Dell Demps Rumors
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has added Dell Demps and Keyon Dooling to its coaching staff. “I was fortunate to work with Dell to begin my career as a head coach in professional basketball and I know he will delve into his role on the bench,” said Head Coach Quin Snyder.“ He has an incredible work ethic and commitment to his craft. His vast experience both as a player and in front office roles brings a unique perspective that will be invaluable to our team, we’re excited to welcome him to the Jazz.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: After leaving New Orleans in 2019, Demps decided he wanted to transition to coaching and spent time in Utah attending practices and meetings with Snyder and his Jazz staff. They were together with G-League Austin 2007-2010 and built a strong working and personal relationship.
He’s a liar. He was a liar. He just lied, man. He lied to me. Perkins is talking here about Dell Demps, the Pelicans’ general manager while Perkins was there in 2015-16. Perkins says Demps “told me when I got to the Pelicans ‘Wow, we never had a leader like you. I appreciate you, we want you to retire here, we want you to be here the next two or three years, blah blah blah.’” When Perkins’ contract was up that summer, there was no two-year deal for the vet minimum Perkins was hoping for. Only a call from Demps, who said, “I think we’re going to move in a different direction.”
Here are the real-life ramifications of Perkins’ Demps story. First, Perkins said both the Cavs and Thunder tried to trade for him at the deadline, and were rebuffed. The Cavs won the title; the Thunder blew a 3-1 lead to the Warriors in the conference finals. “If I was on Oklahoma City, we wouldn’t have blown that 3-1 lead,” Perkins insists. “There’s no way in hell we would have blown that. I’m not saying because of me playing, I am saying just my locker room presence. Then I think about it on the other hand — he cost me a championship.”