ESPN analyst and former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy is a candidate for the New Orleans Pelicans’ open head coaching position, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Van Gundy expressed interest in the job this week and is now under strong consideration, along with Golden State Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Gentry has already interviewed for the job opening in New Orleans, but nothing has happened yet with Thibodeau. With two years and $9 million left on his contract, the Bulls headmaster and front office are in a stand-off as they try to figure out how to proceed. The general consensus is Thibodeau is gone, but everybody is waiting to see how the exit happens.
Van Gundy hasn’t been a head coach in the NBA since he was on the Houston Rockets’ bench in 2007. He spent four years in Houston after seven years as head coach of the New York Knicks. He has a 430-318 regular-season record and 44-44 playoff record.