Gerald Herbert, The Associated Press
New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca, bottom, passes the ball off against Denver Nuggets guard JaKarr Sampson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, March 31, 2016.
The Pelicans will hire Nuggets assistant coach Chris Finch in the same role, according to an ESPN report.
Finch was hired last August by Denver and worked one season as the team’s top offensive assistant, helping the Nuggets orchestrate one of the league’s top attacks. He joined the Nuggets after five seasons with the Rockets.
Finch is well regarded for his work with big men, and he’ll have a chance to make his mark with all-star frontcourt players Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans. The Pelicans were 26th in offensive efficiency last season.
Finch, 47, played college basketball at Franklin & Marshall College and then played professionally in England from 1993 to 1997 before beginning his coaching career overseas. He began working in the NBA with the Rockets in 2011.