New Orleans Pelicans hire Langdon to be their new GM
The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Anchorage’s Trajan Langdon as the team’s general manager, putting him in position to be in charge of making the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
He joins the Pelicans after serving as assistant general manager for the Brooklyn Nets since 2016. He also served as general manager of the Brooklyn’s NBA G League affiliate and was recently named the 2018-19 NBA G League Basketball Executive of the Year after Long Island tied for the G League’s best record (34-16), earning the franchise’s first postseason berth as the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the G League Finals.
Langdon, of East High fame, previously worked one year as director of player administration and basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He began his front office career with the San Antonio Spurs, serving as a pro scout from 2012 to 2015, and was a member of the team’s front office during their 2014 championship season.
The 43-year-old is among a small group of Alaskans working in the front office of a major professional team.
Juneau’s Talisa Rhea is the assistant general manager of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and Talkeetna’s Tom Allison is the vice president of player personnel of the MLB’s Seattle Mariners.
Langdon played collegiately at Duke where he left as the school’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made and was a First-Team All-ACC selection (1997-99) and consensus Second-Team All-American (1999).
New Orleans owns the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft and is expected to take Zion Williamson of Duke.