Pelicans dismiss Alvin Gentry as head coach
It’s official — the New Orleans Pelicans have officially fired Alvin Gentry as head coach.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news on Saturday afternoon.
New Orleans has dismissed coach Alvin Gentry, sources tell @_andrew_lopez and me.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 15, 2020
The Pelicans missed the playoffs after entering the 2019-20 season with high expectations. The selection of Zion Williamson in the 2019 NBA draft along with the nucleus of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and JJ Redick led people to believe New Orleans could be a dark horse.
That didn’t come to fruition, however, as the Pelicans 30-42 — four games out of the last playoff spot.
New Orleans officially announced Gentry’s dismissal just minutes after Wojnarowski broke the news.
“New Orleans Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin announced today that Alvin Gentry had been relieved of his head coaching duties.
I’m grateful for and appreciative of Alvin’s commitment to the organization and, most importantly, the local community,” said Griffin. “The city of New Orleans is richer because of his presence here. These types of moves are often about fit and timing, and we believe now is the right time to make this change and bring in a new voice.”
Gentry took over as the head coach of the Pelicans prior to the 2015-16 season and led them to one playoff appearance. He finishes his head coaching career in New Orleans with a 145-183 record in five seasons.
The Pelicans will now shift their attention towards hiring a new head coach. Executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin — who took over the position before the start of the 2019-20 season — is showing an interest in former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jason Kidd.
Clippers assistant coach Ty Lue and Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd are expected to be prime candidates for the Pelicans' coaching vacancy, league sources say, with Lue and Kidd also both on the Nets' list of prospective candidates when Brooklyn's search starts in earnest soon
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 15, 2020
Griffin and Lue previously worked together in Cleveland and led the franchise to its first title during the 2015-16 season.