Suns sign Alvin Gentry to extension

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With Amar’e Stoudemire in New York, Leandro Barbosa in Toronto, and Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress joining the team, the Suns have made some major changes to their on-court personnel for next season. More changes may be on the way when Jason Richardson and Grant Hill’s contracts expire after this season.
However, it looks like the Suns have made a long-term commitment to their coach, as they announced today that they have signed coach Alvin Gentry to an extension through the 2012-13 NBA season.
Gentry served as an assistant coach for the Suns before taking over for Terry Porter in February of 2009. Since Gentry took over the team, the Suns have gone 72-41 in 113 games. 
According to Suns President, it was “important to extend Gentry’s contract before the season.” Bobby went on to say that Gentry has “proved his mettle as the perfect coach for the Suns next season.”
I tend to agree with Mr. Bobby. Like Mike D’Antoni before him, Gentry will now have to figure out a way to make the Suns’ high-octane attack work without Amar’e Stoudemire. With the weapons the Suns still have and Gentry’s commitment to a dynamic, full-speed attack, I think the Suns will remain a dangerous playoff team under Gentry’s guidance.

Could Tristan Thompson’s holdout last months? Windhorst says yes.

2015 NBA Finals - Game Five
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VIZZINI: “So, it is down to you. And it is down to me.”
MAN IN BLACK nods and comes nearer…
MAN IN BLACK: “Perhaps an arrangement can be reached.”
VIZZINI: “There will be no arrangement…”
MAN IN BLACK: “But if there can be no arrangement, then we are at an impasse.”

That farcical scene from The Princess Bride pretty much sums up where we are with the Tristan Thompson holdout with the Cleveland Cavaliers, minus the Iocane powder. (Although that scene was a battle of wits in the movie and this process seems to lack much wit.) The Cavaliers have put a five-year, $80 million offer on the table. Thompson wants a max deal (or at least a more than has been offered), but he also doesn’t want to play for the qualifying offer and didn’t sign it. LeBron James just wants the two sides just to get it done.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN thinks LeBron could be very disappointed.

Windhorst was on the Zach Lowe podcast at Grantland (which you should be listening to anyway) and had this to say about the Thompson holdout:

“I actually believe it will probably go months. This will go well into the regular season.”

Windhorst compared it to a similar situation back in 2007 with Anderson Varejao, which eventually only broke because the then Charlotte Bobcats signed Varejao to an offer sheet. Thompson is a restricted free agent, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offer, but only Portland and Philadelphia have the cap space right now to offer him a max contract. Neither team has shown any interest in doing so.

And so we wait. And we may be waiting a while.