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Pelicans' Griffin: Gentry staying, and perhaps Davis, too

By The News · 20 of April 2019 10:30:22
AP Photo, David Griffin, No available, FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin speaks at a news conference before the team's NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Three people familiar with the situation say the New Orleans Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cavaliers GM Griffin the Hornets' new executive vice president of basketball operations. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contract negotiations are ongoing and no announcement has been made. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans newly hired top basketball executive says coach Alvin Gentry will be retained and that he won’t rule out the possibility of talking six-time All-Star Anthony Davis into rescinding his trade request and committing to New Orleans long-term.

David Griffin, who was introduced Wednesday as Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations, is taking over for former general manager Dell Demps, who was fired this past season in the wake of Davis’ trade request.

Griffin says Pelicans owner Gayle Benson convinced him of her commitment to winning by agreeing to what Griffin described as “outrageous demands” related to his desire to bolster staffing and resources in the front office.

Griffin was the formerly the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers when they won their only NBA title.

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