Now he's the man overseeing the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes.
The New Orleans Pelicans have hired David Griffin as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.
Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin will likely miss the entire first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks because of a left knee injury, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Griffin was the Cavaliers GM from 2014 through 2017.
Now Griffin will attempt to transform a franchise that went 33-49 this season and has slightly better than a 25 percent chance of landing a top four pick in the National Basketball Association draft lottery on May 14.
Prior to replacing Demps, Ferry had been serving in a consultant role.
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Well, for one, it definitely means that the Celtics are not going to swindle the Pelicans like they most certainly could have done with Demps or then-interim GM Danny Ferry. He was the Cleveland's GM when it won its first championship the previous year.
He had requested a trade in February. He took over for former Cavs GM Chris Grant at the end of the 2013-14 season and immediately created positive vibes for an otherwise downtrodden team.
That July, he was able to get LeBron James to return to Cleveland.
Griffin has been working as an National Basketball Association broadcast analyst since parting ways with the Cavs following the 2017 season.
Payton, who is from the New Orleans area, said playing in his hometown exceeded expectations and that he would like to be back. Davis wore "That's All Folks" at the team's last game. Griffin also worked in the Phoenix Suns' front office from 1993 until 2009, a stint that overlapped with Gentry's time as both a Suns assistant and head coach.