It looks like the Dallas Mavericks aren’t the only team that has some concerns and distortions around their team, as the firing of head coach Stan Van Gundy after one year seems to be just the tip of the iceberg for the New Orleans Pelicans. Now their focus is shifting to their team or, being more specific, their young star Zion Williamson.
Zion has proved last year he was worth the hype, averaging 27.0ppg, 7.2rpg. 3.7apg on 61.1% from the floor and notching his first All-Star appearance. The Pelicans have committed to making Zion the face of the franchise alongside Brandon Ingram, but after a disappointing season, they will need to make some moves in order to compete for playoff contention in the tough Western Conference.
But a problem arises because the circle around Zion has been growing unhappy in New Orleans, as his family isn’t satisfied with how the Pelicans organization is handling him and the team. An article from The Athletic went in-depth, describing the situation with Zion and the Pelicans.
Apparently, Stan Van Gundy was the least of their problems, as the fact, the organization has missed with a lot of new players and failed to construct a decent team around last season has led to a couple of members of Zion’s family being frustrated with the state of the team, encouraging the possibility of him playing for another team.
The Pelicans organization has been the prime example of dysfunctionality lately, with numerous problems constantly happening. After all, JJ Reddick called them out publically after getting traded, while Van Gundy as an established coach, known for outstanding knowledge of the game and the ability to get the best out of his team with the X’s and O’s, didn’t sit well with the young core of the Pelicans. After all, Stan’s old-school tough mentality usually results in his players loving him or hating him. In this case, he didn’t get the team on his side.
The Pelicans have a busy off-season ahead of them, as they will first need to find a new coach that will manage to put Zion and Ingram in the right spots. Aside from those two, they have a couple of other key factors, like Lonzo Ball becoming free agents. They will need to decide which way they want to go. The main problem will be the situation with two of their veterans Erics Bledsoe and Steven Adams, holding up a good chunk of the cap space. A lot of work is waiting to be done in NOLA, but the primary task should be getting Zion on board, and his family satisfied. If not, they could lose out on their franchise player.
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