Yesterday, the New Orleans Pelicans hired current Golden State Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry to be their new head coach next season. Marc Stein of ESPN first reported.
ESPN sources say the New Orleans Pelicans have chosen Alvin Gentry as their new head coach
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 30, 2015
Gentry has 20-plus years of coaching experience starting from assistant coaching with the Spurs in 1990. His last head coaching gig was with the Phoenix Suns, posting a 158-144 record from 2009-2013. His overall record as a head coach is 335-370 including with stints with the Heat, Clippers, Pistons and Suns mentioned before.
Pelicans will be the 5th team Alvin Gentry coaches (Suns, Clippers, Pistons & Heat). Gentry led Suns to Western Conference Finals in 2010.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 30, 2015
I think that this is a great fit for New Orleans. Gentry is an offensive-minded coach, no doubt helping the Warriors become the offensive threat they became this year and will no doubt in my mind develop Anthony Davis into even more of a dominant player. Marc Stein also reported that once the Warriors playoff is over Gentry will immediately take over the Pelicans.
Gentry’s contract, according to Adrian Wojnarwoski of Yahoo Sports, is a 4-year deal worth $13.75 million, with a $4 million team option in year four.