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New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps met with Jeff Van Gundy on Tuesday in San Francisco, league sources confirmed. Yahoo Sports was the first to report Van Gundy had a formal interview with the Pelicans. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Pelicans’ coaching search is gathering momentum, a process that included a formal interview Tuesday with Jeff Van Gundy, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Van Gundy, one of the NBA’s top available coaches, and New Orleans officials met in the Bay Area to discuss the opening. The sides had spoken over the phone, but this was the first face-to-face meeting, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

For now, New Orleans officials and Van Gundy are beginning the process of getting to know each other. Van Gundy had traveled to the Bay Area for his role as a television analyst for the Western Conference finals. Yahoo! Sports

Other teams have moved on or, at least, have given the appearance of moving on. There are still those around the league who feel that New Orleans and Orlando want Thibodeau and have come up with candidates like Scott Skiles for the Magic and Jeff Van Gundy (Thibodeau’s friend and mentor) for the Pelicans in order to spook the Bulls into simply letting Thibodeau go. If their new candidates are decoys, that’s a high-stakes game of chicken for the Pels and/or Magic. Either way, whether by straight firing or some form of trade, Bulls players are expecting to call a new guy “coach” next season. Sporting News

It has been three weeks since the New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Monty Williams and there has only been one acknowledged interview, of Golden State Warriors' assistant Alvin Gentry. Meanwhile, two candidates, former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy and Kentucky coach John Calipari have contacted the Pelicans to relate their interest in the positions. But no hire seems imminent at this point. New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 24, 2015 Updates

The Celtics gambled on freshman James Young in last year’s draft and he spent most of his rookie season in the NBADL, contributing little to the Celtics’ playoff run. The ABC television analyst duo of Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, both former head coaches, tackled the question of drafting for the present or for the future. “I think one thing you have to have is great and realistic ownership, outstanding management, and outstanding scouting departments because there’s coaches in this league, you don’t get to see as many of these guys live or, you know, you’re worried about the team that you’re coaching,” Jackson said. “So you’ve got to trust the scouting department and trust people. Different teams have the luxury of where they can wait on guys, and there are teams obviously in this lottery this year that need immediate help. So it’s important to understand that you’re not going to turn a franchise around with a lottery pick, whether it be a No. 1, a No. 7, what have you, immediately. Boston Globe

May 23, 2015 Updates

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. ESPN.com

Van Gundy joins Golden State associate head coach Alvin Gentry and Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as confirmed candidates for the position, according to NBA coaching sources. Gentry is the only candidate known to have formally interviewed for the post, with sources saying the uncertainty surrounding Thibodeau's contractual situation with the Bulls has prevented the Pelicans and Orlando Magic from formally requesting to interview him. ESPN.com reported Monday that the Pelicans had been granted permission to interview Gentry before the Warriors began play in the Western Conference finals. ESPN.com

KC Johnson: With @Marc Stein reporting Jeff Van Gundy interested/in running for Pelicans job, the non-Bulls market getting more crowded for Thibodeau Twitter @KCJHoop

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Although sources have not confirmed, potential candidates for the Pelicans' vacancy could include former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, Warriors current lead assistant Alvin Gentry, Pacers assistant and former Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, former Sacramento Kings and Pelicans assistant Mike Malone, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin,University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets Jeff Van Gundy. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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