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June 28, 2013 Updates

New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps pulled off perhaps the biggest deal of his three-year tenure. He just couldn't talk about it. Demps drafted Kentucky center Nerlens Noel sixth overall and promptly shipped him and a first-round pick in 2014 to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and a second-round pick Thursday night. Demps can't comment on the deal until it is officially approved by the NBA about July 11, when the league's new fiscal year starts. But Holiday's agent, Tony Dutt, confirmed the trade. New Orleans Times-Picayune

June 27, 2013 Updates

GM Dell Demps has been warming up to Burke, a dynamic scorer and playmaker who did everything a college player could to boost his stock last season. It remains unclear if the Pelicans believe Austin Rivers is capable of playing the point long term, but Burke's potential is too compelling to pass up. SI.com

June 25, 2013 Updates
June 17, 2013 Updates

Examples abound in team front offices, too. Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder), Dell Demps (New Orleans) and Kevin Pritchard (Indiana Pacers) are general managers who, like Ferry, once worked under Buford. “The success we’ve had on the court in the playoffs is great,” Budenholzer said, “but where Pop and I, and all of us, get just as big of a kick is watching people go out and be successful. We love it.” When it comes to launching careers, the Spurs have had more success than other recent champions, like the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, the Mavericks and the Miami Heat. New York Times

June 16, 2013 Updates

In recent weeks Donnie Nelson, GM of the Mavs, and Dell Demps, GM of the Pelicans, flew to Croatia to see Saric play. Despite the interest, Saric was concerned he wouldn't get playing time in the NBA or would spend all of his time in the D-League. ESPN.com

May 21, 2013 Updates
April 22, 2013 Updates

During an end of season news conference Monday at the New Orleans Arena, Demps said if a deal arises with Gordon or any other player the Pelicans will have to look at it after finishing with a 27-55 record and missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. New Orleans Times-Picayune

"To say if I anticipate him being back – I don’t know if that’s something I can answer right now, or him not to be back,’’ Demps said. "We’re going to sit down and evaluate every situation and opportunity. "But for a guy to come back from injury like that, I thought he had some ups and some downs, but I still think his future is bright as an NBA player.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

Regardless of what decision the Pelicans make about Gordon’s future, Loomis said the franchise is in good hands with Williams and Demps. Loomis gave them both extensions before the regular season began. "I think, most importantly, we absolutely have the right coach in Monty Williams,’’ Loomis said. "He’s everything that we’re looking for to lead our basketball team. "We absolutely have the right general manager in Dell Demps. He and his staff made a number of significant moves in this last offseason, and we’re looking forward to having a great offseason plan from him and his staff and from Monty as well.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 22, 2013 Updates

Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said there were offers made for players, but he decided to stay the course with his young team that is 19-36 heading into Friday night’s game against Dallas. “I usually don’t like to talk about actual trade details but what I will say is we got a call on a number of guys but we really like our core, we like our young group and we want to see them grow,” Demps said following Friday morning’s shootaround. “It’s a good sign when players call on your team, it means they have value but we like our young group right now. It will be interesting to see how we finish out the season.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

November 16, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets have signed general manager Dell Demps to a new multi-year contract extension. “Dell has a bright future ahead as the GM of our team and Mr. Benson and I couldn’t be more impressed with the track this team is on and are excited about the future,” said Hornets Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis. “He has helped shape this organization with the current team of young, talented players and we look forward to seeing the growth of the franchise during this exciting time for the franchise.” HoopsWorld

October 29, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets have waived center Solomon Alabi and guard Chris Wright, General Manager Dell Demps announced today. Alabi (7’1”, 252) played in three of the Hornets eight preseason outings averaging 0.7 points and 1.7 rebound in six minutes per game. Wright (6’1”, 209) played in two preseason games with Hornets, averaging 1.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in six minutes per game. NBA.com

October 21, 2012 Updates

"I would say so because the first year, when I was hired, I was hired late after free-agency," Demps said. "Last summer, free agency was real short because of the lockout. This summer was really the first summer we had a full free agency since I've been here. But all the decisions were made collectively for the purpose of the long term. "You know (stability) helps with your overall plan. We've been able to really plan to put a team here in New Orleans for the future, for the long haul. And when we first came in, the NBA took over ownership of the team. Last year, the NBA owned the team pretty much the entire season. New Orleans Times-Picayune

"We have a great foundation and I think it's set. The guys are so young I don't want to put that kind of pressure on them and say 'We're going to do this.' Those guys need to figure it out. "Next summer, you give Austin and Anthony a year under their belt, and we go out and spend some money and find another player, that team needs time to jell. You ain't going to just put it together and think it's going to work. With young guys, we're teaching again. That's a tough spot. We've got some guys who know things, but for the most part, our foundation, we're teaching those guys everything right now. We think we can win while we're teaching because we have high-talent, high-level guys, but it can be hard." New Orleans Times-Picayune

October 4, 2012 Updates

New Orleans Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said during an NBA-TV interview at Thursday's morning practice at the Alario Center that they plan to move into a new practice facility by next season at the Saints' complex in Metairie. The team has confirmed that plans are in the works to build the facility. Demps said the practice facility will one of the biggest in the league. ``This will be the last year that we're be here (Alario Center),'' Demps said. ``We're in the process of building a new facility that if it's not the biggest, it will be the second biggest practice facility in the league. We're in the process of working on that right now. ``We expect to be there next year and our players are pretty fired up about.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 17, 2012 Updates

Gordon has had several conversations with Hornets coach Monty Williams, but was disappointed about not hearing anything from general manager Dell Demps, the Hornets' new ownership group led by Tom Benson or any other front-office member. He still has yet to speak to the Hornets' brass. "All I could do was communicate with the coach," Gordon said. "That was the only communication I had. My agent [Robert Pelinka] was the only one communicating with the GM and the other front-office people. That was very different for me to go through." Yahoo! Sports

July 15, 2012 Updates

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