The talk of Tom Thibodeau to New Orleans may be over before it ever really gets started.
Thibodeau, who was fired by the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, isn’t interested in the Pelicans job (or any other of the current available jobs), according to a report by columnist and former TV analyst Peter Vescey.
According to Vescey, Thibodeau doesn’t think Pelicans all-NBA forward Anthony Davis will stick around with the team once he becomes a free agent.
Davis is considered the main reason the Pelicans’ job is so attractive.
Vescey tweeted on Friday: “Tom Thibodeau has no interest, I’m told, in coaching Pelicans (feels Davis will leave when pact permits)…”
The tweet also mentioned that Thibodeau wasn’t interested in the Orlando Magic or Denver Nuggets jobs.
Thibodeau, who made the playoffs in each of his five seasons in Chicago, didn’t make any comments addressing the validity of Vescey’s tweet.
Thibodeau has long been considered one of the favorites to replace Monty Williams, who was fired on May 12 after five seasons in New Orleans.
He is considered one of the best defensive minds in all of basketball and has ties to Davis after serving as an assistant coach on the U.S. team that Davis played on at last year’s world championships.
Davis hasn’t made any public comments about the job search.
Davis’ agent, Thad Foucher, made his first comments about the hiring on Wednesday.
“Anthony is leaving all coaching decisions to the Pelicans’ management,” Foucher said.
In addition to his connection to Davis, Thibodeau was high on the list the last time New Orleans was looking for a head coach.
The franchise, nicknamed the Hornets at the time, was interested in Thibodeau five years ago when he was an assistant with the Boston Celtics.
Thibodeau wanted to wait until the end of the playoffs, but the Celtics reached the NBA Finals and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.
The then-New Orleans ownership didn’t wait and hired Williams.
Now they are looking to replace Williams in a search that is now in its third week.
The list of names has continued to grow.
Alvin Gentry, Jeff Van Gundy, Vinny Del Negro and Scott Skiles are among the names who have reportedly interviewed for the position.
Skiles, however, was hired as the coach for Orlando Friday.
Gentry is associate head coach at Golden State, which reached the NBA Finals that start on June 3.
Van Gundy, the former coach of the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets who currently works as a TV analysts for ABC and ESPN, will be broadcasting the NBA Finals.
Pelicans general manager Dell Demps, who is heading up the search, hasn’t given a time table for when a hire will be made.