The Search Begins
The New Orleans Pelicans are in for an interesting offseason. They find themselves towards the bottom of the Western Conference with a 32-47. The Pelicans were 48-34 in the 2017-2018 season making it to the second round of the playoffs. They were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors. The Pelicans are in a different position and it could affect their future. The Pelicans are not only unsure of the future of their star player Anthony Davis, but also their future front office. However, they took their first step in their general manager process. The Pelicans have started conducting interviews.
Earlier this week, the Pelicans began their interview process with a person familiar with the process confirmed the interviews have begun. The Pelicans have a list of candidates in mind for the position. The same person told Associated Press that their current interim general manager Danny Ferry is a candidate. The other candidates include David Griffin, Larry Harris, Trajan Langdon, Gersson Rosas and Tommy Sheppard.
Griffin was the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2014-2017. He helped the Cavs win their first title in the franchise’s history. Griffin and the Cavs did not agree to a new contract and the Cavs replaced him with Koby Altman.
Harris is the assistant general manager for the Warriors. He started his career with the Milwaukee Bucks. Harris worked his way up the ranks before becoming their general manager. He served as their general manager from 2003-2009. Then, he joined the Warriors in 2009 and has been with the team ever since.
Langdon is a former NBA player that serves as the Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager. He has been with the Nets since 2016. He was a scout for the San Antonio Spurs prior to his stint with the Nets.
Rosas is the assistant general manager of the Houston Rockets. He has not only worked for the Rockets, but he also has been an international player scout for USA Basketball.
Lastly, there is Sheppard. Sheppard is the interim president of the Washington Wizards. He became the president when the Wizards fired Ernie Grunfeld. Sheppard became team president days ago, but his current position may not last.
What’s next for the Pelicans?
Each candidate is qualified for the position, but they have a difficult task. The Pelicans’ next general manager is expected to oversee a Davis trade. The trade will likely take place in the offseason. The new general manager must attempt to trade Davis and determine the fate of Alvin Gentry, the current coach of the Pelicans.
The next Pelicans’ general manager has a big responsibility but it is necessary. The process is just beginning for the Pelicans, but finding a general manager is the step in the right direction.