Casey Hill Rumors
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today the hiring of Bob Beyer, Casey Hill, and Rex Walters as assistant coaches, along with Corey Brewer and Beno Udrih as player development coaches. They join Assistant Coach Fred Vinson and Teresa Weatherspoon, who has been promoted to assistant coach, and Player Development Coach Darnell Lazare on Head Coach Stan Van Gundy’s staff. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“I am excited about our coaching staff,” said Van Gundy. “We have a great mix of background, experience, perspective and expertise. Four of our assistants have been head coaches at the professional or NCAA Division I levels. Five of our coaches played in the NBA or WNBA. Three coaches have institutional knowledge having worked for Griff, Trajan and current Pelicans players, while three others have worked with me and two bring us an entirely new perspective. I am looking forward to working with this staff to maximize the potential of our talented players.”
Livingston, who joined the NBA straight out of high school, spent much of his Clippers career playing behind or alongside veteran point guard Sam Cassell, soaking up as much knowledge as possible while he played catch-up in the weight room. Now an assistant coach under Doc Rivers, Cassell will pass on many of the same lessons to Gilgeous-Alexander as he did to Livingston. Gilgeous-Alexander has looked comfortable playing both on and off the ball in summer league and preseason. But with the Clippers’ current roster stacked with veterans, and with the franchise hoping to remain competitive this season, will the 20-year-old rookie be deprioritized, too? “With Doc [Rivers], everything is earned,” Clippers assistant coach Casey Hill told The Ringer in July. “You aren’t going to be given anything, especially as a rookie.”
The L.A. Clippers have hired renowned assistant coach Rex Kalamian as an assistant on head coach Doc Rivers’ staff. The team has also promoted Agua Caliente Clippers head coach Casey Hill to an assistant coach position on Rivers’ staff, where he will continue to contribute to the development of the organization’s young core.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Clippers are promoting Agua Caliente G League head coach Casey Hill to Doc Rivers’ Clippers staff, league sources tell ESPN. Also, Natalie Nakase will be promoted to Clippers player development staff.
It’s more common for big league teams to instill their trust in a big league assistant already on the staff. Plenty of NBA assistants set to run the show for their respective teams in Sin City (shout out to Jordi Fernandez of the Denver Nuggets and Pat Delany of the Orlando Magic, among others) already boast experience as G League head coaches. A few teams, however, are taking the chance to roll the dice on a minor league coach a step further, however. The Knicks (Mike Miller), the Clippers (Casey Hill), and the Pacers (Steve Gansey) are among the teams who will allow their affiliate’s head coach to lead the way during NBA Summer League.