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Pelicans release statement on Dell Demps departure

Danny Ferry become interim general manager

Steve Geller
February 15, 2019 - 3:10 pm
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The Pelicans officially made the announcement that the team and general manager Dell Demps have decided to mutually part ways. 

“We will immediately begin the process of restructuring our basketball operations department,” stated Saints and Pelicans Owner Gayle Benson. “This will include a comprehensive, but confidential, search aided by outside consultants to identify a new leader of our basketball operations, directly reporting to me.”

In the meantime, Danny Ferry will take over GM duties in the interim. He has served as the Pels’ Special Advisor for the last three seasons and has over 25 years of NBA experience as both a player and front office executive. Ferry was the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager for the Atlanta Hawks (2012-15), Vice President of Basketball Operations for the San Antonio Spurs organization (2010-12), and General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2005-10).

Mrs. Benson added, “I would like to extend my appreciation to Dell for his tireless work and commitment to our team over the last eight-plus years. Dell, his wife Anita, and his family have been a credit to our city and I wish them nothing but the greatest success going forward. As difficult as these decisions are, my responsibility is to provide the leadership and resources necessary to deliver a winning team to our fans and community. I take that responsibility seriously and would like to assure our fans that I am prepared to provide any, and all, resources required to compete for championships. My expectations, and the expectations of our fans, are that this team will compete at a high level for the remainder of the season. While we still have many more critical decisions to make when this season comes to an end, I am focused on making sure we are properly positioned to succeed and that we are headed in the right direction. Finally, I would like to recognize and thank our fans for their support through all of this. I am excited about our future and the opportunities ahead.”

 

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