NBA roundup: Gentry no longer Suns coachBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Fri, Jan 18, 2013 7:40 PM EST
Alvin Gentry is no longer the coach of the struggling Phoenix Suns. The team announced Friday that it "mutually agreed to part ways" with Gentry, who had held the job since 2009 after replacing the fired Terry Porter. The Suns have the worst record in the Western Conference this season at 13-28, three years after the team reached the conference finals under Gentry. The franchise has undergone a transition since veteran guard Steve Nash left. An interim coach will be named in the next 24-48 hours, the Suns announced. Gentry, 58, leaves Phoenix with a 158-44 record in five years. He previously was the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers (2000-03), Detroit Pistons (1997-2000) and Miami Heat (1995). ---Indiana Pacers guard Danny Granger, who has been sidelined all season with a knee injury, went through some shooting drills on Friday and could return in early February, the Indianapolis Star reported. ---The Dallas Mavericks signed guard Mike James to a second 10-day contract. James had signed a 10-day contract on Jan. 8 and played in five games, averaging 1.6 points and 1.0 assists off the bench. ---The Miami Heat has assigned center Dexter Pittman to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League.
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