Tuesday afternoon Zach Lowe of Grantland, perhaps the best NBA writer on the web right now, put together a list of six teams that have some soft of front office chaos going on. Lowe listed the six teams in order of job appeal, with number six being the least appealing and number one being the most appealing if it were to come open.
At the top of the list was the Pelicans and in his write up Lowe shined some light on how things may break if the 2014-2015 season goes south for the Pelicans.
Folks around the league have been wondering for weeks whether the team would bring back Dell Demps, the GM, for the final year on his deal after a disappointing 2013-14 season. The consensus is growing that Demps is likely safe, though ownership needs to see progress next season — and perhaps a playoff berth in the ultracompetitive West.
But Demps and Monty Williams haven’t always seen eye to eye, according to several league sources, and ownership is more committed at this point to Williams as a long-term organizational pillar.
The interesting part of this is that ownership is committed more to Williams than Demps, mostly because that commitment probably won’t matter if Demps is sent packing and a new general manager is brought in. In most cases new general managers want their own guy in the coaching spot, someone who they share the same philosophies on player development, play style and anything in between so that clashes are avoided. By being committed to Williams ownership could be cutting down the list of potential Demps replacements which doesn’t seem very smart with such an appealing job.
Of course with rumblings that Demps might not be safe comes rumors of names that may replace him. According to Lowe there are two names right now that fit that bill in New Orleans, former Pistons GM Joe Dumars and Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks. Lowe mentioned that neither potential candidate has actually talked to the Pelicans about the job but that Dumars goes way back with new Pelicans owner Tom Benson and Marks is a well-respected individual around the league.
With Demps seemingly safe for the year this all may be a moot point, but it is something to watch, especially when someone as well-respected and good at his job as Lowe mentions it.
The rest of the article was quite good so if you have some time be sure to check it out here.