He could potentially return to that role with Griffin in charge.
Griffin's first order of business will likely be a trade of Anthony Davis.
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. It was with the Cavaliers that Griffin successfully brought LeBron James back to The Land, traded for Kevin Love, and helped construct the roster that captured an National Basketball Association championship in 2015.
Now Griffin will attempt to transform a franchise that went 33-49 this season and has slightly better than a 25 percent chance of landing a top four pick in the National Basketball Association draft lottery on May 14.
The position was given to Danny Ferry on an interim basis, but the former Cavaliers forward told Wojnarowski that he pulled out of the running to remain with the Pelicans on a full-time basis.
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Griffin's contract expired following the 2017 season and he left the team after he was unable to agree with owner Dan Gilbert on terms for an extension.
"If I was holding their cards, I would probably want to be in a situation where I got at least one young player that projected potentially to be a star", Griffin said in a January 29 segment on NBA TV. It will be interesting to see whether the deal ends up being similar in value to his demands while on air on NBA TV.
When he did play, it was rarely for much more than 20 minutes a game.
The second-year shooter reportedly wouldn't mind a trade to New Orleans, for what it's worth. He also has some playoff experience as a starter.