Jeff Van Gundy has been away from the sidelines for almost a decade now, but according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, he could make a return next season, as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.
‘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.
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.’
Monty Williams was fired last week, after taking the Pelicans to the playoffs for the first time in 4 seasons. JVG has also publicly declined to discuss the job opening, which is his standard policy whenever his name is linked to a specific team in the past.