David Griffin says he made ‘outrageous demands’ during negotiations with Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans’ newly-hired Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations David Griffin reportedly made some “outrageous demands” of owner Gayle Benson before signing up for the job, according to Will Guillory of The Athletic.
There had been concerns that the franchise, led by an ownership group that’s been known to be a football family, had no real basketball-minded personnel in charge to give the franchise a true standing.
That all changed when Griffin was offered the job, replacing Mickey Loomis, who is the executive vice president and general manager of the New Orleans Saints.
Griffin believes his first call to order will be to convince Anthony Davis to remain with the team, which could keep alive the hope the franchise had of signing him to a supermax deal before reports of his intents to turn it down.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers GM said that his main reason for accepting the job was his belief in Mrs. Benson, whom he said is 100 percent committed to making the Pelicans a winning organization from the top down.
Griffin turned down any notion of players being unable to win in a small market like New Orleans, claiming players should want to win in this market, because it means more.
There’s still belief that Davis could change his mind before the start of free agency, and Griffin’s first task would be to establish whether the superstar is all-in or all-out before attending to any other issues throughout this offseason.