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What does David Griffin’s hire mean for the Celtics?

What does David Griffin’s hire mean for the Celtics?

It's unclear what title Griffin will hold, because, well, the two sides haven't agreed on that yet.

Well, for one, it definitely means that the Celtics are not going to swindle the Pelicans like they most certainly could have done with Demps or then-interim GM Danny Ferry.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry worked with Griffin with the Suns, and he interviewed Griffin for the Cavaliers' head-coaching job that eventually went to David Blatt. The highlights of his tenure included a trade that brought star power forward Kevin Love to the Cavs.

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Griffin has battled the injury for the past several weeks, getting pulled from the Pistons' second-to-last game against Memphis and missing the season finale against NY, games the Pistons needed to win - and did - to qualify for the last playoff spot. Griffin and team doctors will decide the best course of action when the season concludes. It will be interesting to see whether the deal ends up being similar in value to his demands while on air on NBA TV. He has gone 145-183 in the regular season and 5-4 in the playoffs.

"He's kind of been the guy who has let us grow", said Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, who is coming off the best season of his 10-year National Basketball Association career. He credited the Pelicans with fostering his development and said he's open to coming back.

The second-year shooter reportedly wouldn't mind a trade to New Orleans, for what it's worth. Payton missed much of the season with injuries, but also put together a historically significant string of five straight triple-doubles this spring.