7:14pm: Pelicans spokesman Greg Bensel issued a statement saying that the team has not discussed a position with Dumars, nor has the franchise made him a job offer, Marc Stein of ESPN.com tweets.
1:06pm: Executive vice president of basketball operations Mickey Loomis and other Pelicans officials met with Joe Dumars multiple times this past fall to gauge the ex-Pistons executive’s thoughts on the Pelicans, a source told John Reid of The Times-Picayune. Reid confirms a report from Fletcher Mackel of WDSU-TV that the meetings took place during several road games for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints in 2014. It’s possible that the Pelicans will hire Dumars, but no such move is imminent, Reid and Mackel both write. Grantland’s Zach Lowe wrote Wednesday that Dumars remains in play for a supervisory role above GM Dell Demps.
Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher in January alluded to talk around the league that suggested owner Tom Benson was eyeing Dumars, a Louisiana native, but Bucher cautioned that there were no signs that Benson was definitively unsatisfied with Demps. The Pelicans have a team option on Demps for next season, but they’ve yet to exercise it, Reid notes. Benson sent a letter of congratulations last week to Demps, coach Monty Williams and their staffs after the end of a season that saw the franchise return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Demps denied a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports that the Pelicans gave him and Williams mandates to make the playoffs this year. Reid reported in March that the Pelicans planned to evaluate Demps and Williams at season’s end.
Dumars has long been friends with Loomis and Saints coach Sean Payton and has close ties to Pelicans officials, according to Reid. The Pistons said he would remain with the team as an adviser when his nearly 14-year tenure atop Detroit’s basketball operations ended last year, but his name isn’t listed among the basketball operations personnel in the Pistons media guide for this season.