Dell Demps Rumors
Speaking to reporters before Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the franchise remains in negotiations to finalize a deal to sign 7-foot center Donatas Motiejunas. ESPN reported on Sunday and sources confirmed on Monday that the deal could be announced no later than Tuesday. ”We’re talking and we’re in negotiations,” Gentry said. ”You’ll have to run that by Dell (Demps).”
No one was more aware how important the Lakers were to the NBA than Stern, who once joked his ideal NBA Finals matchup would be “the Lakers versus the Lakers.” For all his contributions – Stern played a major part in making the NBA’s TV rights worth $2.6 billion – he has never heard the end of this … and shouldn’t … despite his insistence that he couldn’t reject a deal that never was. “What cancellation?” Stern asked recently, less than enchanted to be asked about it again five years later. “The GM (New Orleans’ Dell Demps) was not authorized to make that trade. And acting on behalf of owners, we decided not to make it. I was an owner rep. There was nothing to ‘void.’ It just never got made.”
Justin Verrier: Dell Demps on the competition(s) in camp with 15 guaranteed contracts plus Lance Stephenson: “We’re going to have to make a hard decision in the coming weeks. I think that it’s no secret. We’re not trying to hide from it. Some guys are competing for roster spots. Some guys are competing for minutes. We’re going to evaluate every practice, every game, every play. The key is not going to be who’s the best player, but the key’s going to be who’s the best player for us to be a good team.”
There has been a long running rumor that former Detroit Pistons executive Joe Dumars could eventually be brought in to oversee basketball operations for the Pelicans, but team sources continue to say there is an unwavering commitment to Demps internally. However, it was a really odd summer for Demps, and his status was considered up in the air for most of the offseason.