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Stan Van Gundy is meeting with New Orleans Pelicans officials on Tuesday, emerging as one of four expected finalists for the franchise’s coaching job, sources told ESPN.
Another New Orleans finalist — LA Clippers assistant Ty Lue — has a meeting set for this week, too, sources told ESPN.
Van Gundy’s reputation as a teacher of the game in 11-plus seasons with the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons has made him a formidable 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 Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick. The Pelicans are expected to be a team capable of making significant progress in the standings in the next few years.
Van Gundy, 61, has a 523-384 (.577) regular-season record and 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