Cavaliers and Jazz both are interested in hiring Alvin Gentry

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With several teams looking for a new head coach, it isn’t surprising that Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry’s name is being listed among some teams’ wish list. Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz have Gentry on their wish list and intend to interview him shortly.

Lucky in the NBA lottery, the Cavaliers are hoping their good fortune continues as they look for a new coach.

The team asked the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday for permission to speak with assistant coach Alvin Gentry about Cleveland’s coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.

Add another name to the candidate list for the Jazz’s coaching vacancy: Alvin Gentry.

The longtime NBA coach will interview for the Utah position, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.


The Jazz and Cavaliers are both teams that are in rebuilding mode, though the Cavaliers are much closer to being a playoff team than Utah. The Cavaliers have a more legitimate franchise centerpiece to build around in Kyrie Irving, the #1 overall pick in the draft. The competition in the Eastern Conference is much easier, which actually makes Cleveland the more appealing job of the two.

The real question for both teams is whether or not they can do better than Gentry. Lionel Hollins is still available, as is George Karl, and Dave Joerger, who has done good work with the Grizzlies, may be looking for a job shortly. Gentry’s overall coaching resume (aside from being an experienced coach) is dicey. He has only really had one good season as a head coach back in the 2009-10 season in which he coached the Suns to a 54 win season. Aside from that, he hasn’t done anything too impressive.

That may be due to the teams he has coached, but still, his career coaching record of 335-370 isn’t exactly encouraging. I guess what I’m saying is don’t read too much into these interviews. These teams may be interviewing him because they genuinely have interest in him or just because they are “touching all the bases” so to speak. I lean towards the former since I don’t think they would want to interview him without having some interest in him specifically, but I guess we will have to wait and see to find out what exactly becomes of this.

—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord 

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