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New Orleans Pelicans Reportedly Make Decision On Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy reacts to a play.

AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Stan Van Gundy of the Detroit Pistons reacts on the bench while playing the Houston Rockets at the Palace of Auburn Hills on November 21, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Houston won the game 99-96. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Stan Van Gundy's stint with the New Orleans Pelicans is over after just one season. Moments ago, ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski announced that Van Gundy has been relieved of his duties.

Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin has been talking with Van Gundy for weeks about a potential split. The two sides finalized that split on Wednesday morning.

In his only season as the head coach of the Pelicans, Van Gundy had a 31-41 record. Despite all the talent on their roster, the Pelicans were unable to make the playoffs or play-in tournament.

Now that Van Gundy is out, New Orleans will have to search for a new head coach for the second offseason in a row.

Wojnarowski said the Pelicans may circle back to some of their coaching candidates from last year's search, such as Jacque Vaughn, Ime Udoka, Charles Lee and Jason Kidd. New Orleans could also hire an in-house candidate to replace Van Gundy. Marc Stein of the New York Times is reporting that assistant coach Teresa Weatherspoon is going to be considered for the job.

All that matters now is that New Orleans picks the right candidate for the job. It can't afford to waste another year of Zion Williamson.

The Pelicans are the fifth NBA team to fire their coach this year, joining the Celtics, Magic, Pacers and Trail Blazers.