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Report: Jazz to interview Clippers assistant Alvin Gentry; Cavaliers, maybe Memphis interested too

May 21, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

Alvin Gentry

Alvin Gentry is going to have options.

The former NBA head coach spent the last season as Doc Rivers’ lead assistant with the Clippers, his primary duty being directing what became the league’s best offense, but as the NBA coaching carousel cranks up Gentry has a few teams knocking on his door, wanting to talk.

First up is the Utah Jazz, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports.

Los Angeles Clippers associate head coach Alvin Gentry is expected to soon interview for the Utah Jazz’s head-coaching vacancy, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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.

Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin — who worked with Gentry when both were in Phoenix — also has contacted Gentry and wants to set up an interview.

Spears had reported earlier in the day that if current Memphis coach Dave Joerger bolts for Minnesota — there will be an interview this week — Gentry would be on the Grizzlies’ short list as well.

If none of that pans out, both Golden State (next to Steve Kerr) and Sacramento would like to poach Gentry as their top assistant coach. Of course, Doc Rivers wants to keep him around, too.

It’s good to have options.

Gentry has 12 seasons experience as a head coach, having spent time in the big chair in with the Clippers and in Phoenix, plus he has done interim stints in Miami and Detroit. He has a career .475 winning percentage, and is known for coaching up-tempo offenses (a little pace is something the Jazz could use).

  1. duhwighthoward - May 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    How do bad coaches stick around forever?

    I went to so many Clippers games when he coached, and he had the worst lineups. He would always put in three point guards at the same time.

    He stunk in Phoenix too. I couldn’t believe it when I saw him back on the Clippers bench this season. I thought, “Didn’t they fire him?”

  2. onebigredrocket - May 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Skip on by Utah. Thanks!

  3. jerdogthompson - May 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Yeah duh, real bright comment there Einstein. The number 1, let it sink in, NUMBER 1 offense in the league. How many games did you go to again? I suppose there’s a higher spot than NUMBER 1? Based upon many of your other posts I had you pegged to be a bit brighter but nonetheless here we are.

    #InDocwetrust

  4. jerdogthompson - May 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    My bad slightly, however, AG was largely in part responsible for the up tempo offense this year. I’m giving back a partial credit on the last comment.

    #InDocwetrust

    • bkbell3 - May 21, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Yes, and that number one offense is on the same fishing boat along with so called offensive genius mike NO-D’Antoni sitting with their poles in the water while chuck,shaq and kenny crack jokes.

  5. csbanter - May 22, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Didn’t the Cavs and Jazz respectively just fire Gentry ? Corbin and Mike Brown.

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