New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - The New Orleans Hornets have given general
manager Dell Demps a multi-year contract extension.
Terms were not disclosed.
Demps is beginning his third year as the club's general manager and has the
team off to a 3-3 start heading into Friday's game against Oklahoma City.
"I would like to thank (owner) Mr. Benson, his family and Mickey Loomis for
their faith and confidence in me with this great commitment," said Demps in a
statement Friday. "I love the city of New Orleans and am fortunate enough to
be surrounded by great people that make us a great organization. I look
forward to working with coach Monty Williams and producing a team to make the
people of New Orleans proud to call their own."
The Hornets were 46-36 in Demps' first season as GM, then underwent a complete
transformation last year after losing forward David West to free agency and
trading guard Chris Paul to the Clippers.
New Orleans finished 21-45 during the lockout-shortened campaign. The Hornets
had a pair of top-10 picks in the 2012 draft and selected Anthony Davis first
overall before choosing Austin Rivers with the 10th pick. They currently have
one of the youngest teams in the league, with their average age being just 24
"Dell has a bright future ahead as the GM of our team and Mr. Benson and I
couldn't be more impressed with the track this team is on and are excited
about the future," said Hornets executive vice president Loomis. "He has
helped shape this organization with the current team of young, talented
players and we look forward to seeing the growth of the franchise during this
exciting time for the franchise."
Demps played three years in the NBA with Golden State, Orlando and San
Antonio, while also spending time overseas and in the CBA during his 10-year
His front office career included time as the director of pro player personnel
with the Spurs and the general manager of the organization's D-League team,
the Austin Toros.
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