NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Danny Ferry spoke Monday night before the Pelicans’ game against the 76ers for the first time since being named interim general manager of the team and placed a clear emphasis on the team competing in every game, despite Anthony Davis’ impending departure.
“First of all, the focus is to compete,” Ferry told FOX Sports New Orleans’ Jennifer Hale. “We want to go out and play hard every night and those guys; Cheick, Frank, Kenrich, Jahlil - that young group of guys have really been a big part of us going out and competing every night. It’s really been anchored by Jrue. Jrue is the ultimate professional. It’s been a great experience for me to get to watch him over the last few years but really in this situation, he’s really led the group by example and it’s been huge.”
As for Ferry, his position is not permanent but he is approaching the job with a thorough plan for the future “I’m trying to be around the team as much as I can and the players and the coaches, along with the scouting staff and the front office group really has to be focused on going forward as well. It’ll be a big draft coming up here, free agency, there’s a lot in front of this organization that needs to be ready in any way it can.”
The team’s future appears to be tied to the new face of the franchise, Jrue Holiday, who has shined amid the turmoil “Jrue is a great professional, one of the best in the league in that regard and everyone knows what a great two-way player he is and the Pelicans are really fortunate to have him.”
The Pelicans can not trade Davis until the new NBA year begins in July.