Alvin Gentry

Report: Jazz to interview Clippers assistant Alvin Gentry; Cavaliers, maybe Memphis interested too


Alvin Gentry is going to have options.

The former NBA head coach spent the last season as Doc Rivers’ lead assistant with the Clippers, his primary duty being directing what became the league’s best offense, but as the NBA coaching carousel cranks up Gentry has a few teams knocking on his door, wanting to talk.

First up is the Utah Jazz, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports.

Los Angeles Clippers associate head coach Alvin Gentry is expected to soon interview for the Utah Jazz’s head-coaching vacancy, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday to see predraft workouts. The Jazz have already interviewed Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin, but have been deliberate in their process to hire a new head coach.

Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin — who worked with Gentry when both were in Phoenix — also has contacted Gentry and wants to set up an interview.

Spears had reported earlier in the day that if current Memphis coach Dave Joerger bolts for Minnesota — there will be an interview this week — Gentry would be on the Grizzlies’ short list as well.

If none of that pans out, both Golden State (next to Steve Kerr) and Sacramento would like to poach Gentry as their top assistant coach. Of course, Doc Rivers wants to keep him around, too.

It’s good to have options.

Gentry has 12 seasons experience as a head coach, having spent time in the big chair in with the Clippers and in Phoenix, plus he has done interim stints in Miami and Detroit. He has a career .475 winning percentage, and is known for coaching up-tempo offenses (a little pace is something the Jazz could use).

LeBron James posts photo with Tristan Thompson, sends message to Cavs

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Tristan Thompson is a man without a contract. By not signing the qualifying offer with the Cleveland Cavaliers he put himself in limbo, the rare NBA holdout. Right now his options are to sign the deal on the table (the Cavs still have the five-year, $80 million offer out there), get the Sixers or Blazers to offer him a max contract (which neither team has shown any interest in doing), or hold out and hope the Cavaliers make a better offer. If he holds out for the entire season he becomes a restricted free agent again next summer — exactly like he is right now.

Without signing the qualifying offer and the threat of leaving, Thompson hurt his leverage.

But he has a little leverage. He and his agent Rich Paul had one other card, and it got played Saturday.

Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13

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LeBron James and Thompson share an agent in Paul. LeBron has largely remained silent through this process but if he wants something in the Cleveland organization, he usually gets it. And he wants Thompson back at practices.

LeBron’s leverage is going to be put to the test. The Cavaliers have let it leak they are not that concerned about LeBron leaving them next summer over this — and they’re right. The damage to LeBron’s brand if he broke the hearts of Cleveland fans again would be crushing, unless he leaves for a very good reason. Overpaying Thompson is not that reason.

However, LeBron’s comment could push the Cavaliers to try to find a compromise.

For the Cavaliers, a lot of how they view all this comes down to their tax bill. The Cavaliers already have $94.9 million in guaranteed salary on the books, putting them $10.2 million over the luxury tax line, at a cost of more than $16.25 million. What this means if (or when) they sign Thompson is his first $10 million in salary would cost them $28.75 million in tax and every dollar above that for the next $5 million costs them $3.75-to-$1. Look at it this way, by my count $14 million this year to Thompson would cost $43.75 million in tax — the total for Thompson at that price is $58 million. While that’s not all on Thompson it’s a lot of cash, and Thompson wants a max deal that starts at more than $16 million a year.

Owner Dan Gilbert is already going to pay the highest tax bill in the NBA this season, but if he balks at those figures it’s hard to blame him.


Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.