Just a few days before the NBA draft, the Pelicans continue to stack up their front office with talent, adding former WNBA and Connecticut superstar Swin Cash as VP of Basketball Operations and Team Development — making her the first high-ranking African-American woman in an executive position with the league.

Cash said she was sold on the idea of joining the Pelicans because she was hired on her merits, with her gender not a part of the review process.

“I was evaluated and talked to because of my basketball background, because of my skill set,” Cash said. “For me that was much appreciated, and I would be remiss, or a little naive, if I didn’t see the importance of being a woman and women of color and what that reflects outwardly. There are lots of women who’ve been in roles and thriving and I’m just happy to be here. I’m happy to be here in New Orleans to be that next one that’s up on deck.”

David Griffin, the Pelicans’ new executive vice president of basketball operations, said Cash was a perfect match because she has the kind of history and character that is required to win.

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“Winning is a frequency and you don’t learn how to tune to it unless you’ve had to do it,” said Griffin during a conference call Tuesday. “Swin knows how to find that frequency. She’s found it on every level of basketball. She understands how to help people see that and because of that, I know unequivocally she knows that championship frequency, she knows that thought process.”

Cash, 39, brings extensive on- and off-court experience to the Pelicans. She played in the WNBA for 15 seasons, won three league titles and made four All-Star teams. She was a member of the 2000 and 2002 national championship teams at UConn. Cash is one of two players in WNBA history with 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in her career. She also assisted Team USA in securing two gold medals at the Olympics (2004, 2012).

After retiring with the Liberty in 2016, Cash was quickly promoted to a front-office position as director of franchise development. Cash has regularly appeared as an analyst on, among others, Turner Sports and CBS Sports Network and boasts a sizable following on social media with 65,000 Twitter followers.

When the news broke of her hiring late Monday evening, it was no surprise Twitter was abuzz and her fan base and sports friends, including Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas and sports analyst LaChina Robinson, chimed in to publicly congratulate her.

Tennis great Billie Jean King also joined the celebration.

“So thrilled for Swin Cash on her new senior front office role,” King tweeted. “She is a champion on the court and off, and is an outstanding addition to the organization.”

The Liberty made a statement via their official Twitter account, writing: “She’s a true representation of ‘everything earned, nothing given’ and will be a great asset to the Pelicans organization and New Orleans community.”

The Pelicans hired Aaron Nelson, formerly of the Suns’ training staff, as the vice president of player care and performance on May 8. A week and a half later, Nets assistant GM Trajan Langdon was hired away as the Pelican’s new GM.

Asked if the public can expect a transaction involving Anthony Davis before the draft, Griffin said there are no major moves to expect.

“I don’t anticipate anything of major significance other than the meeting with Zion [Williamson, the expected No. 1 draft pick] and his family. I am open-minded, I think we all are, there’s a point at which we act and if things evolve in such a way where it is relative to Anthony Davis or any other part of the organization, we will,” Griffin said. “But we’re not in a hurry to do anything and we don’t feel there’s a time sensitivity to anything that we’re talking about that includes AD’s desire to stay or not stay. It’s not something there’s a shot clock on.”

The Pelicans won the draft lottery last month, securing the number-one overall pick.

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