Pelicans May Be Closing In On Jacque Vaughn As Next Coach

Nets assistant Jacque Vaughn is “gaining traction” in the Pelicans’ search for a new coach, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.Jacque Vaughn

The Pelicans are looking to replace Stan Van Gundy, who was let go after just one season with the franchise.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Vaughn and Bucks assistant Charles Lee had been scheduled for an interview with head of basketball operations David Griffin and the Pelicans.

Whoever is hired will serve as Zion Williamson‘s third head coach in his three pro seasons. Fellow Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram will have also played for three coaches in three years.

Vaughn, 46, has been an assistant with the Nets since 2016, serving as the interim coach in March 2020 until the end of last season. He served as coach of the Magic from 2012-15, compiling a 65-161 record. The Nets went 7-3 under Vaughn before being swept in the first round of the playoffs.

“I’m not saying he’s going to get his job because Charles Lee on the Bucks’ staff is also going to be a strong candidate,” Windhorst said of Vaughn on his podcast.

“The word coming out of Chicago at the draft combine is that Jacque Vaughn, who is close to (Pelicans GM) Trajan Langdon. … Jacque Vaughn is going to get a real serious look and has interviewed I believe with the Pelicans.”

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