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May 21, 2015 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans might not have to do much courting with Golden State Warriors lead assistant Alvin Gentry, who has emerged as a leading candidate for the team's vacancy at head coach. Gentry, who was interviewed by Pelicans executive vice president Mickey Loomis and general manager Dell Demps on Monday night in San Francisco, believes the opportunity to coach star forward Anthony Davis could be career defining, according to a source close to Gentry. New Orleans Times-Picayune

''He's more than interested,'' the source said Thursday morning. ''He really believes that this is a job that would certainly define him as a coach because of the opportunity that it creates. ''Certainly this is one of those jobs that you feel is probably as good as any job available right now, no question. Even if there were no other jobs, it would still be the best.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

Former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he has not contacted by the New Orleans Pelicans for their vacant head coaching job. When asked if he has any interest in the opening, Jackson says he is happy with his job as an NBA analyst for ESPN. ''I'm having a time of my life calling these games,'' Jackson said during a conference call on Wednesday morning. ''It was a dream of mine to be a player, a coach and to be an announcer. I'm sitting beside friends for over 25 years, guys I respect and love. ESPN has been great to me and I'm enjoying what I'm doing and I have not been contacted. I'm having a blast announcing games.' New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 20, 2015 Updates
May 19, 2015 Updates

Given the opportunity to reunite with star forward Anthony Davis, Kentucky coach John Calipari has made it known to New Orleans Pelicans officials that he's interested in the team's vacant head-coaching job, a source close to Calipari said Tuesday. New Orleans Times-Picayune

League sources said the Pelicans are willing to pay around $4 million to $5 million per season for Monty Williams' successor. Williams was fired last week after five seasons at the helm. But Calipari makes about $8 million annually and recently agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2022, which he hasn't yet signed. The $3 million gap in annual compensation is a major sticking point for Calipari, who would also want input on the Pelicans' roster, according to the source. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Pelicans have invited Chinese forward He Tianju to attend the NBA Summer League in July with an eye on drafting him. He's Chinese club Liaoning published the invite letter from Pelicans's director of player personnel David Booth on Tuesday, asking the 24-year-old to train from July 3 and play in games in Las Vegas on July 11 and 21. WTAQ News

 

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