Source: Assistant Beyer leaving Kings for Pelicans job


Luke Walton will have to fill an opening on his coaching staff.

Bob Beyer, who spent the 2019-20 NBA season as an assistant coach for Walton, is joining Stan Van Gundy's staff with the New Orleans Pelicans, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports California's James Ham on Saturday night.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported news of Beyer leaving the Kings.

This will be Beyer's third tour of duty working for Van Gundy, who he previously worked for in Orlando (2007 to 2012) and Detroit (2014 to 2018).

Between stints with Van Gundy, Beyer worked as an assistant for the Warriors in 2012-13 and the Charlotte Bobcats in 2013-14.

Beyer came to the Kings from the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he spent one season as an assistant coach for Billy Donovan.

With Beyer reportedly leaving the Kings, Walton's staff consists of associate head coach Alvin Gentry and assistant coaches Jesse Mermuys and Roy Rana. Sacramento also has five assistant coaches for player development and one advance scout/assistant coach.

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Van Gundy recently was hired by the Pelicans after they fired Gentry following his fifth season as head coach.

It remains to be seen if Walton and new general manager Monte McNair will promote a player development coach to assistant or hire a more experienced coach from outside the organization.