The New Orleans Pelicans have dismissed the NBA rumor that has swirled within the week that they would be hiring Joe Dumars to replace Dell Demps as the team’s president for basketball operations.
It was reported that there would be a major shakeup within the Milwaukee Bucks that would have involved John Hammond leaving the Bucks to take the position at the Pelicans new general manager and The Journal Times reported that the move will also see Joe Dumars replacing Demps in the Pelicans’ front office, but the Pelicans has issued a statement that Dumars is not an option if they were to replace Demps.
John Reid of the Times-Picayune writes that Dumars was reportedly spotted with his long time friends Pelicans vice president/basketball operations Mickey Loomis and Saints coach Sean Payton.
It was stated that Loomis met several times with Dumars during the Saints’ road games back in 2014 and it was also a time to gauge Dumars’ opinion about the Pelicans, but according to sources, Loomis stated that when the Pelicans have no interest in hiring Dumars.
The 52-year old Dumars is no stranger to holding an executive role in an NBA team as he became the Detroit Pistons president of Basketball Operations before the 2000-2001 season. It was at that time that the Pistons would quietly build its team and Dumars would be named as the NBA’s Executive of the Year in the 2002-2003 season.
Under his guidance the Pistons would then go on to win the 2004 NBA Championship and became the 2005 NBA Eastern Conference champions – a rare feat considering that the players on the roster were disregarded by other franchises. During his watch, the Pistons would record its best regular-season record in franchise history with a 64–18 win-loss record.
The Pistons made it to the Eastern Conference Finals six straight years from 2003 to 2008 and the streak would come to an end in the 2008–09 season when the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Pistons in the first round of the Playoffs.
On April 14, 2014, the Pistons announced that Dumars would step down as President of Basketball Operations, but remained as an advisor to the organization and its ownership team. In his 14 years as President, Dumars guided the organization to a 595–536 (.527) regular-season record, 73 playoff wins, six Eastern Conference Finals appearances (2003–08), six Central Division titles, two Eastern Conference Championships (2004, 2005), and the 2004 NBA Championship.
If those credentials are not worthy of any credit, then the rumors circulating is by far true that the Pelicans are looking for somebody else to man the front office.
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