Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly offered their head coaching position to European legend David Blatt, the Golden State Warriors have turned their attention to yet another big name to bring in as an assistant for Steve Kerr.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, Golden State has hired former Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry as its new associate head coach.
Gentry, who spent last season on Doc Rivers’ staff with the Los Angeles Clippers, has agreed in principle to a three-year deal with the Warriors, a source said. The Warriors had to come close to doubling Gentry’s salary with the Clippers to convince him to leave a similar position with their Pacific Division rival, a source said. Gentry previously worked under Kerr, a former Phoenix Suns executive, in Phoenix and is the first addition to Kerr’s staff.
It is a great hire for Kerr, who has absolutely zero coaching experience at the NBA level and is coming to a high-pressure situation for a contending team.
Gentry has previous head coaching experience with the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns. He boasts a career 335-370 record as a NBA head coach.
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