Dell Demps Thanks Pelicans Fans After Being Fired Following Anthony Davis Drama

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2019

New Orleans Hornets general manager Dell Demps takes the court before an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.  Demps has agreed to a new multiyear contract extension to remain with the club and see through the roster overhaul that he and coach Monty Williams have conducted in tandem during the past two seasons. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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Four days after being fired by the New Orleans Pelicans, former general manager Dell Demps took time to say farewell to the fans Tuesday. 

In a letter to the Advocate, Demps expressed his gratitude to the New Orleans fanbase and Pelicans management for his time with the organization:

"Dear New Orleans Pelicans fans:

"I want to thank you for supporting the Pelicans during my time as general manager of the team.

"New Orleans will always be near and dear to my family and me. It's a place that welcomed us with open arms and felt like home from Day One. The kindness and pride of the people, the food and the culture is second to none. NOLA is the city that my wife Anita and I watched our son Riley grow from a 10-year old kid to a high school graduate at Isidore Newman School.

"Pelican Fans, I will always remember the buzz in the arena during the playoffs when everyone wore red shirts and your passion inspired our team to victory. Through the highs and the lows, your love for the team did not go unnoticed.

"Thanks to the players. Thanks to the coaches, staff and front office. Thanks to all the people who worked at the Smoothie King Center. Thanks to all the people that worked behind the scenes.

"A special thanks to the Benson family, Mickey Loomis and Dennis Lauscha.

"But most importantly,

"THANK YOU New Orleans!"

The Pelicans announced a parting of ways with Demps on Friday following discussions between the two sides. His departure came after the team was unable to find a trade partner for Anthony Davis before the Feb. 7 deadline.

Per Marc Stein of the New York Times (h/t SI.com), the Pelicans hope to "re-engage" the NBA this week about possibly sitting Davis for the remainder of the season in an attempt to keep him healthy for a potential trade this summer. 

Danny Ferry, who had been with New Orleans as a special adviser since 2016, took over for Demps on an interim basis. 

New Orleans hired Demps as general manager in July 2010 after he served as vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs. He was tasked with running a franchise owned by the NBA until New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson purchased the team in April 2012. 

Under Demps' watch, the Pelicans won one playoff series in three appearances. He also traded All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers in December 2011 after former NBA Commissioner David Stern nullified a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Pelicans entered the All-Star break ranked 13th in the Western Conference standings with a 26-33 record. 

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