The New Orleans Pelicans coaching staff could look noticeably different when the next training camp opens in September.
The Detroit Pistons have received permission to talk to Pelicans assistant coach Jarron Collins for their vacant head coaching position, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Collins is joining a long list of candidates, including the Milwaukee Bucks’ Charles Lee, Brooklyn Nets’ Brian Keefe, Toronto Raptors’ Adrian Griffin and Miami Heat’s Chris Quinn.
Collins has ties to Detroit’s existing roster, as he and James Wiseman were both with the Golden State Warriors for the 2020-21 season.
Collins had left the Warriors several years ago to pursue head-coaching and associate-head-coach opportunities around the league and was hired by the Pelicans a few months later as the lead assistant to Willie Green.]
There had been interest in Collins for head coaching and lead assistant positions previously.
Collins has interviewed for NBA head-coaching jobs with the Chicago Bulls in 2020, the Memphis Grizzlies in 2019 and Atlanta Hawks in 2018. He also turned down a lead assistant-coaching job under current Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins in 2019.
Collins first gained recognition on the Warriors for his player development work and then served as a defensive coordinator under Steve Kerr and Mike Brown in his last two seasons in Golden State.
During Collins’ time in New Orleans, the Pelicans saw their defensive efficiency improve in each campaign, going from 23rd during Stan Van Gundy’s lone season to 18th in 2021-22 to sixth last season.
Pelicans assistant coach Ryan Pannone accepted an offer to join Nate Oats’ coaching staff at the University of Alabama over the weekend.
Pannone spent one season on Green’s bench, having previously guided the Pelicans’ G League for three seasons as head coach. Prior to that, he garnered extensive experience coaching overseas in various capacities, including in Israel, Germany and China.