Pelicans extend Gentry's contract to coach

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Amid all of the transition and change for the Pelicans, one thing will remain constant for now... the head coach.

"The New Orleans Pelicans exercised its team option on Head Coach Alvin Gentry’s contract for the 2020-21 season," according to a team news release.

Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin made the announcement.

“We couldn’t be happier to extend our relationship with Alvin,” said Griffin. “He is exactly the right coach at the right time for this franchise. As I have mentioned several times previously, the shared vision we have for the future of Pelicans basketball both on and off the floor will enable us to build a roster that fits both culturally and tactically. Perhaps more importantly, the relationship we have built over our many years together will enable us to challenge, empower and further one another and our franchise.”

In four years, Gentry has a losing record of 145-183 with the Pelicans.

He did take the team to the Western Conference Semifinals in 2018.

The contract extension announcement comes days after the team traded away all-star forward Anthony Davis after he demanded to go to another team.

It also comes just days before the Pelicans pick first and fourth in the first round of the NBA Draft with a chance to start building a very young, extremely talented team.

They also have two picks in the second round.  They have the 39th pick and acquired the 57th pick from Denver via Milwaukee.

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