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Pelicans Exec. VP Griffin on A.D.: Don't count the Brow out of NOLA just yet


Could Anthony Davis actually end up continuing his NBA career in the Big Easy? David Griffin, the Pelicans’ new Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, says he doesn’t believe it’s an absolute certainty that Davis has to leave New Orleans. But, if Davis does decide to stay, it’ll be with the understanding that he’s a Pelican to the core, and anything less is unacceptable.

“I think the one thing from an Anthony Davis perspective that matters to me is that we want everybody here to be all the way in,” Griffin said. “And I have some reason to believe that there’s an openness to the possibility that he is. And without any knowledge beyond that, I’m going to absolutely make visiting with him a priority and sharing the vision we have of the franchise.”

Griffin made the comments while talking with Bobby Hebert and Kristian Garic on WWL Radio’s Sports Talk program Wednesday afternoon. Griffin elaborated on why he thinks he can possibly succeed in selling the Brow on re-upping with the Pels when his predecessor could not, drawing on his experience dealing with Davis’s agent Rich Paul while negotiating with LeBron James as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers' front office.

“I think there’s a level of trust with he and his agent that maybe didn’t exist previously,” Griffin said. “Which is not at all a shot at the previous regime. It’s just they don’t have the same level of history that we have. I’m optimistic that there’s a conversation that can be had there. And if everybody feels good about moving forward in the manner that we need to, then I’m excited about it.”

The wide-ranging interview also encompassed Griffin’s thoughts on recruiting top talent to a small-market franchise, what rebuilding the Pelicans should Davis leave would look like, and why he chose New Orleans over other suitors. You can hear the full interview by clicking the podcast link.


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