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Willie Green could soon be named next head coach of New Orleans Pelicans

The current assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns is close to being named the 8th head coach in New Orleans franchise history

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Phoenix Suns assistant coach Willie Green could soon be named the next head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Unlike the Stan Van Gundy hire close to a year ago, today’s news isn’t out of left field. Green has steadily been gaining traction behind the scenes as the favorite to fill the New Orleans head coaching vacancy.

Seemingly the only question remaining to be answered is, when will the formal announcement come from the Pelicans?

With the Suns and Milwaukee Bucks still in the midst of settling the 2021 NBA Finals, it’s quite possible that we may have to wait for this series to conclude. However, given the number of leaks over the past few days, there’s a growing chance that the Pelicans may decide to announce Willie Green as their head coach in the very near future and then hold an introductory press conference once the Phoenix’s season is over.

The Suns currently lead the Bucks 2-1, with Game 4 scheduled for this upcoming Wednesday.

New Orleans may soon have another reason to cheer for Phoenix to win the next NBA championship.

Stay tuned!

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