As the Cleveland Cavaliers adopt to a new regiment, inserting David Griffin as full-time general manager, Mike Brown has become victim to the change as, after one year on the job, Brown has been fired as head coach.
The Cavaliers now join a large group of teams who look to fill the head coaching position this offseason — the Lakers, Knicks, Pistons, Warriors, Timberwolves, and Jazz included. And according to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Cavaliers already have a preliminary list of candidates they plan to consider for the job, with assistant head coach in Alvin Gentry included.
And Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry, for that matter, is a very natural target for new GM David Griffin after their PHX stint together
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 12, 2014
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports spoke in a similar fashion of the Gentry-Griffin connection that took place in Phoenix.
The Cavaliers also announced David Griffin has been promoted to full-time general manager. Griffin will lead the search for a new head coach. Griffin has ties to two former Phoenix Suns coaches from his days in the Suns’ front office: Mike D’Antoni who just resigned as the Lakers’ coach and D’Antoni’s longtime assistant and eventual replacement in Phoenix, Alvin Gentry, who serves an offensive coordinator role for Doc Rivers’ staff with the Los Angeles Clippers.
While Doc Rivers gets the bulk of the credit in Los Angeles, Gentry’s impact shouldn’t go unnoticed. Brought in to fill the assistant head coaching position when Rivers was acquired, Gentry’s fingerprints are all over this offense. Rivers is best known for his managing of personalities, creating specified roles for his players, and defense, but offense, that’s never been his strong suite. That’s why Gentry was brought in, to create balance and improve an offense that relied solely on Chris Paul to create last season. And he’s done an excellent job with that as the Clippers finished first overall in offensive rating (109.4).
As the Clippers continue their playoff run, currently tied 2-2 with the Thunder in the Western Conference semi-finals, the odds of Gentry speaking with the Cavaliers at the moment. But once the season is over, if the Cavaliers call for his name, he’ll likely step away from his position with the Clippers to take the head coaching job with the Cavaliers, ones that could use all of the strengths that make him a hot commodity in the coaching ranks.