Amar’e Stoudemire rejoining Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv is a matter of time, according to Israeli outlet ONE. Stoudemire, 37, helped the Israeli powerhouse to its latest domestic championship earning the Finals MVP honors. He has agreed to terms for a second stint, notes the report. Both sides expressed willingness to renew their contract after the late conclusion of the 2019-20 season last July, and a few months forward are projected on the same track.
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October 21, 2020 | 2:23 pm EDT Update
Stan Van Gundy has agreed to a multi-year deal to become the next head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Van Gundy, the former Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons head coach, becomes the seventh coach in Pelicans’ franchise history. The Pelicans and Van Gundy’s representative, Brain Elfus, reached agreement on terms Wednesday morning, according to sources.
As New Orleans’ front office navigated the coaching waters, Van Gundy’s reputation as a teacher of the game in his 11-plus seasons as an NBA head coach stood out – teaching that will become key as New Orleans attempts to make the leap with a young roster. Van Gundy’s teams also have always stood out on the defensive end. In the 11 seasons he finished as a head coach, Van Gundy’s teams were in the top half in the NBA in defensive rating 10 times – including his last three seasons in Detroit. His teams finished top 10 in defensive rating eight of those seasons.
Van Gundy will be expected to help guide the young Pelicans through their growing pains and into the playoffs. New Orleans has only made the playoffs in two of the last nine seasons with only a single series win – a first-round sweep over Portland in the 2018 playoffs.