Looking to fill out their coaching staff, the Sacramento Kings have reportedly reached out to Los Angeles Clippers’ associate head coach Alvin Gentry:
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.
Reaching out to Gentry is a great idea as he’s one of the best at his respective position, but it seems highly unlikely that Gentry would accept the job with better options on the table.
Per Marc Spears, Gentry will soon interview for the Utah Jazz head coaching position. Alongside Utah, the Cleveland Cavaliers are also expected to express interest in the assistant head coach. Even the Golden State Warriors possibly want in as Spears reports they would offer the associate head coaching position to Gentry.
Of the four teams mentioned, the Cleveland Cavaliers presents the best opportunity for Gentry if he decides to leave the Clippers. Not only are the Cavaliers in a much weaker conference in the East, they have a star in Kyrie Irving to build with. In addition to Irving, the Cavaliers hold the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft along with other solid pieces to compete with in Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, and Anthony Bennett, the Cavaliers previous three lottery picks.
Though Gentry’s tenure with the Phoenix Suns didn’t end on the best foot, being fired amid the 2012-13 season in favor of Lindsey Hunter, the attention he is currently receiving is warranted. While Doc Rivers gets all of the credit for the leaps in Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan’s play, Gentry is often looked at as the architect of the Clippers offense that ranked first in offensive rating during the regular season.
It’s early, but with the draft arriving and prospect and roster evaluations needed to be held, expect a decision from Alvin Gentry to come soon.