Alvin Gentry Rumors
The New Orleans Pelicans, who re-signed Jrue Holiday to a five-year, $126 million contract and inked a one-year deal with Rajon Rondo, plan to have both point guards in the starting lineup this upcoming season, according to head coach Alvin Gentry. “I like Jrue off the ball to start the game as a scorer. I like Rondo being on the floor as a leader,” Gentry said on the Dunc and Holder podcast. “Obviously, Jrue’s going to play some where he’s the primary ball handler. I spoke to Jrue at length about this and I think it’s something that can really help our team.”
Rondo met with the Pelicans on Thursday and again Saturday in Atlanta before committing to a contract with New Orleans, league sources told The Vertical. Rondo, a four-time NBA All-Star, has met with Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and head coach Alvin Gentry and has strong relationships with star center DeMarcus Cousins and assistant coach Darren Erman.
Alvin Gentry: I think we are planning on having Jrue back, and I’m hoping that’s something that can happen. I think if we do get him back you’re going to see the best Jrue Holiday since I’ve been here, because obviously the thing with his wife has gotten a lot better and his body is probably in the best shape it’s been in a few years. So, if we can get that done, which I think we will, then I think we’ve got a heck of a player and there are a few other guys I think we can add to the mix. The thing for us is we have to go into this season as a healthy team. By that, I mean the core we have has to be healthy
Alvin Gentry: I told him the way his game can improve the most is he’s got to get himself in absolutely great condition. And if he gets himself in great condition I think it eliminates some of the cheap fouls he picks up. I think it eliminates some of the defensive lapses that he has and I think he’s in a position where his game can grow. I still think he’s the best player in the league at his position. I think him being in great shape, and if you see his body right now, I was so impressed by his workout and by the way he is eating. So those things I was really impressed with, and if he continues on that path, he’ll be really good.
Was it important to get a statement from ownership this summer knowing where you stand? What’s been their message to you? Alvin Gentry: It’s really, in all honesty, one of those things I never worry about. I go on about my day every day like I’m going to be here long-term, because it’s a decision that I don’t have any bearing on. So I don’t spend any time on it. I spend my time trying to figure out the best way to coach the team and figure out how can we be better and how can we improve. That’s where all my energy is. I’ve never been a guy that worried about things I didn’t have any control over.