The New Orleans Pelicans have decided to fire general manager Dell Demps on Friday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The final straw came on Thursday night when Anthony Davis left the final game before the All Star break with a slight shoulder injury. Moments later, Davis left the arena before the game ended. It was the last layer in a tumultuous season for the Demps and the Pelicans.
Earlier in the month, reports were clear about the Davis trade situation. If Demps dealt the Pelicans star to the Lakers he would have been fired, according to Stephen A. Smith. Now, it seems like he was going to be fired either way. Meaning, owner Gayle Benson is attempting to change the way things are run in New Orleans.
Clearly, head coach Alvin Gentry was frustrated with the whole situation last night. His frustrations boiled over after a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The win pushed the Pelicans to (26-33) and six games out of the final playoff spot. Right now, it looks like a long shot to make the postseason, but they should be in the mix with an engaged Davis.
Instead, Davis has caused more problems than solutions, especially this season. It didn’t help matters when the NBA forced the Pelicans to play Davis once the deadline passed last week.
In the end, Demps became a scapegoat because of their hand being forced by Davis. Now, the Pelicans will be in the same spot in the summer. The big question is- what will their goals be for an impending trade?