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Pelicans Expected to Hire Coach Willie Green

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New Orleans looks set to name the Phoenix Suns assistant as Stan Van Gundy’s replacement.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans appear to have found their next Head Coach with NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman reporting the franchise has selected Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green.

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.

The former point guard also enjoyed a 12-year playing career, spending time with the Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Hornets, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic.

The Washington Wizards are now the only team without a Head Coach after parting ways with current Portland Trail Blazers Assistant Coach Scott Brooks.