​The new head of the Anthony Davis negotiations? Well, it's none other than LeBron James' well-respected old GM from his Cleveland days!


​David Griffin, whom the Phoenix Suns (​or even the Los Angeles Lakers!) certainly should have foisted a large quantity of money upon, will instead head to New Orleans to control basketball operations for a Pelicans team with one monster move to pull off in the months to come, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

​​Griffin is as savvy and well-respected as they come in the NBA, and it's been unclear to most of the observing public why he was even out of a job this long.


Moments later, Woj clarified what he was hearing about Griff's expected title:

Just because the two parties have a previous relationship, this of course does not ensure that Davis will be heading to join LeBron in Los Angeles; after all, Griffin won't let sentimentality get in the way of obtaining the strongest package possible for AD, and that likely doesn't come from the slightly-damaged Lakers.

Griffin spent 2014 to 2017 as Cleveland's GM, orchestrating by far the most successful period for the franchise, even attempting to ​add Kevin Durant before he exited stage left. Los Angeles certainly should have taken a closer look at this hire as well, but that's all over now. Griff is headed to NoLa.