Another New Orleans finalist – La Clippers assistant Tu Le – has a meeting scheduled for this week, sources told ESPN.
Van Gundy’s reputation as a teacher of the game in 11-plus seasons with the Miami Gun, the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons has made him a great candidate for a young Pelicans roster. The Pelicans – who finished 30-42 and 13th in the Western Conference last season – have a young core that includes Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, as well as veterans Junior Holiday and JJ Redick. The Pelicans hope to have a team capable of making significant progress in the standings over the next few years.
The 61-year-old Van Ghani holds a 523–384 (.577) regular-season record and a 48–43 (.427) playoff record in the NBA.
He led the Magic to the NBA Finals in the 2008–09 season.
Van Gundy’s four seasons in Detroit included a dual title as president and coach, and personnel decisions – particularly in the draft – played a role in limiting the team’s success. Nevertheless, Van Gandy held the Pistons to a high for several years in the 2016 playoff lottery with 44 wins.
After meetings with ownership and management on Monday, Lew’s candidacy has gathered significant momentum with the Houston Rockets, sources told ESPN.
Sources said the Rockets are competing for Xu with the Clippers and LA may try to pursue an offer before completing their search process.
Sources reveal that Lew and Stan’s brother Jeff Van Gandy are playing the lead roles in the Rockets.
Lew won a championship as the Cleveland Cavaliers coach in 2016, and he reached the NBA Finals in three straight years. He was fired after an 0–6 start in the 2018–19 season. Overall 128–83 and 41–20 in the playoffs.