Pistons hire Pelicans Trajan Langdon as president of basketball operations

Pistons hire Pelicans Trajan Langdon as president of basketball operations

New Orleans, Louisiana – New Orleans Pelicans general manager Trajan Langdon will reportedly take on a new role as president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that both sides are close to a deal soon. Langdon has spent the last five seasons with the Pelicans.

Detroit has been a beleaguered team the past few seasons, winning just 14 games last season and not making the playoffs since the 2018-2019 season. Langdon has some successful draft classes under his belt, with the selection of Zion Williamson, Trey Murphy III and Herb Jones. The Pistons hope Langdon can turn his fortunes around with similar results.

The Pistons have the No. 5 pick in this year’s NBA draft, plus cap space to make free agent moves. While the Pistons hold a key front office position, New Orleans must now fill the void left by Langdon’s departure. The Pelicans could promote assistant general manager Bryson Graham to Langdon’s former position. New Orleans can also look outside the building for a fresher perspective on competing in the Western Conference.

New Orleans finished with 49 wins last year, the second most in franchise history. Despite their record, the Pelicans had to fight in the Play-In tournament for the eighth place in the Western Conference playoffs. They were quickly swept in the first round by the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. The Pelicans have some key decisions to make this offseason, including extensions for Brandon Ingram and Trey Murphy III.