". Then, he drafted Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Griffin spent 17 years in the Phoenix Suns' front office.

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