Pelicans hire Griffin as President, Basketball Operations

INDEPENDENCE OH- SEPTEMBER 26 Head coach David Blatt and general manager David Griffin of the Cleveland Cavaliers answers questions during media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts

He's gone. He wants out.

The 45-year-old Griffin was the Cavaliers' GM from 2014 to 2017, during which LeBron James returned from Miami to Cleveland and the Cavs won an National Basketball Association title.

David Griffin will be the man charged with getting the best possible return for Anthony Davis. The Cavaliers declined to renew his contract after the 2017 season.

Griffin was the first of the interviews April 4 and was selected from a field of candidates that also included interim GM Danny Ferry, Brooklyn Nets executive Trajan Langdon and Houston Rockets assistant GM Gersson Rosas.

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.

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Griffin, meanwhile, has already outlined what he would be looking for in a trade involving the six-time All-Star.

"He's kind of been the guy who has let us grow", said Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, who is coming off the best season of his 10-year National Basketball Association career. "Draft picks, an elite role player - somebody that could really further the cause for us as a victor because when you're bringing more young kids to the floor, you need those players to galvanize a group". Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will be in strong pursuit, with teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers also expected to try to make a run.

It will be interesting to see if Griffin follows that script going forward.

The former Cavaliers general manager's first order of business presumably will be trading Anthony Davis.

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