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Joe Dumars linked to Pelicans job

Joe Dumars could soon be heading home.

According to WDSU in New Orleans, the Louisiana native may be a favorable candidate to join the New Orleans Pelicans as a senior executive this offseason:

Dumars has become good friends with Saints and Pelicans executives Mickey Loomis and Greg Bensel, as well as Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Dumars accompanied Loomis to most of the Saints road games in 2014. A Pelicans source said “Loomis is carefully evaluating the basketball side and is taking his time, carefully evaluating all aspects of basketball operations.”

As the rumors persist, Pelicans Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel was sure to clarify that a job offer had yet to be presented.

“With so many questions surrounding the end of the successful Pelicans season and now Joe Dumars in particular, no job offer or position has been discussed with Joe regarding the Pelicans,” Bensel said. “He is very close to our organization and our ownership and he has our utmost respect.”

Dumars, of course, played a significant role in bringing three NBA championships to Detroit between 1989 and 2004. The Pistons won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990, with Dumars earning Finals MVP honors during their first title run.

Following his Hall of Fame playing career, Dumars took the reigns of the Pistons’ front office in 2000, quickly building from the bottom up, developing a team that would win a division title by 2002 and an NBA championship by 2004.

The mid-2000’s Pistons reached six consecutive conference finals before aging and questionable transactions began to overtake the organization, leading to Dumars’ resignation in 2014.

Dumars was previously linked to the New Orleans organization in 2014 as a potential general manager candidate. This time around, however, it’s believed that current Pelicans GM Dell Demps would retain his position, even in the event of Dumars’ hiring as a senior exec.

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