The New Orleans Pelicans, looking for a potential spark for their All-Star frontcourt duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, are closing in on the hire of Denver Nuggets assistant coach Chris Finch, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Pelicans have pursued Finch to add his offensive brainpower to head coach Alvin Gentry’s staff after announcing earlier this week that both Gentry and general manager Dell Demps will return next season.

The Pelicans are hoping Finch’s arrival will provide an offensive boost to capitalize on the myriad but unique skills possessed by Davis and Cousins at a time when 3-point shooting is emphasized over size with more NBA teams than not.

In his debut season with the Denver Nuggets on the staff of Mike Malone, Finch had an impactful hand in the Nuggets’ dramatic offensive improvement starting in mid-December, when highly skilled big man Nikola Jokic became the playmaking focal point of Denver’s attack.

Finch previously worked as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets for five seasons before spending last season in Denver and served as the head coach for host Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


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