Stern: Pelicans' Demps a 'lousy general manager'
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Former NBA commissioner David Stern, reflecting on a 2011 proposed Chris Paul trade that he vetoed when the league was the interim owner of the then-New Orleans Hornets, said it has stood the test of time and that New Orleans general manager Dell Demps is “lousy” and poised to lose star Pelicans center Anthony Davis.
Stern, speaking in an in-depth interview with Sports Illustrated, said he didn’t do a good job of explaining his reasoning for the trade veto at the time.
“There was a trade that Dell Demps wanted us to approve, and I said heck no, but he had told Daryl Morey and Mitch Kupchak he had authority to do it and he didn’t,” Stern said of the Houston Rockets‘ general manager and the former Los Angeles Lakers GM. “I said no. We just settled a lockout and you want me to approve a basketball trade?”
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