Alvin Gentry to leave Clippers, will join Golden State Warriors

Clippers Associate Head Coach Alvin Gentry is leaving the team to join the Golden State Warriors coaching staff.
(Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

Clippers Associate Head Coach Alvin Gentry is indeed leaving Los Angeles to take the same position with the Golden State Warriors, NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter confirmed.

Gentry has agreed to a three-year deal that will pay him about $800,000 per season, the officials said, making him the highest-paid assistant in the NBA.

Gentry will join the staff of newly hired Golden State Coach Steve Kerr, whom he worked with when both were with the Phoenix Suns.

Gentry also had interviewed for the head coaching job with the Utah Jazz, Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

With the Cavaliers on the verge of hiring David Blatt as their new coach, Gentry had been asked to join the staff as the associate head coach, the officials said.


Gentry was credited with making the Clippers into one of the best offensive teams in the NBA last season.

The Clippers averaged a league-best 107.9 points per game.

With Gentry heading to the Warriors and with Clippers Assistant Coach Kevin Eastman becoming the team’s vice president of basketball operations, Coach Doc Rivers has two positions to fill on his bench.

One of the leading candidates is Lawrence Frank.

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