Report: Dumars Not In Pelicans Plans, Williams & Demps Likely To Stay
Rumors have swirled for the last week that Dumars, a Louisiana native, and friend of Pelicans executive and Saints GM Mickey Loomis, could be joining the Pels organization in the role Loomis currently holds, with the official title of head of basketball operations.
Loomis currently oversees general manager Demps and coach Williams.
Dumars spent 29 years with the Detroit Pistons organization, first as a player, then as a team executive, and eventually the team president. He won two titles as a player (1989,1990), and another as the team president in 2004.
The Advocate report quotes Pelicans/Saints senior vice-president of communications and broadcasting quelling the Dumars rumor.
“With so many questions surrounding the end of the successful Pelicans season and now Joe Dumars in particular, no job offer or position has been discussed with Joe regarding the Pelicans.”
“He is very close to our organization and our ownership and his he has our utmost respect.”
Pelicans front office likely to remain in place – The Advocate
Demps and Williams are both under contract next season, and the franchise has a team option to bring them back for an extra year on the contract in 2016-17.
New Orleans is coming off a 45-37 regular season, and their first playoff appearance in 2010-2011, the last year All-Star Chris Paul was a member of the franchise, and the first year of Williams and Demps’ tenure in New Orleans.