The New Orleans Pelicans dismissed mentor Alvin Gentry, the group declared Saturday afternoon.
Soon after a disappointing overall performance in the NBA’s Orlando restart, the franchise moved speedily on Gentry’s removal. Gentry experienced 1 12 months remaining on his deal.
The Pelicans go into the coaching market with the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls.
This will be an opportunity for govt VP David Griffin to use the Pelicans’ proficient younger roster — like No. 1 over-all select Zion Williamson and All-Star Brandon Ingram — as cornerstones to be aggressive in the coaching marketplace.
Among the all those coaches envisioned to be part of the Pelicans search: Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, Clippers assistant Ty Lue and previous Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, sources reported. The Pelicans are also envisioned to have an fascination in Brooklyn interim mentor Jacque Vaughn, need to the Nets make a decision not to keep him, sources explained.
Griffin (GM) and Lue (head coach) were being alongside one another with the Cleveland Cavaliers when the franchise received an NBA title in 2016. Griffin has history with Kidd back to their times jointly with the Phoenix Suns.
Pelicans GM Trajan Langdon was the assistant GM with Brooklyn in the course of Atkinson’s successful tenure.
New Orleans hired Gentry in 2015 from Golden State’s coaching team, refreshing off an NBA championship.
In Gentry’s 5 seasons, the Pelicans went 175-225 but were being generally beset with injuries. Gentry was pressured to use a merged 140 beginning lineups in 5 seasons. According to the Elias Sporting activities Bureau, that is the most of any workforce in the earlier five seasons and 11 extra than the up coming-closest team (Dallas).
In Gentry’s initially season, he utilized 42 setting up lineups — most in any a person season about the earlier five yrs, according to Elias.
The 175 victories places Gentry second all-time in Hornets/Pelicans franchise history, trailing only Byron Scott. Gentry also leaves as the only coach in franchise history to have a successful file (5-4) in the playoffs.