Pelicans to hire Stan Van Gundy as next coach

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The New Orleans Pelicans are set to hire Stan Van Gundy as the franchise’s next head coach.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.

Van Gundy who last recently served as coach of the Detroit Pistons in 2018 has compiled a 523-384 record as a head coach.

The hire comes after the Pelicans parted ways with former head coach Alvin Gentry who spent the past five seasons in New Orleans and compiled a 175-225 record, while guiding the franchise to one playoff appearance.

New Orleans finished last season 30-42 and Gentry was fired in August after New Orleans ended its stint in the NBA’s bubble with a 2-6 record, and were eliminated from playoff contention.

Van Gundy inherits a roster that includes rookie of the year candidate Zion Williamson and a group of other young players including Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Jaxson Hayes.