Report: Pelicans add defensive specialist Darren Erman to Gentry’s staff


UPDATE 9:04 a.m. ET: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that an agreement has been reached.

8:00 a.m. ET: Just hired coach Alvin Gentry is going to improve the New Orleans Pelicans offense — they will play faster and more on Anthony Davis.

But the Pelicans already had the eighth best offense in the NBA (going by offensive rating, meaning points per possession). The problem was their defense was 22nd.

That’s not Gentry’s strong end of the court, so the Pelicans are working to land him a very good, defensive minded lead assistant (one currently working in Boston), reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

The New Orleans Pelicans are in advanced negotiations to hire Darren Erman away from the Boston Celtics to serve as a defensive guru under new head coach Alvin Gentry, according to league sources.

Sources told that Erman, who was quickly snapped up by the Celtics after his controversial ouster in Golden State late in the 2013-14 season, has been targeted by the Pelicans as an ideal addition to an all-new coaching staff because of his defensive expertise to complement Gentry’s offensive creativity.

That controversial ouster was for him surreptitiously record conversations between the teams’ players and coaches. There was some real dysfunction going on in Golden State during the Jackson era.

That in no way changes the fact Erman is a good defensive coach and a bright young basketball mind who would fit well next to Gentry in New Orleans.