Scott Kushner: The Pelicans have known removing Demps was a move that was coming for several weeks, per a variety of sources . They initially hoped to do it at the end of the season.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry, a consultant for the Pelicans, and assistant GM David Booth are candidates to become interim GM, league sources said. For now, coach Alvin Gentry and his staff are safe, sources said. The organization has been pleased how he's navigated the team under difficult circumstances this season, and he's expected to finish out the season, sources said.
New Orleans owner Gayle Benson has been angry over the Davis trade demand and her belief that "outside forces" are trying to push the franchise into decisions that don't make sense for them, league sources said. Her mandate has been to "take back control from outside forces," one league source told ESPN. Benson has been adamant with the organization to find a pathway to sustainable winning in one of the league's smallest markets, and plans to be aggressive in pursuing the best available candidates to oversee basketball operations, league sources said.
Benson owns the Pelicans and New Orleans Saints NFL team, and had Demps reporting to Saints GM Mickey Loomis. The Pelicans are eager to conduct a search that will attract a top basketball executive who'll take on a more prominent role in the franchise. Benson is promising to pursue a top-level GM to revitalize a franchise that's coming to a crossroads with the Davis trade. Among preliminary possible candidates, league sources tell ESPN: Former Cleveland GM David Griffin.
August 5, 2021 | 6:55 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: Sources: The Wizards are rescinding Garrison Mathews’ qualifying offer, which will make Mathews an unrestricted free agent. The 24-year-old Mathews shot 38 percent from 3-point range last year and started 24 games as a two-way player.
Josh Halickman: Jacob Evans signs with Hapoel Eilat for the 21/22 season. The @GoBearcatsMBB guard was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and also played for Minnesota. Good Luck @JacobEvans_1 , Welcome to Eilat & Israel!
Tragedy has struck the Colorado men’s basketball family. According to a news release from the Department of Defense, Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Tresse King, the mother of former Buffaloes star George King, died on Tuesday while deployed in Kuwait. No details were released other than saying King died “in a noncombat-related incident” at Ali Al Salem Air Base.
King recently passed through Boulder while making his way to Portland, where he was set to play for the Trailblazers’ NBA Summer League team. Head coach Tad Boyle shared a lunch with King, and on Thursday on behalf of the entire program Boyle expressed his condolences to the King family.
August 5, 2021 | 6:29 pm EDT Update
Duane Rankin: #Suns, Frank Kaminsky III agree to a one-year, $2.1M deal according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein of @Priority Sports. Gives #Suns not only another big, but big who has played under Monty Williams in two seasons as #Suns coach. Great in locker room. Team guy. Has contributed.