The Celtics’ efforts to land Anthony Davis this summer may have gotten a little more complicated. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans fired general manager Dell Demps Friday. The organization reportedly wants a new person to oversee the Davis situation, which is the most critical decision in franchise history.
Owner Gayle Benson, who also owns the Saints, is peeved over Davis’ trade demand, Wojnarowski reports.
“Her mandate has been to ‘take back control from outside forces, a league source told Wojnarowski. “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.”
New Orleans didn’t deal Davis at the trade deadline, leading many to believe the Celtics are now in control of the publicized chase, given they can offer the Pelicans far more than the Lakers.
But with Benson seemingly taking an aggressive approach, maybe getting a trade done for Davis will be more complicated than originally thought. He’s signed through 2020, meaning the Pelicans have him under control for one more season.
Danny Ainge always creates flexibility, so the Celtics aren’t entirely hitched to Davis. It’s a good thing, too, because Demps’ firing is a reminder of how much things can change over a multi-month stretch.