HoopsHype Joe Dumars rumors

LATEST HOOPSHYPE VIDEOS

May 22, 2015 Updates
May 13, 2015 Updates
May 12, 2015 Updates

The announcement of Williams' firing was made via press release in which executive vice president Mickey Loomis and GM Dell Demps expressed nothing but praise for Williams, who'd become not only popular in the locker room but also influential in the league as a member of the competition committee and, like Thibodeau, an assistant with Team USA. But league sources pointed out Tuesday that the people whose names were on the press release may not be the ones making the decision. Former Pistons executive Joe Dumars, a Louisiana native, has been providing input with the team and has a close relationship with Loomis and owner Tom Benson. CBSSports.com

Marc Stein: Pelicans have issued repeated public denials in last week to shoot down notion that Joe Dumars will soon be hired to oversee front office. And today team source insists to ESPN that Pels GM Dell Demps will lead team's coaching search for successor to ousted Monty Williams Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

May 6, 2015 Updates

Bensel, however, didn't address Demps' status. Demps has not been made available to media since the Pelicans were swept in four games by the Golden State Warriors. New Orleans Times-Picayune

An NBA source said New Orleans Pelicans front-office officials, including vice president/basketball operations Mickey Loomis, met former Detroit Pistons player and executive Joe Dumars at several Saints road games during the 2014 season. The meetings were held to gauge Dumars' opinion of the Pelicans. Dumars, a Louisiana native, has close ties to Pelicans officials and is a longtime friend of Loomis and Saints coach Sean Payton. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Pelicans could be looking to hire Dumars to run the team's basketball operations department, according to a WDSU report Wednesday. NBA sources, however, confirmed that while Dumars could join the Pelicans, nothing is imminent. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Meanwhile, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps is a lame duck. His contract expires this summer and the team has an option for next season. The Pelicans have not indicated if they are going to offer a new deal. While Pelicans coach Monty Williams held his season-ending news conference last week, Demps has not been made available to media for a while. He has not made any public comments since April 16 when he denied a report that he and Williams were given a ''playoffs or else'' mandate during the preseason by management. New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 5, 2015 Updates

It feels like these guys should rank higher, given Anthony Davis’s potential free agency a year from now, questions about the surrounding parts, and new rumors that Joe Dumars could still arrive in some supervisory big-picture role above GM Dell Demps — rumors that don’t appear to be heading anywhere for now. Grantland

April 29, 2015 Updates
March 30, 2015 Updates
March 29, 2015 Updates

Some peers of former Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars contend he could be back on the job this summer. One potential destination for Dumars, some NBA execs say, is New Orleans, which is on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. Racine Journal-Times

December 17, 2014 Updates

In 2010, the NBA fined Dumars $500,000 for leaking multiple confidential league memos to Wojnarowski, according to multiple sources. This matches the third largest publicly known fine the league has ever handed down. The NBA decided that too many memos were making it into the media, so they conducted a sting operation over several months. They would change a few words or numbers in different team’s copies of otherwise identical memos, so that when the memos leaked they could spot the small differences and trace them back to the leaker. This approach caught Dumars red-handed, as well as an executive from another team who was fined $12,500 for leaking to a draft-focused website. The New Republic

October 2, 2014 Updates

When Van Gundy replaced Joe Dumars as the top name on the basketball operations masthead, it was yet another change in a career full of them, but short on victories. Although the Pistons offered him a sizable contract, slightly larger than Smith's deal, Monroe turned down the security, preferring to take a one-year deal to have his freedom next July. "It's no disrespect to the people working here but it was just tough for me to agree to another four years with new people," Monroe said. "Honestly, if you were to ask the average person would they do that in the arena they're in, they'd say no." Detroit News

He wanted to make clear he's fully embraced the city and its fans, details that often get caught in the crossfire of a player looking for a new situation. "I can't speak for everybody but in my case, when talking about leaving Detroit, it was the team specifically," Monroe said. "I have no problem with the city, or the fans or the people. I don't have a problem with anyone here. I've been received with open arms. People have always shown me love. Fans, they've stuck with us through tough times." Detroit News

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.