According to a report from Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have asked the Los Angeles Clippers for permission to talk to Clippers associate head coach Alvin Gentry about their head coaching job. From the report:
The Cavaliers have asked the Los Angeles Clippers for permission to talk to associate head coach Alvin Gentry, an NBA source confirmed to The Plain Dealer Thursday morning. Reports started to surface late Wednesday night that the Cavs were interested in Gentry, but he’d been considered a likely candidate from the day Mike Brown was fired.
Gentry, who worked with Cavs general manager David Griffin in Phoenix, becomes the first confirmed candidate for the Cavs coaching vacancy. He also has drawn attention from a number of other NBA teams with vacancies, including the Utah Jazz. There also have been reports that Golden State Warriors new coach Steve Kerr, who also worked with Gentry in Phoenix, is interested in hiring Gentry to the same sort of position he held in Los Angeles. Clippers coach Doc Rivers has said he would support Gentry in whatever decision he makes.
Gentry, 59, has a 335-370 record in 12 seasons with Miami, Detroit, the Clippers and Phoenix.
As the article indicates, Gentry is a logical candidate for the Cavs job. He runs an up-tempo offense that would fit the Cavs current personnel, namely point guard Kyrie Irving and possible No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins. Gentry is also the first name to separate himself from the pack of candidates, as he is the first candidate the Cavs have asked to interview. Outside of Gentry, the Cavs have reportedly started to mine the college coaching ranks for a head coach.