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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

But this delay isn't some leverage ploy or negotiating tactic. If the Bulls, whose second-round pick coincidentally is headed to the Magic, wanted a second-round pick, they would buy one. This is, after all, a franchise that ponied up $3 million to move up and acquire Luol Deng's draft rights in 2004 and paid an undisclosed amount to do the same for Nikola Mirotic in 2011. No, this decision is way above getting, say, a second-round pick from the Pelicans or Magic. Especially because sources indicate the Magic's interest in Thibodeau has been way overstated, if not nonexistent to this point. And Yahoo Sports reported the Pelicans' interest in Thibodeau lies more with team President Mickey Loomis than general manager Dell Demps, who, the website reported, fired strong-willed coach Monty Williams in part over internal battles. Chicago Tribune

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

May 22, 2015 Updates
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

 

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