Jeff Van Gundy has emerged as a candidate for the New Orleans Pelicans’ head-coaching position, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com this week that the ESPN analyst has expressed interest in the opening and is under consideration for the job, which opened when the Pelicans dismissed Monty Williams earlier this month.
February 22, 2017 | 9:22 am EST Update
Marc Stein: I’ve also heard that Michael Reinsdorf, who’s Jerry Reinsford son and is basically in charge, doesn’t want to trade Butler under any circumstance.
Brian Robb: Full comments from @daldridgetnt on @NBATV on inclusion of Jae Crowder being a potential sticking point in Jimmy Butler negotiations
From a star at Duke, in the bastion of stability in Durham, North Carolina, to NBA limbo before his career had even gotten off the ground. The friend and mentor who’d acquired him on draft night was now gone, and there was a new sheriff in town—a grumpy, gravelly-voiced, take-no-prisoners sheriff. “It’s a great example of how nothing stays the same in the NBA,” one rival executive told Bleacher Report. “He could still be at Duke, and everything would be very calm, stable and known. And he probably would’ve ended up in the first round whenever he left. “Now,” the executive said, “he’s out in the choppy waters of the league.”
If nothing else, Jones has this going for him: Thibodeau is close with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski from their days together with USA Basketball. “Because of that,” one executive said, “Thibs will look out for him.”
February 22, 2017 | 7:53 am EST Update
The Cavaliers have been talking with the agent for free agent center Larry Sanders, league sources told Amico Hoops early Wednesday. Sanders is 6-foot-11 and last played with Milwaukee during the 2014-15 season. He is represented by Joel Bell. Sources said there is no deal yet between the Cavs and Sanders, but Sanders has made it known he would prefer to play for the Cavs over the other teams showing interest. More than 15 teams have explored signing Sanders so far this season, sources said. The Cavs want to take a good look at Sanders and likely intend to have him conduct a workout.