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May 18, 2015 Updates

New Orleans Pelicans president Mickey Loomis and general manager Dell Demps are meeting with Golden State Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry on Monday night in San Francisco, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Golden State granted permission for Gentry, the associate head coach, to interview for the head-coaching vacancy between playoff series, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

New Orleans has an interest in Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, but that intrigue belongs more with Loomis than Demps, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Thibodeau is waiting for the Bulls to initiate conversations about his future with the franchise, sources said. He has two years left on his contract. Loomis is an executive with the New Orleans Saints, and Thibodeau's tough-minded approach has an especially strong appeal to that part of the organization. Nevertheless, it is believed Demps is less inclined to want a strong-willed coach in the job, especially after so many internal battles with Williams. Demps was the driving force in pushing out Williams as coach, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

KC Johnson: Lot of chatter at draft combine that Pelicans would be hesitant to offer compensation for Thibodeau. Gentry interview supports that mindset. Doesn't necessarily mean Pelicans would hire Gentry obviously just that sentiment exists they'd rather wait to see what Bulls do first. Twitter @KCJHoop

The New Orleans Pelicans have ‎been granted permission to interview Golden State Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry for their coaching vacancy, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Gentry has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the position alongside Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who is widely expected to part company with the Bulls this offseason. ESPN.com

The Warriors, when asked about Gentry, declined comment Monday. It was not immediately clear how soon the interview will take place with the Warriors in the midst of a playoff run that pits them against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night. ESPN.com

Dwain Price: DeAndre Jordan becomes a FA on July 1 and can make $108.3 mill over 5 yrs with the #Clippers, or $80.7 mill over 4 yrs with other teams. If DeAndre Jordan decides to sign a FA contract with the #Mavs, they have an excellent FT shooting coach in Gary Boren who can help him. Rajon Rondo's FT% this season went from 33.3% in 22 games with the #Celtics to 45.2% in 46 games with the #Mavs. It was an improvement. Twitter @DwainPrice

Jeff Goodman: Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire is headed back to Memphis, sources confirmed to ESPN. First reported by @JasonScheer. Twitter @GoodmanESPN

Two NBA officials said they heard the Magic will be willing to pay Thibodeau anywhere from $7 million to $9 million annually. What’s more, they said Thibodeau will be accorded extensive input on basketball-oriented decisions. The 57-year-old Thibodeau, who has guided the Bulls to five straight playoff appearances, has two years left on his contract with the Bulls. But he reportedly has a strained relationship with management and their differences, some NBA officials insist, are irreconcilable. Racine Journal-Times

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