Green is yet to be officially named to the role with the Suns currently ahead in the race for the 2020-21 championship.
Green has earned respect as an assistant coach with the Warriors and now Suns. He played 12 seasons in the NBA as a second-round pick turned role player, including one year in New Orleans. The Pelicans definitely need a fresh voice. Green would provide that.
But he’d also face immediate expectations. The Pelicans are trying to win quickly and appease Zion Williamson. This is a tricky job for anyone, especially a first-time NBA head coach. That said, there’s also a special opportunity with Williamson and a treasure trove of assets.
Green, who replaces Stan Van Gundy after a single season with the Pelicans, has served as assistant with the Suns and the Golden State Warriors where he was part of the 2017 and 2018 championship teams.