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Sources: Pels OK’d to talk job with Clips’ Redden

The New Orleans Pelicans have been granted permission to discuss a senior front-office role with LA Clippers assistant general manager Trent Redden, league sources told ESPN.

New Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin and Redden worked closely together with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where they were a part of winning the 2016 NBA championship.

In his introductory news conference Wednesday, Griffin said his plan would be to prioritize the hiring of talented executives over filling specific roles and titles.

Around the league, it had been presumed that Griffin would be aggressive in finding a way to reunite with Redden, a well-regarded front-office executive.

Redden has been an assistant GM with the Clippers since shortly after his departure from Cleveland in 2017. When Griffin didn’t come to terms on a new deal to stay on as the Cavaliers’ top basketball executive, Redden left the organization soon after.

Redden worked his way up from an intern to a top front-office executive in his 11 years with the Cavaliers.

Clippers GM Michael Winger is expected to interview with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the franchise’s president of basketball operations role, sources said. Lawrence Frank is the Clippers’ president and top basketball decision-maker.

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