Shams Charania: New Orleans has officially hired Suns assistant Willie Green.
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Christian Clark: David Griffin on the Willie Green hire: “Willie has established himself as one of the most respected assistant coaches in the NBA. In large part, this is due to a tireless work ethic and authenticity of character.”
This marriage, however, would not have been possible without Brooklyn assistant Jacque Vaughn removing his name from consideration for New Orleans’ vacancy. And while the appeal of keeping one’s kids in the same location plays a factor in many NBA parents’ career planning, league sources told B/R it was Vaughn’s negotiations with Griffin that derailed the Nets coach from joining the Pelicans.
In those talks, which included a dinner in Chicago, Griffin previewed the same level of influence he has utilized throughout the executive’s tenure in New Orleans, where members of Van Gundy’s coaching staff and Alvin Gentry’s before his often mentioned Griffin’s preferred involvement in areas such as minutes, rotations and skill development, primarily for the players he has drafted since 2019. With Vaughn, sources said, Griffin had specific ideas to fill out the coach’s entire assistant group, envisioning Bucks assistant Charles Lee as the associate head coach, plus a starting backcourt of Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis.
Christian Clark: Devin Booker on Willie Green becoming the HC in New Orleans: “We’ve been through a lot these last two years … spending a lot of time together. We’ve developed a relationship, and I respect him to the fullest. New Orleans is going to get a really good guy on their hands.”
Michael Scotto: Suns guard Devin Booker on Willie Green joining Pelicans: “I respect him to the fullest. New Orleans is going to have a really good guy on their hands that’s taking control and leading that group. Obviously, it’s always tough to lose somebody like that out of the organization.” pic.twitter.com/F4dd6i7F2F
Andrew Lopez: Sources w/ @wojespn: The New Orleans Pelicans and Willie Green are nearing completion on a deal that will make him the team’s next head coach. The deal is expected to be finalized this week.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Pelicans are planning to hire Suns assistant Willie Green. Green, 39, has played 12 NBA seasons and has developed a strong reputation across five seasons as an assistant, including two titles in Golden State.
Christian Clark: Every NBA head coach Willie Green played for: Randy Ayers, Chris Ford, Jim O’Brien, Maurice Cheeks, Tony DiLeo, Eddie Jordan, Monty Williams, Larry Drew, Vinny Del Negro, Doc Rivers, Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego
Adrian Wojnarowski: Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green has emerged as the strong frontrunner and the New Orleans Pelicans’ choice to become the franchise’s next head coach, sources tell ESPN.
Fletcher Mackel: I continue to hear from NBA sources Suns assistant coach Willie Green is the presumed next Pelicans head coach. While a deal is NOT done, plenty of mutual interest and I’m told, “Willie wants the New Orleans job and they want him.”
Marc Stein: Finals foes Willie Green (Phoenix) and Charles Lee (Milwaukee) remain prominent candidates in New Orleans’ coaching search after Jacque Vaughn withdrew from consideration, sources say. The Pelicans’ Fred Vinson also interviewed for the post. More soon: marcstein.Substack.com
When asked who he thinks should be the next coach, Van Gundy vouched for Pelicans assistant coach Fred Vinson, who would bring some stability to the fact that Williamson will be on his third head coach in three seasons and Ingram will be on his fourth coach in four years. “But if you stick with a guy like Fred Vinson, he’s been here even before Alvin Gentry,” Van Gundy said of Vinson, who has been with the Pelicans organization since 2010 under then coach Monty Williams.
Marc J. Spears: A good sign for Brandon Ingram’s future in New Orleans was him attending Game 5 of Clippers-Suns playoffs series with Pelicans GM Trajan Langdon. The Pelicans have several more interviews before hiring a head coach, a source told @TheUndefeated. Ownership hasn’t met a candidate.
It has been a little less than two weeks since Van Gundy and the Pelicans agreed to “mutually part ways.” Since then, the Pelicans have talked to a handful of candidates, many of whom they were familiar with from their search last year, and are in the process of completing in-person interviews. At this stage, there are two candidates who are viewed as the strongest contenders to get the job, league sources said: Brooklyn Nets assistant Jacque Vaughn and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Charles Lee.
One thing Vaughn and Lee share is that they have ties to the San Antonio Spurs. Vaughn played there for three seasons and then broke into coaching with them as an assistant. Lee played Summer League for the Spurs, which helped him get to know one of the team’s longtime assistants: Mike Budenholzer.
Highly successful rapper, actor, businessman and one-time NBA hopeful Master P has had his eyes on the Association for a long time. So when Stan Van Gundy was recently canned by the Pelicans, Master P (real name Percy Miller) said “pass me the application.” Speaking in a video released by TMZ, Miller says he wants the New Orleans coaching gig, saying it’s time for the NBA to embrace change among its coaching ranks:
And if Miller is hired? “We’ll win,” Miller said. “We’ll win and Zion will be happy. … I feel like motivating the players, understanding them, that’s the most important thing.”
In his first year as an assistant with the Clippers, Billups also recently interviewed for the Portland Trail Blazers’ head-coaching job and has drawn interest from several more teams with openings, including Washington, Orlando and New Orleans, sources told ESPN. Billups is a prominent candidate in the Blazers’ search, sources said.
Scott Kushner: Odds from BetOnline: Next New Orleans Pelicans Head Coach Ime Udoka – 4/1, Jacque Vaughn -5/1, Teresa Weatherspoon -5/1, Jason Kidd -11/2, Charles Lee – 6/1, Fred Vinson – 6/1, Terry Stotts – 7/1, Becky Hammon-9/1, Chauncey Billups -10/1, Wes Unseld Jr. -12/1, Jeff Van Gundy – 25/1
Two potential in-house candidates to replace Van Gundy are assistants Fred Vinson and Teresa Weatherspoon, though Griffin said during his news conference Wednesday that her candidacy was “premature.” If hired, of course, Weatherspoon would not just be the first woman full-time head coach in the NBA, but in any major American men’s professional sport. Outside candidates likely to get a look include Chauncey Billups, currently a Clippers assistant, and Jacque Vaughn, an assistant in Brooklyn.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Pelicans assistant Fred Vinson will get serious consideration for franchise’s head coaching job. Since 2010, Vinson’s worked under Monty Williams, Alvin Gentry and Stan Van Gundy, building a strong body of work within organization.
Will Guillory: Griffin says he spoke with Teresa Weatherspoon today. He said her candidacy is “premature” and people may have read too much into her being named the team’s Summer League coach.
Christian Clark: Pelicans interviewed 9 candidates for head coach last year. Team will look at several of those candidates again this year. Others not in that pool will be considered as well.
Will Guillory: Can confirm that Stan Van Gundy is out as Pelicans coach, first reported by ESPN. Sources say Pelicans assistant Teresa Weatherspoon is a serious candidate to be the next head coach in New Orleans.
Kevin O’Connor: Sources: Pelicans assistant coaches Teresa Weatherspoon and Fred Vinson are considered serious candidates to replace Stan Van Gundy.
Adrian Wojnarowski: In search for a replacement, Pelicans are expected to circle back among some candidates from a year ago, including assistants Jacque Vaughn and Ime Udoka (Brooklyn), Charles Lee (Milwaukee) and Jason Kidd (Lakers), sources tell ESPN.
Everyone has been talking about the New Orleans Pelicans and how head coach Stan Van Gundy almost came out of nowhere to land their head coaching job. Though not a lot of players in the current Pelicans roster know their newly acquired head coach on a personal level, it’s been reported that his former player in JJ Redick actually played a huge role in helping the front office in pursue the 61-year old head coach. “JJ Redick, I have been told, had a big role here.” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on ‘The Jump’. “JJ played for him [in Orlando], was a big part of the background and recruiting process.”
The New Orleans Pelicans have named Stan Van Gundy as the team’s head coach, it was announced today by Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin. Van Gundy becomes the seventh coach in Pelicans franchise history. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“We are delighted to welcome Stan, his wife Kim and their family to the New Orleans Pelicans,” said Griffin. “Stan’s track record of success as a head coach speaks for itself. His ability to teach while building genuine relationships was one of his many strengths that drew us to him. We feel like we are hiring one of the most accomplished leaders and authentic human beings in the NBA.”
“I am honored and excited to coach this talented group of players in New Orleans,” said Van Gundy. “This opportunity was one that I was really attracted to due in large part to David Griffin’s record of putting together highly competitive, talented teams in a great family atmosphere. When I got into the interview process and had a chance to meet with Mrs. Benson, Dennis Lauscha, Griff, Trajan Langdon, Swin Cash and the Pelicans front office, it became clear how committed and invested they are to winning. My wife Kim and I want to thank Mrs. Benson, along with Griff, Trajan, Swin and the front office for welcoming our family and entrusting me to lead this team. We look forward to working with this great organization and getting involved in the New Orleans community.”
“It is a pleasure to welcome Stan and his family to New Orleans,” said Pelicans Governor Gayle Benson. “Stan’s basketball acumen and record of accomplishment are a tremendous fit for this team right now. We look forward to Stan bringing a level of sustained success for our Pelicans on the court. I also want to commend David Griffin, Trajan Langdon, Swin Cash and the entire front office for the time and effort put into this comprehensive head coaching search.”
Van Gundy’s ability to teach was one of his most appealing attributes, per a team source, but New Orleans is also tired of being a doormat on the defensive end. It’s been a trait that’s stuck with the Pelicans even when incredible defenders such as Davis and Jrue Holiday led the team.
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.
Scott Kushner: Folks around the Pelicans have told me David Griffin was really impressed with SVG during interview process. I expect we’ll hear the phrase “phenomenal human” at some point during the press conference.
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN reporting with @_andrew_lopez : Stan Van Gundy has agreed to a deal to become the next coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Shams Charania: Sources: Stan Van Gundy agreed to a four-year deal to be the new Pelicans head coach.
Scott Kushner: I’ve been told by several people the discussions between David Griffin and Stan Van Gundy have gone very well, and there’s “an obvious mutual respect there”. This isn’t to say SVG is the front runner — but he’s clearly a viable candidate.
The Pelicans have four finalists for their head coaching job, including Stan Van Gundy and Ty Lue who are meeting in New Orleans with team officials this week and are seen as the expected choices to be offered the job. Two more finalists are expected to interview next week, sources said. Sources added Lakers assistant Jason Kidd is not part of the Pelicans’ process right now.
Van Gundy’s reputation as a teacher of the game in 11-plus seasons with the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons has made him a formidable candidate for a young Pelicans roster. The Pelicans — 30-42 and 13th in the Western Conference last season — have a young core that includes Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, as well as veterans Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick. The Pelicans are expected to be a team capable of making significant progress in the standings in the next few years.
The Ringer: Stan Van Gundy might be looking to get out of the commentary booth and back into the coach’s chair, per @KevinOConnorNBA.
Clevis Murray: Coaching possibilities: – Clippers could make a decision this week with Mike Brown as a strong possibility. – Jason Kidd is a candidate for the Pelicans job. – Mike D’Antoni is still a candidate for Pacers job. David Joerger’s interview wasn’t impressive.
Brian Windhorst on Pelicans coaching job: I have heard sort of an underrated name there: Will Weaver, who right now coaches the Sydney Kings of the Australian League. He was previously with the nets in the Long Island
Marc Stein: Tyronn Lue has completed sitdowns with the Clippers and the Pelicans about their coaching openings … and Lue’s interview for the Rockets’ coaching vacancy, league sources say, will now take place this week after it was moved from the weekend
Get Up: It is not a forgone conclusion that Ty Lue will end up as the Clippers’ next head coach, according to @wojespn. “I’m told he’s going to meet with New Orleans soon. Houston wants to talk him.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Houston and New Orleans are among teams planning to interview Clippers assistant Ty Lue in near future, sources tell ESPN. The Clippers are expected to begin meeting with coaching candidates soon — and Lue will be prominent in that search to replace Doc Rivers.
The New Orleans Pelicans are planning to interview Lue in the near future too, sources said. Lue and Pelicans Executive VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin have strong ties, most notably working together to win an NBA title in Cleveland in 2016.
The New Orleans Pelicans are planning to interview Lue in the near future too, sources said. Lue and Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin have strong ties, most notably working together to win an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
Rivers has also been contacted by the New Orleans Pelicans. However, sources say he appears to be happy living in Southern California. The Clippers also have to pay him for the remaining years of his contract. So he could opt to sit out next season with the uncertainty of the schedule.
Lue, a former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, has some options. The Clippers reached out to him Monday about being a candidate to replace Rivers, who is a close friend, according to sources. Sources added that representatives of the New Orleans Pelicans are scheduled to fly to the West Coast for an informal meeting with Lue on Friday. He’s also scheduled to interview for the Houston Rockets job next week. But Lue is interested in coaching the Sixers.
Marc J. Spears: New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers have already reached out to former Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in regards to their head coach openings, sources told @TheUndefeated.
David Griffin, the executive vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans, was spotted before the Pelicans’ exit visiting with the Clippers’ in-demand assistant coach Tyronn Lue. Griffin and Lue have a history, as the former general manager and coach of the title-winning Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, so the sight of former work colleagues spending time together on a campus that housed 22 N.B.A. teams is not notable in itself.
Lue, of course, has also been mentioned for months as a top candidate in the Nets’ looming coaching search. The latest rumbles in N.B.A. coaching circles suggest that the Nets or the Philadelphia 76ers are more likely landing spots for Lue than New Orleans despite his Griffin ties.
Lue’s price tag could price him out of a place like New Orleans, where league sources say the team is expected to spend about $5.5 million annually on its coach. Pelicans executives would not discuss their coaching search with The Athletic.
Had Lue not taken the job with Rivers on the Clippers, sources said, Lue may have been hired in New Orleans earlier this season. There were frustrations at Christmas time inside the organization with Alvin Gentry, sources said, though Gentry was allowed to stay on for the rest of the year because Williamson returned from injury, the Pels started winning, and there weren’t candidates on the open market to step in.
Among those coaches expected to be part of the Pelicans search: Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, Clippers assistant Ty Lue and former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, sources said. The Pelicans are also expected to have an interest in Brooklyn interim coach Jacque Vaughn, should the Nets decide not to retain him, sources said.
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Brandon Rahbar: Hearing from sources that the Lakers turned down an offer of SGA + the #6 pick in the draft for Kyle Kuzma.
This is a top-heavy class which means Barnes or Jalen Suggs could still be available with the fifth pick. Don’t be surprised if the Golden State Warriors make a move to trade up and snag either prospect remaining on the board. The cost be could a bit higher than they’re willing to pay but they’re undoubtedly going to explore a route to either prospect as both would fit well in their winning culture. If the Warriors are not able to trade No. 7 to move up, I wouldn’t be surprised if they trade down. I’d imagine the Memphis Grizzlies are a potential suitor. Golden State could then use No. 10 and No. 14 to select win-now prospects like Davion Mitchell and Chris Duarte.
I had a conversation with one scout yesterday who spoke to USA TODAY Sports Media Group on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on behalf of their team. They said Virginia’s Trey Murphy was the player who had helped himself the most during the pre-draft process. You can see why when you read my interview with Murphy — he has an excellent understanding of the game.
According to one prospect who recently spoke to For The Win, due to COVID-19 restrictions, those not invited to the green room are not allowed to come to the stage and shake the hand of the commissioner as they have been in years past. Regardless of who is actually in the building, however, it is certain to be an exciting and life-changing night for the next generation of NBA talent. Based on conversations I’ve had with scouts around the league, and from reports and tea leaves left in other mock drafts from trusted draftniks, below is how I project the events will unfold at Barclays Center and on ESPN and ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET on July 29.
Marc Berman: Mike D’Antoni enjoyed living in Brooklyn well enough. His decision to leave as Nets assistant to sit out a season speaks to challenges of managing a Kyrie Irving-Kevin Durant-James Harden triumverate
Christian Clark: Pelicans statement on Jaxson Hayes’ arrest: “We have been made aware of the incident involving Jaxson Hayes. We are working in conjunction with the NBA and Jaxson’s representatives to gather more information and will have no further comment at this time.”