The Pelicans enter the coaching market with the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls.
This will be an opportunity for Executive Vice President David Griffin to use the talented young Pelicans squad – including overall No. 1 pick Zion Williamson and All-Star Brandon Ingram – as the cornerstones to be aggressive in the market. training.
Among those coaches who should be part of the Pelicans’ search: Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, Clippers assistant Ty Lue and former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, according to sources. The Pelicans should also take an interest in Brooklyn interim coach Jacque Vaughn if the Nets decide not to hold him back, sources said.
Griffin (GM) and Lue (head coach) were with the Cleveland Cavaliers when the franchise won an NBA title in 2016. Griffin has a history with Kidd returning to their days with the Phoenix Suns.
Pelicans general manager Trajan Langdon was Brooklyn deputy general manager during Atkinson’s successful tenure.
New Orleans hired Gentry in 2015 as a Golden State coaching staff, fresh out of an NBA championship.
In Gentry’s five seasons, the Pelicans went 175-225 but were plagued with injuries often. Gentry was forced to use 140 combined starting rosters in five seasons. According to Elias’ sports office, that’s the most of any team in the past five seasons and 11 more than the closest team (Dallas).
In Gentry’s first season, he used 42 starting rosters – most in one season over the past five years, according to Elias.
The 175 wins put Gentry second all-time in Hornets / Pelicans franchise history, behind only Byron Scott. Gentry is also leaving as the only coach in franchise history to have a record for playoff wins (5-4).