Pelicans pick up option on Alvin Gentry’s contract for 2020-21

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Alvin Gentry

There have been big changes for the New Orleans Pelicans recently to say the least but the head coach is not one of them.

Alvin Gentry has kept that role through a regime change and has now been given more job security. As first reported by ESPN’s Malika Andrews, the Pelicans are picking up the team option on Gentry’s contract for the 2020-21 season. The team confirmed the move later Monday evening (see release below):

The move means Gentry is under contract for the next two seasons in the Crescent City as the franchise looks to rebuild with presumed top overall draft pick Zion Williamson.

As the head coach for New Orleans over the last four seasons, Gentry has a 145-183 record. Prior to his time with the Pelicans, the 64-year old was the head coach of the Phoenix Suns for parts of five seasons, the Detroit Pistons for three seasons and the Los Angeles Clippers for another three seasons.

Gentry has long been a proponent of an uptempo playing style, and new Pelicans executive David Griffin appears to be building a squad with that style in mind.

During the turmoil over several month between the trade request of All-Star forward Anthony Davis and the trade earlier this month sending him to the Los Angeles Lakers, Gentry was often praised for his handling of the tense situation publicly and behind the scenes.

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans exercised its team option on Head Coach Alvin Gentry’s contract for the 2020-21 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin.

“We couldn’t be happier to extend our relationship with Alvin,” said Griffin. “He is exactly the right coach at the right time for this franchise. As I have mentioned several times previously, the shared vision we have for the future of Pelicans basketball both on and off the floor will enable us to build a roster that fits both culturally and tactically. Perhaps more importantly, the relationship we have built over our many years together will enable us to challenge, empower and further one another and our franchise.”

Since taking over as the team’s head coach in 2015, Gentry has amassed a record of 145-183 (.442) in New Orleans, including a trip to the Western Conference Semifinals in 2018, and holds a career record of 480-553 (.465) in 16 seasons with Miami, Detroit, the L.A. Clippers, Phoenix and New Orleans. Gentry is one of just six active coaches to have coached in at least 1,000 regular season games and one of eight active coaches with at least 450 career victories.

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