The New Orleans Pelicans are searching for a new general manager, one who will have to be uniquely tasked with taking over a team in which trading the franchise cornerstone is likely the first order of business. Any GM interviewing for the gig is aware of the Pelicans' Anthony Davis conundrum that hangs over the organization, having essentially railroaded the team's season in 2018-19 as one of the league's top stars has not played more than 22 minutes in a game since the All-Star break.
According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, current acting Washington Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard is one of the candidates for the same role in New Orleans, as Larry Harris of Golden State, Trajan Langdon of Brooklyn, Gersson Rosas of Houston and Danny Ferry of the Pelicans all remain on the table as options.
Sheppard may now have incentive to remain with Washington, after the news Tuesday that the Wizards had fired Ernie Grunfeld as their president, elevating Sheppard to the acting GM role.
Dell Demps served the majority of the season as Pelicans GM, including entering into the NBA trade deadline, where he chose not to deal Davis, despite rumors of there having been offers on the table from the Los Angeles Lakers, one of Davis' preferred landing spots. Demps was removed from his post, with Ferry taking over on an interim basis. Demps held the gig for eight and a half years, with the franchise now looking for a new figurehead as they attempt to come out of a tumultuous 2018-19 campaign.