Just days after Trajon Langdon departed for the Detroit Pistons, the New Orleans Pelicans have found his replacement – promoting Bryson Graham to general manager, per Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610:

Source tells  @SportsRadio610 the New Orleans Pelicans are promoting Bryson Graham to general manager. Graham worked his way up from intern to assistant GM in the Pels front office. He replaces Trajan Langdon, who was named Pistons President of Basketball Operations this week”

Langdon has worked the last five seasons as general manager of the Pelicans. His role had him second in command behind executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin. Langdon also served as the assistant general manager of the Brooklyn Nets under Sean Marks from 2016 until 2019. He also has experience with the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he was a scout from 2012 to 2015.

Reports last month had the Pelicans' new GM connected to that Pistons job, as well as a potential opening in Brooklyn. Instead, he accepts a promotion to remain in New Orleans.

Graham, 37, joined the Pelicans' front office as intern back in 2010, and has served as the team's Player Development Director, Video Coordinator/Player Development Coach, Scouting Coordinator, and Director of College Scouting, before being named as the Pelicans' assistant general manager in 2019

A native of San Antonio, Graham played at Texas A&M from 2006-2009, and served as a graduate assistant under coach Mark Turgeon before joining the Pelicans.

He replaces a front office that has done a great job of finding young talent for their roster. Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III, Jose Alvarado and others are prime examples.  The Pelicans have also done a successful job of adding veterans to complement their young core – including Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum and Jonas Valanciunas.

Pelicans' Bryson Graham faces big decision this offseason

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) looks on against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5) during the first half of game four of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Smoothie King Center.
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Some changes may be in order for the Pelicans after getting swept by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. One possible change is a potential trade of small forward Ingram, who only has one year left on his contract.

has averaged 19.4 points on 46.8% shooting, to go with 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists throughout his eight-year tenure. Unlike Young, Ingram isn't good enough to be the first option on a contending team. However, he could be a formidable second or third option in the right scenario.

Ingram being the Robin to Zion Williamson's Batman hasn't worked out in New Orleans, due in large part to injuries to Williamson. But, even with Zion largely healthy this last season, it has become apparent that the pairing creates fundamental flaws with spacing that will need to be addressed.

A fresh start could help both parties, as it's unlikely the current duo will win a championship together.