Ferry, Zarren among candidates for Pelicans' GM vacancy

Sam Amico

Current interim general manager Danny Ferry and Boston Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren are among those being considered for the New Orleans Pelicans opening, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The Pelicans recently began their search for former GM Dell Demps' replacement. Demps was fired in February following the trade-deadline chaos surrounding Anthony Davis, the team's star big man. Davis requested a trade in January.

Along with Ferry, ex-Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin is believed to be in the running for the position. Griffin was Cavs GM from 2014-17; and Ferry held the position from 2005-10. He was GM of the Atlanta Hawks from 2012-14.

Menwhile, Zarren is second in command under Boston Celtics president/GM Danny Ainge.

Before that, Zarren was just a regular Joe. He grew up loving the Celtics as a fan, and went from season-ticket holder to unpaid intern. The Celtics media guide describes him “as one of the leaders in the field of advanced statistical analysis,” meaning Zarren is the Celtics’ salary-cap expert.

The Pelicans need to hire a GM to negotiate a deal centered on Davis. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will be in strong pursuit, with teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers also expected to try to make a run.

The Pelicans will also have a lottery pick in the NBA draft in June.

Davis, 25, shot down the idea that he has a preferred destination during All-Star Weekend, saying all 29 opposing teams are on his hypothetical “wish list.”