Jeff Van Gundy Reportedly to Coach USA Basketball's World Cup Qualifying Team

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 23:  ESPN basketball analyst Jeff Van Gundy during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals at Toyota Center on May 23, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Jeff Van Gundy will return to the coaching ranks to lead a United States qualifying team ahead of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday.

According to Wojnarowski, the team Van Gundy is tasked with coaching will be made up of professional players who don't play in the NBA.

USA Basketball announced in October 2015 that San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich would succeed Duke Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski in charge of the senior men's national team.

The structure of 2019 World Cup qualifying creates the need for a team made up of non-NBA players because many qualifying games will fall during the NBA regular season. The first round of qualifying begins Nov. 20, 2017, and the next round is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2018.

While Van Gundy has worked 11 years in the NBA as a head coach, he hasn't had a coaching job since the Houston Rockets fired him after the 2006-07 season.

Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler reported in January 2016 the Washington Wizards had Van Gundy on their radar as a possible replacement for Randy Wittman. They ultimately hired Scott Brooks in April 2016.

His work with the national team could be a good audition for Van Gundy in the event he wants another opportunity in the NBA.

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