The Golden State Warriors have granted the New Orleans Pelicans permission to interview associate head coach Alvin Gentry, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports a meeting will take place Monday night before the Warriors begin the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Stein says Gentry is one of the front-runners for the Pelicans job, along with current Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. The consensus is that Thibodeau and the Bulls will part ways this offseason, although the two sides are still operating as though he’ll remain in Chicago. Thibs has two years and $9 million left on his contract.
With this in mind, compensation for Thibodeau could be an issue for New Orleans:
Lot of chatter at draft combine that Pelicans would be hesitant to offer compensation for Thibodeau. Gentry interview supports that mindset.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 18, 2015
Gentry is a hot coaching candidate because of the work he has done on the offensive side of the ball on Steve Kerr’s staff and at prior stops. Gentry is also reported to be on the Bulls’ radar if Thibodeau departs.
Gentry is no stranger to head coaching, as he has been the head man on the sidelines for four different teams. He holds a 335-370 regular-season record and 12-9 postseason record.
Wojnarowski also names Jeff Van Gundy and Scott Brooks as possible candidates for the opening in New Orleans.