Alvin Gentry Rumors
Due to the timing of a February trade with Sacramento, Alvin Gentry spent only the final 7 1/2 weeks of the 2016-17 season coaching DeMarcus Cousins, but New Orleans’ third-year head coach will now get to spend additional time with the three-time All-Star this summer. As part of the 15th edition of Basketball Without Borders Africa, Gentry and Cousins will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa in July, with the Pelicans big man expected to play in an Aug. 5 exhibition game. The game will be held at the Ticketpro Dome and is the second of its kind on the African continent.
The following is a statement from New Orleans Pelicans Owner Tom Benson and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Mickey Loomis: “After careful and thorough review of basketball operations, we have made the determination that the best course of action as we move forward into the 2017-18 season is to continue under the leadership of General Manager Dell Demps and Head Coach Alvin Gentry.”
“We will continue to evaluate important roles on both the administrative and coaching staffs which will be resolved at the appropriate time. Our organizational expectations and goals have not changed and all of our efforts are focused on putting together a playoff caliber roster entering training camp and ultimately into the season,” said Benson. “The end result as we move forward – playoffs and winning a championship for our fans.”
The New Orleans Pelicans power structure will remain in place entering the 2017-18 season. General manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry have both retained their posts, league sources informed The Advocate last week. The Pelicans declined to comment on the matter.