Scott Kushner: #Pelicans ownership/mgmt will obviously have final say, but those close to situation feel Demps will return. Press Conf on Mon.
Brett Dawson: Per a source, the Pelicans have NOT made a decision on the future of Dell Demps or any other part of basketball operations. (1/3)
Brett Dawson: As @Scott Kushner and I reported yesterday, been no indication that Demps will be fired. But a final decision has not been made. (3/3)
Brett Dawson: "Careful evaluation" of Pelicans operations still being made, as is the case after each season, a source said. (2/3)
There has been speculation since last week that Demps is on the hot seat and the franchise could move in a different direction. When a team official was asked on Wednesday if Demps was currently working on draft preparations his response was, "I don't know."
However, a source within the franchise last week denied a report from the Racine Journal that speculated former Detroit Pistons player and executive Joe Dumars could be hired by the Pelicans as their new president of basketball operations, replacing Demps. The report also speculated that Dumars would in turn hire current Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond to assume similar duties with the Pelicans.
Two of the more significant changes could involve Bucks general manager John Hammond and Bucks head coach Jason Kidd. A year ago, there was considerable chatter Hammond would move on, only to see him receive a one-year extension. But several NBA sources contend Hammond will soon be relocating to another zip code — either being fired or leaving on his own volition. Talk among some league officials is Hammond will end up in perhaps a similar position with New Orleans. The Pelicans figure to be doing some serious housecleaning themselves and hire Louisiana native, former Detroit Pistons “Bad Boy’’ and Hammond confidante Joe Dumars as the president of basketball operations.
October 20, 2021 | 9:27 am EDT Update
All eyes are on Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving now, but everyone from team executives to opposing players continues to monitor the Washington Wizards. “Almost every game we play, someone says something,” Bradley Beal tells me over the phone, regarding how often players recruit him to leave.
“It brings you back to college. Which school is the right school? Which team is the right team?” Beal says. “You love the fact that people see your game and would love to play with you. But it’s also tough on the back end, because you have no idea what you want to do.”
But that hasn’t stopped Beal from trying to recruit. Beal says he has shared his vision with other star players around the league about how they could fit in Washington next to him. He raves about the “freshness” of the team, with a new coach, a new system, and plenty of improving young players. Though selling Washington as most stars look to more glamorous markets has its challenges. “A lot of people seem to think D.C. is a small market, but I try to tell them it’s a big market,” Beal says. “It makes that part of recruiting tougher.”
“Shep played the hand he was dealt,” Beal says. “He had to clean up some things to shape it the way he wanted to and I’m definitely impressed with it. The way he made moves, he was able to save us without giving up crazy picks or assets to go get what we wanted.”
While Beal has been learning the dynamics of leading a team, the Wizards have already been giving him the privileges of the face of the franchise. Sheppard has kept an open dialogue with Beal about potential transactions, discussing some moves with him before they happen, including the Wall and Westbrook trades.
“I don’t worry about [the extension] because I’m very confident that Brooklyn is the place where he wants to be,” Tsai told The Post recently. “He wants to play with the top players, other guys like KD, Kyrie [Irving], so I don’t worry about it.
GM Sean Marks declined comment, but from ownership to the front office to his teammates, there is a confidence Harden has every intention of staying in Brooklyn. “You know, the reality is I haven’t thought much about it because James loves it here. He’s totally locked-in,” coach Steve Nash said when asked by The Post about Harden’s extension before Tuesday’s opener in Milwaukee. “So, while we would’ve loved to have signed him before the deadline, it was James’ prerogative when he re-signs.
“I think I embrace it. I came here and the city has embraced me,” Grant told The Detroit News. “The team, Troy, Coach Casey, they all looked at me and allowed me to flourish in this situation, so I’m just taking it in and trying to grow and be a better leader for the young guys.”