New Orleans Pelican welcome their new head coach, Stan Van Gundy.
New Orleans Pelican welcome their new head coach, Stan Van Gundy. Image Credits : Twitter (@PelicansNBA)

Stan Van Gundy might be getting back into the coaching game.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Andrew Lopez of ESPN, the New Orleans Pelicans have chosen to hire the former Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, and Detroit Pistons head coach. New Orleans has been looking for a new coach since they parted ways with Alvin Gentry earlier this year following the team’s inability to make the playoffs.
Shams Charania of The Athletic confirmed the news, who noted that Van Gundy will receive a four-year deal.
Van Gundy was listed as one of the finalists for this position. It is unclear who the other three finalists were, but it has been reported that Tyronn Lue was one of them prior to his acceptance of the Los Angeles Clippers’ vacancy.
While it is not surprising that Van Gundy wanted to get back to coaching, he had found a niche as a broadcaster with Turner, both in-studio and as an in-game analyst, the latter of which led to him receiving plenty of praise.
Now, he’s returning to the league, where he will be tasked with moulding one of the brightest young rosters in basketball, especially the 1-2 punch of Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson. It also includes 2019 lottery pick Jaxson Hayes and the 2019 No. 17 pick, Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
New Orleans could opt to extend guards Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart once the league year begins; both of them took steps forward in their development last season.
To mix in with the budding talent, the Pelicans can lean on guards Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick, the latter of whom played for Van Gundy in Orlando.