Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin stated Tuesday that the timing of subsequent week’s NBA draft will not essentially elevate urgency to deal away disgruntled six-time All-Star Anthony Davis.
“I’m open-minded,” Griffin stated whereas introducing new entrance workplace rent Swin Money on a convention name with reporters. “If things devolve in such a way that it’s time for us to make a decision relative to Anthony Davis or any other part of the organization, we will. But we’re not in a hurry to do anything and we don’t feel there is a time sensitivity to anything that we’re talking about — and that includes AD’s desire to stay or not stay. That’s not something there’s a shot clock on.”
The Pelicans have the primary general choose within the June 20 NBA Draft, when they’re anticipated to pick consensus prime prospect Zion Williamson of Duke. The Pelicans might purchase extra excessive draft picks by dealing Davis by draft night time, but additionally might select to attend and commerce Davis for established NBA expertise.
When Griffin was employed in April as Pelicans Govt Vice President of Basketball Operations, he expressed curiosity in persuading Davis to rethink his commerce request. However Davis has but to point a change of coronary heart, elevating prospects for a blockbuster deal that might contain a number of groups.
Whereas Davis will not be on board with Griffin’s imaginative and prescient for the Pelicans, Money stated she is satisfied Griffin is making a crew tradition that promotes successful and even profession development for herself.
“The reason why I made the commitment to come here is because I see some really positive things happening,” stated Money, whose formal title will likely be vice chairman of basketball operations and crew improvement. “And what I know — basketball-wise — is tradition. What I know is individuals, and that is what attracted me right here to New Orleans. So I cannot talk about issues previously, however what I can talk about is what’s being constructed proper now.
“If I’m going to go wherever and uproot my household and go all in on the bottom flooring, you wish to have someone that isn’t solely inspiring you, but additionally somebody that tells you that you’ve a possibility to develop on this enterprise.”
Griffin has stated he solely accepted the Pelicans prime basketball operations job after Gayle Benson, who owns each the Pelicans and NFL’s New Orleans Saints, agreed to put money into increase and restructuring her basketball membership’s entrance workplace.
Money, a former Connecticut, Workforce USA and WNBA star, is the third top-level government employed by Griffin previously two months.
Earlier than that, Griffin employed Suns government Aaron Nelson away from Phoenix to supervise participant well being and lured Brooklyn assistant GM Trajan Langdon to New Orleans with the title of normal supervisor after Langdon helped the Nets attain the playoffs this season.
Money and Griffin labored collectively beforehand at TNT overlaying the NBA as analysts after Griffin had left his earlier NBA entrance workplace publish as Cleveland GM.
Griffin famous that as an analyst, Money “was at all times watching from the standpoint of expertise analysis and participant improvement. So, her ideas on gamers and what gamers might doubtlessly be and the way you get them there had an important deal to do with my thought course of about what she would doubtlessly have the ability to supply a franchise.”