Pelicans tab Stan Van Gundy as head coach—report
Stan Van Gundy has agreed to become the next head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, ESPN reported on Wednesday.
The Athletic reported that Van Gundy will sign a four-year deal with the Pelicans.
The reports come one day after the Indiana Pacers came to terms with former Toronto Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren on their vacant head coaching position.
The Pelicans met with Van Gundy, 61, last week for the head coaching position that was vacant after the team fired Alvin Gentry in August.
New Orleans lost six of eight games in the bubble to finish the season with a 30-42 record, good for 13th in the Western Conference.
The Pelicans’ coaching vacancy, however, is intriguing thanks to young talent such as 2019 No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, 20, and NBA Most Improved Player Brandon Ingram, 23. New Orleans also has the 13th overall selection in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft.
Van Gundy has 12 years of experience as a head coach: three years in Miami, five in Orlando and four in Detroit. His most successful run came with the Magic, whom he led to a 259-135 mark from 2007-12 while guiding the team to the playoffs each season. The 2008-09 Magic advanced to the NBA Finals.
Overall, Van Gundy is 523-384 in his career with eight playoff appearances in his 12 seasons. His last season was 2017-18, when he led the Pistons to a 39-43 record. Van Gundy was also president of basketball operations in Detroit.