The New Orleans Pelicans and general manager Dell Demps reportedly parted ways Friday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
New Orleans ownership was reportedly “livid” with injured star Anthony Davis leaving the arena during Thursday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. An MRI revealed that Davis has a muscle contusion in his left shoulder.
Owner Gayle Benson “wants an overhaul of the Pelicans” and is seeking a general manager who will “take command of Davis trade talks” and can help shape the team’s future, reports Wojnarowski.
New Orleans has parted ways with GM Dell Demps, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 15, 2019
Davis was at the forefront of trade talks ahead of last week’s NBA trade deadline, rumored to be receiving much interest from the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. The Lakers reportedly pulled out of trade talks with the Pelicans over Davis because of New Orleans’s “outrageous” requests.
Davis is averaging 28.1 points, 12.9 points and 2.5 blocks for the Pelicans this season. He has a full year left on his contract before hitting free agency in 2020. Demps could have reached out to other teams to feel out other offers. By not moving Davis before the trade deadline, it was logical if the situation didn’t get better with the team’s All-Star player, he would become the fall guy.
New Orleans made the playoffs just three times under Demps and won only a single playoff series. With Davis set to get traded during the offseason, the Pelicans want someone else in charge of what could be a long-term rebuild.
New Orleans currently ranks 13th in the Western Conference at 26-33 and trails the Los Angeles Clippers by six games for the eighth and final playoff spot.