Pelicans plan changes with new VP and Davis deal
It looks set to be a close season with a significant overhaul for the New Orleans Pelicans, as they plot their way back to the top after rising to the top of the draft lottery.
This means that they are expected to pick up Zion Williamson in the drafts, which happen on 20 June. Williamson has long been touted as a once-in-a-generation talent, and the Pelicans feel that this is the perfect time to put all their weight behind a series of strategic changes.
The first of these sees Swin Cash being brought in as vice president of basketball operations, while she will also look after player development and scouting.
Cash has had a chequered career in the WNBA, winning three titles, being a member of two national teams at UConn, and making the All-Star list four times. She gained experience as a development director for New York Liberty, and has also added punditry to her repertoire.
She becomes just the latest addition to the backroom at the Pelicans. They have also added a new head of training staff, poaching the Phoenix Suns’ Aaron Nelson. A new general manager was also arranged in the shape of Trajan Langdon from the Brooklyn Nets.
All of this is being masterminded by David Griffin, who was recently made the executive president of basketball operations for the Pelicans.
The question is going to be what they plan to do with Anthony Davis, as they amass a backroom capable of driving the team forward, and assemble a squad worthy of making the playoffs once again.
Griffin is known to be a smart dealer when it comes to making trades, and he is looking to widen the potential asset pool for Davis in a rumoured multi-trade deal that he is hoping to put together in the next couple of weeks.
Davis has made it clear that he wants to leave during this offseason, and the Lakers made the headlines for trying to tempt him over in January. However, the move backfired as it sapped their morale, with too many players thrown into a potential trade.
According to league sources, the Lakers are now rivalling the Clippers, Knicks and Nets for the chance to get Davis, but none of these teams necessarily have the players that Griffin wants to put alongside Williamson, which means that a multi-team trade seems most likely. If they play it right, they could put themselves in a strong position for next season.
Words: Noah Hart