Griffin could add Redden to Pelicans management team
After meeting newly-hired New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin, you get the feeling that he arrived with a road map to success. Of course, he knows the path well, having won an NBA crown with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
Griffin stated that he wanted the ideal entourage moving forward, and title doesn’t matter.
“If the role of General Manager is what it takes to get the right people, then yes, we’re open minded to giving that opportunity to someone,” Griffin said in his introduction to the local media this week. But the crafty veteran executive has a design and schedule regarding where he’s headed.
Word on the street is that L.A. Clippers assistant general manager Trent Redden is a key target for Griffin to come join his front office here. Redden spent 11 seasons in Cleveland as a chief aide under Griffin before joining the Clippers in 2017. Viewed as one of the best young minds and office prospects in the NBA, Redden has demonstrated a keen eye for talent. He has been a hard working, diligent individual who knows what’s required to build a winner.
Much like David Griffin was, Trent Redden is in demand for other NBA openings.
Redden was a walk-on basketball player at SMU (2003-’05), earning a President’s Scholarship which included full tuition and fees. He graduated magna cum laude. He began with professional and college scouting in Cleveland. He showed persistence, interviewing three times before landing the job over 300 other applicants. In only his second season, he moved up to full time basketball assistant.
Longtime NBA writer Adrain Wojnarowski reported that Griffin was expected to be “aggressive” in pursuit of Redden. The ink is barely dry on his contract but Griffin has hit the ground running and has a definite plan to elevate the organization.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…