Grizzlies to interview Alvin Gentry for head-coaching position

Marc J. Spears

Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry will interview for the Memphis Grizzlies’ head-coaching job on Friday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Gentry was contacted by the Grizzlies on Wednesday and is expected to interview with owner Robert Pera and CEO Jason Levien in Washington, D.C. Other coaching candidates include Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger, former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and Chicago Bulls assistant coach Ed Pickney, a league source said. Memphis is expected to conduct interviews through next week.

Gentry owns a 335-370 record as a head coach with the Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat over 12 seasons. He was fired as head coach of the Suns on Jan. 18 after going 158-144 from 2008-13. Gentry could give a jolt to the Grizzlies’ struggling offense, which was ranked 26th in the NBA scoring last season with 93.4 points per game. The Clippers also have expressed interest in interviewing Gentry for their head-coaching opening, but nothing has been scheduled, a league source said.

The Grizzlies announced Monday that coach Lionel Hollins will not be offered a new contract. Hollins led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals for the first time this season and had a 214-201 record, including a franchise best 56-26 mark this past season.

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