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.
October 26, 2016 | 6:08 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski on why the rumors about LaMarcus Aldridge’s future started in San Antonio: “I don’t know where that’s coming from. They’re in a ‘win now” mindset. … I’m not sure he’s ever really happy. He’s not happy in Portland because he doesn’t have a supporting cast. Then, they draft an All-Star point guard and he’s not happy…”
Weeks before free agency, several organizations explored Batum’s availability, including Dallas and New York. The Mavericks were anticipating the departure of Chandler Parsons, and the Knicks envisioned pairing Batum with Joakim Noah as free-agent additions to the starting lineup.
“There were options with other teams and different scenarios. But I tried to look at what suited me best, and look at this franchise long term. Having Kemba under contract, having MKG under contract, having Frank [Kaminsky] under contract, having Coach Clifford under contract, we have the same core. “Me personally, I won’t change my game. I got paid because I play a certain way, and especially with this team.”
“Portland was a great situation for me, because we were winning and everyone was together when we were,” Batum said. “I never thought about this bigger role. I loved my role, being the glue and creating for everyone. I love creating for others. We had Dame, LaMarcus, Wes. We had a great run together. When Wes went down the Achilles injury, it changed everything. That was the end for our group.”
Luol Deng believes Ingram will be “a great player in this league for many years.” Deng made the comments after Tuesday’s practice on the eve of Ingram’s first professional game. Here’s his full statement:
Dan Gilbert, the billionaire owner of the Cavaliers, said Wednesday he has donated $15 million to his alma mater, Michigan State. Gilbert and several representatives of the Michigan State athletic department announced the gift from the lobby of a building Gilbert owns in Detroit. The money will provide the final funds needed to complete a $50 million remodel of Breslin Center, home of the Spartans basketball programs.
On Wednesday night, we will be running an NBA 2K17 Opening Night simulation between us and the Wizards and streaming that simulation through the video game platform Twitch. The CPU vs. CPU simulation will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday night, exactly 24 hours before the two teams square off at Philips Arena. Fan can watch the simulation live here.