Longtime NBA executive Dell Demps is transitioning into coaching, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports that Demps has agreed to join the Jazz as an assistant on Quin Snyder‘s staff (Twitter links).
A former NBA player, Demps joined the Spurs’ front office following his retirement and eventually moved to New Orleans, where he was hired as the Pelicans’ general manager in 2010, assuming control of the team’s basketball operations department. He was let go in 2019 and replaced by David Griffin.
As Wojnarowski explains, Demps decided after leaving New Orleans last year that he wanted to try coaching — he has since spent time in Utah attending practices and meetings with Snyder and the rest of his staff.
Snyder was the coach of the Austin Toros, San Antonio’s G League affiliate, from 2007-10 when Demps was still with the Spurs, so the two men have a strong, long-standing relationship, according to Woj.
Demps will help fill the gap created on Snyder’s staff by the departure of Johnnie Bryant, who accepted a job with the Knicks under Tom Thibodeau.