David Griffin went with the impressive resume of an experienced NBA winner
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.
In a market that featured a number of highly-regarded assistants, VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin opted for a known commodity to guide one of the NBA’s youngest rosters.
Van Gundy, who last coached the Detroit Pistons from 2014-18, comes to New Orleans with a career record of 523-384, with eight playoff appearances in 11 full seasons.
His first playoff series win came at the expense of the then-New Orleans Hornets in 2004.
Van Gundy’s teams have won at least 50 games five times in his career. The Pelicans have one 50-win season in franchise history.