Report: Jason Kidd, Teresa Weatherspoon among top candidates for Pelicans head coach

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The New Orleans Pelicans enter a second consecutive offseason in search of a head coach after reportedly parting ways with Stan Van Gundy on Wednesday morning after just one season at the helm.

Naturally, after having conducted a search so recently, the Pelicans are expected to circle back on a number of candidates considered last offseason. Among those names that are expected to included, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, are Jacque Vaughn and Ime Udoka of Brooklyn, Charles Lee of Milwaukee and Jason Kidd of the Lakers.

A new name that is expected to be a key figure in the search this time around, per Will Guillory of The Athletic, will be New Orleans assistant coach Teresa Weatherspoon. The former WNBA star joined the Pelicans as a player development coach in 2019 before being promoted to an assistant coach under Van Gundy.

For the Pelicans and their current core, this will be yet another coaching change. In New Orleans alone, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram will be on their third coach in three years. Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, regardless of where they land, will be on their fourth coach in four years, as will Ingram including his season in Los Angeles as well.

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