With many head coaching positions available throughout the league, Clippers assistant head coach seems to be drawing lots of attention from suitors according to Yahoo! Sports writer Marc Spears.
The first name shows up on Marc Spears’ list is the Utah Jazz. In fact, Spears reports Alvin Gentry will soon interview for the job.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday to see predraft workouts. The Jazz have already interviewed Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin, but have been deliberate in their process to hire a new head coach.
Another possible spot is Cleveland. After firing Mike Brown for the second time in the last five years, the Cavaliers position could be available to Gentry thanks to a connection in the front office.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have also contacted the Clippers about Gentry for their head-coaching vacancy, but an interview has not been set up, a source said. Gentry has ties to new Cavaliers general manager David Griffin when both worked for the Phoenix Suns.
Based on talent and what’s ahead in the NBA Draft, Cleveland stands to be a better option than the Utah Jazz. Cleveland has Kyrie Irving and the number one overall pick in the 20014 NBA Draft along with several trade pieces in Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, and several other young players on the roster. And being in the Eastern Conference, the chance at success is higher than that of a young team in the hectic Western Conference.
If Gentry chooses to forgo a head coaching position, the Warriors and Kings are an option if he chooses to be an associate head coach elsewhere.
Gentry is also receiving strong interest from the Golden State Warriors to be the associate head coach under new coach Steve Kerr. Gentry worked under Kerr when both were in Phoenix.
The Sacramento Kings have also contacted Gentry about their assistant coach position, a source said. Kings head coach Michael Malone never filled the position vacated by his father Brendan a week before last season.
The latter doesn’t make much sense here. For Gentry it’d be to remain on the Doc Rivers’ staff, join Kerr in Golden State or join Mike Malone in Sacramento. The former makes the most sense.
Regardless of who wants him, Alvin Gentry will have lots of options this offseason if he seeks to make a change. If Gentry agrees to a deal it’ll be sooner rather than later as the NBA Draft is closely approaching and he’ll be set to pick his guy rather than work with someone the previous regiment selected.
Only time will tell where Gentry’s head is at on all of this.