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.
May 28, 2017 | 2:41 pm EDT Update
But some people wonder whether the Celts will be able to keep all their desired pieces together as Thomas, Avery Bradley and others come up for renewal in this new marketplace. “Yeah, we can fit everybody in,” said Ainge. “But, listen, those are questions that I don’t even have answers for yet. That’s part of the difficult puzzle that is all hard. All I’m saying is those are things I have to worry about that even I don’t like to think about. And I know that those are going to be difficult decisions at some point. But we want to keep Isaiah. All I know is that he’s had an amazing year, and who doesn’t want Isaiah Thomas on their team? Like, you’ve got to be kidding me.”
Ainge laughed at public concern that Thomas will be too expensive. “Why do the fans need to worry about how much money he makes?” he said. “I can understand if Isaiah and his wife and his agent are worried about that, but I don’t understand why that’s a conversation that needs to be had in the media.”
“Listen, Isaiah has had one of the most impressive seasons in Celtics history in so many ways with what he was able to accomplish,” Ainge said. “I don’t know why people can’t see that. I don’t know why that then all of a sudden they have to jump to the next question of is he as good as Larry Bird or Bill Russell. Why can’t we just enjoy the fact that he had a great year? I don’t understand the world that we live in. I get asked everywhere I go, ‘Who’s better, Michael Jordan or LeBron James?’ And nobody knows the answer. Everybody has an opinion, but there is no definite answer. They’re both great. Why can’t we just enjoy them both?”