Pelicans Consider Replacing Gentry, Demps

The Pelicans will need “significant progress” over the final four weeks of the season to save coach Alvin Gentry’s job, according to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News.

The organization is more likely to keep GM Dell Demps, but that isn’t guaranteed, Deveney adds.

The Pelicans were considered favorites to grab the West’s final playoff spot after the February 20th trade that brought DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans. However, the team has gone just 4-6 since the deal and sits five games behind Denver with 15 left to play.

A scout tells Deveney “the writing is on the wall” concerning Gentry’s future, but management isn’t demanding a playoff appearance for him and Demps to stick around. The front office understands that a transition period was necessary for Cousins and Anthony Davis to get used to playing together and to change from an up-tempo strategy to a twin towers approach. Cousins is averaging 20.9 points per game in New Orleans, down from 27.8 with the Kings, and his shooting percentage has dropped from 45.1 to 42.1.

Working in Gentry’s favor may be a lack of proven talent in the coaching market. The team is believed to want someone to serve as both a coach and team president, and there may not be anyone available who has merited that dual role.

Gentry, who has one year left on his contract at $3.3MM, faced similar rumors early in the season. A November 13th report said it might be a matter of days until a coaching change after the Pelicans started the season 1-9. However, Gentry was able to get the team on the edge of the playoff race and save his job, at least temporarily.

Gentry has a 57-92 record in nearly two seasons on the Pelicans’ bench, and the team has made the playoffs just once in Demps’ five seasons as GM.

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11 thoughts on “Pelicans Consider Replacing Gentry, Demps

  1. WilliamDuval

    They need to get rid of this man, he’s such a terrible coach!

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  2. speedy01

    Demps NEEDS to go first followed closely by Gentry.
    Demps is the problem.

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    • KCelts

      To be fair, Demps at least tried to compensate with the Cousins trade. Still, he’s put together a team with little to no wing players or shooters and that ultimately goes on him.

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  3. Cleveland - City of Losers

    Byron Scott is available. He’s a very, very good head coach. Fantastic communicator. According to him anyways.

    He’s garbage. But so are the Pelicans, so it’s a good fit. You can’t polish a turd, so why try.

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  4. acarneglia

    They need Patrick Ewing. He’s been a great help to Steve Clifford in Charlotte all these years. He would be a great mentor to NOLAs bigs

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  5. Jason Bitzegaio

    Ewing is NOT head coach material. Might be a decent big man’s coach who could teach positioning on defense and the elbow jumper on offense.

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  6. hitless1

    I’ve said this before. Mike dunleavy. He’s already in town. Throw out this year in college. He’s a president/coach type

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  7. Milton Stevens

    I’d take Avery Johnson. Remember how good that Dallas defense was? With virtually all offensive minded players.

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    • Connorsoxfan

      Honestly they should probably keep Gentry until a replacement materializes but bring Johnson, Ewing, and whoever else they can onto the staff.

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  8. FireandIce

    Offseason Prioritys:

    Sign Asik for another 5 Years
    Try to Trade for Eric Gordon (Nola is where his Heart is) and Ryno (Goodbye Cousins)
    Sign Tyreke (Bring the Band Back together)

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  9. teddyt93

    Dumps is awful. Not Dumps get it? Gentry can not ever adapt to the talent on his roster. These two clowns are ruining AD’s prime years. They have arguably the worst bench in basketball. So hard to be a fan with those two in charge

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