HoopsHype Dell Demps rumors

May 21, 2014 Updates

Folks around the league have been wondering for weeks whether the team would bring back Dell Demps, the GM, for the final year on his deal after a disappointing 2013-14 season. The consensus is growing that Demps is likely safe, though ownership needs to see progress next season — and perhaps a playoff berth in the ultracompetitive West. But Demps and Monty Williams haven’t always seen eye to eye, according to several league sources, and ownership is more committed at this point to Williams as a long-term organizational pillar. Grantland

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NBA D-League President Dan Reed: You're seeing General Managers who have D-League experience get called up to the NBA. Dell Demps of the Pelicans was most recently the G.M. of the Austin Toros. Of course, that creates a cycle, as when more people with D-League experience go into NBA front offices, they're more likely to utilize the league. It's a really good time for the league, we're really thriving as a minor league for the NBA, and I still think our best days are ahead of us. Ridiculous Upside

November 22, 2013 Updates

New Orleans is another team that expected big improvement this season, and it has yet to materialize. Ryan Anderson returning to the lineup will provide a major boost, and it's too early to make any drastic moves. But if things don't turn around, league sources advise to keep an eye on GM Dell Demps, whose mishandling of the aborted Chris Paul-to-the-Lakers trade was as rough a rebuke as you could have for a GM. There's no quibbling with the Jrue Holiday trade, but the Tyreke Evans acquisition has the potential to be a destabilizing force in an otherwise positive locker room. CBSSports.com

September 17, 2013 Updates
July 13, 2013 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they have acquired 2013 All Star Point Guard Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson, the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, in exchange for the Pelicans first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, with whom they selected Kentucky F Nerlens Noel, as well as the Pelicans top five lottery protected first round selection in next year’s draft. “Jrue is the ideal fit for our team having already established himself as an All-Star guard at the age of 23,” said General Manager Dell Demps. “His leadership abilities also fit the culture we are developing for our franchise and he will be an integral addition to the Pelicans family for many years to come.” “We are very pleased with the opportunity to add a high character player with talent and experience to our roster like Jrue,” said Head Coach Monty Williams. “We believe he will be an integral part of our program and help us continue in the positive direction we are headed as a team.” NBA.com

July 12, 2013 Updates

“Jrue is the ideal fit for our team having already established himself as an All-Star guard at the age of 23,” said General Manager Dell Demps. “His leadership abilities also fit the culture we are developing for our franchise and he will be an integral addition to the Pelicans family for many years to come.” NBA.com

July 10, 2013 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans acquired guard Tyreke Evans from the Sacramento Kings and center Jeff Withey from the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team trade, it was announced today by General Manager Dell Demps. “We are very excited to welcome Tyreke and Jeff to the Pelicans organization,” said Demps. “They are both young, talented players that fit in our system and can contribute to the success of our team moving forward.” NBA.com

The New Orleans Pelicans acquired guard Tyreke Evans from the Sacramento Kings and center Jeff Withey from the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team trade, it was announced today by General Manager Dell Demps. “We are very excited to welcome Tyreke and Jeff to the Pelicans organization,” said Demps. “They are both young, talented players that fit in our system and can contribute to the success of our team moving forward.” In the exchange, the Pelicans dealt Robin Lopez and Terrel Harris to Portland and Greivis Vasquez to Sacramento. NBA.com

July 3, 2013 Updates

John Salmon, the agent for Knicks restricted free agent Chris Copeland, said he spoke with Pelicans general manager Dell Demps earlier this week but no offer was extended. Salmon said he doesn’t think the Pelicans are going to do anything else until Evans’ makes a decision.``We’ll see what happens, but they got to wait on Tyreke because they’ve already put out an offer sheet for him,’’ Salmon by telephone Wednesday.``They gave Tyreke a lot of money in his offer and I don't think they're going to do anything until he accepts or denies.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

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

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