Hornets give GM Demps extension

The New Orleans Hornets have given general manager Dell Demps a multi-year contract extension.

Terms were not disclosed.

Demps is beginning his third year as the club's general manager and has the team off to a 3-3 start heading into Friday's game against Oklahoma City.

"I would like to thank (owner) Mr. Benson, his family and Mickey Loomis for their faith and confidence in me with this great commitment," said Demps in a statement Friday. "I love the city of New Orleans and am fortunate enough to be surrounded by great people that make us a great organization. I look forward to working with coach Monty Williams and producing a team to make the people of New Orleans proud to call their own."

The Hornets were 46-36 in Demps' first season as GM, then underwent a complete transformation last year after losing forward David West to free agency and trading guard Chris Paul to the Clippers.

New Orleans finished 21-45 during the lockout-shortened campaign. The Hornets had a pair of top-10 picks in the 2012 draft and selected Anthony Davis first overall before choosing Austin Rivers with the 10th pick. They currently have one of the youngest teams in the league, with their average age being just 24 years old.

"Dell has a bright future ahead as the GM of our team and Mr. Benson and I couldn't be more impressed with the track this team is on and are excited about the future," said Hornets executive vice president Loomis. "He has helped shape this organization with the current team of young, talented players and we look forward to seeing the growth of the franchise during this exciting time for the franchise."

Demps played three years in the NBA with Golden State, Orlando and San Antonio, while also spending time overseas and in the CBA during his 10-year career.

His front office career included time as the director of pro player personnel with the Spurs and the general manager of the organization's D-League team, the Austin Toros.