Former New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has agreed to join the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN.
Former New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has agreed to join the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach, reuniting with Quin Snyder, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 25, 2020
Demps, who was the Pelicans GM for nine years, is taking a drastic career change after two decades as a front-office executive.
After leaving New Orleans in 2019, Demps decided he wanted to transition to coaching and spent time in Utah attending practices and meetings with Coach Quinn Snyder and his Jazz staff. Both Demps and Snyder were together in the G-League with Austin from 2007 to 2010 and built a strong working and personal relationship.
Prior to his career as a front office executive, Demps had an eight-year playing career that included NBA stops with Golden State, Orlando and San Antonio, and several seasons overseas and in the old Continental Basketball Association.
The Jazz are also hiring former NBA guard Keyon Dooling in a player development role, 'Woj' reported. Dooling played parts of 13 years in the NBA, and collegiately for Snyder at the University of Missouri.
Both of these hirings come after the Jazz lost assistant coach Johnnie Bryant to an associate head-coaching role with the New York Knicks.