Jacque Vaughn was the leading candidate to become head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, but sources tell Bleacher Report that it was his negotiations with David Griffin that derailed the possibility of him joining the franchise. Vaughn removed his name from consideration citing wanting to remain close to his family.
With Vaughn, sources said Griffin had specific ideas to fill out the coach’s entire assistant group, envisioning Bucks assistant Charles Lee as the associate head coach, plus a starting backcourt of Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis.
“He wants to have some level of involvement in every decision,” one Pelicans voice said.
When Vaughn withdrew, the Pelicans eventually hired Willie Green as head coach.