Jeff Van Gundy was the early frontrunner to become the next Rockets coach.
The Pelicans reportedly agreed to a deal with Stan Van Gundy as the franchise’s new head coach on Wednesday. Interestingly, just prior to the league’s restart inside the bubble in Orlando, Van Gundy appeared on The Lowe Post with ESPN’s Zach Lowe to talk about the Pelicans Grizzlies. Specifically, the two dedicated an entire segment to Lonzo Ball’s strong season prior to the bubble. Van Gundy talked about Ball’s season at length, a quote that is even more illuminating now that he is the head coach of the team.
After a lengthy, lengthy search process, the Pelicans have found their new head coach. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Andrew Lopez reported that the franchise had agreed to a deal with Stan Van Gundy. Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the deal with Van Gundy is a four-year contract. According to Wojnarowski, the Pelicans were sold on his abilities as a teacher with a young roster, his history of building top defensive teams and his vision for the roster in place