Alvin Gentry, Dell Demps to remain with New Orleans Pelicans next season

Alvin Gentry, Dell Demps to remain with New Orleans Pelicans next season

The Pelicans made the right move by retaining both Gentry and Demps for 2017-18, as New Orleans needs to see the Cousins deal with the Kings all the way through.

Tuesday night's National Basketball Association draft lottery ended the Pelicans' chances at keeping its first-round draft selection, missing out on the pick's top-three protection, forced to send it to the Sacramento Kings to complete February's trade for DeMarcus Cousins.

The Pelicans were 34-38 this season, finishing seven games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The New Orleans Pelicans will retain head coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Dell Demps for the 2017-2018 season, the team announced Monday afternoon via a statement to media.

Loomis added, "We will continue to evaluate important roles on both the administrative and coaching staffs, which will be resolved at the appropriate time". "The end result as we move forward - playoffs and winning a championship for our fans".

While the Pelicans haven't exactly taken flight since Gentry took over for Monty Williams in 2015-16, he does seem to have the respect of his players.

In two years as the head coach of the Pelicans, Gentry has an overall record of 64-100. The acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins gave the franchise the jolt it needed and seemingly saved the jobs of both men. "If you're going to play the two big guys that we have, obviously, there are going to be a lot of double-teaming and those guys are going to have to make a decision", he said. The Pelicans did not win their first round series in either season. Fortunately, ownership saw enough positives to keep the Pelicans leadership in place for at least one more season. They have a strong duo to build around in Davis and Cousins, and Gentry will be given a chance to work with them for an entire 82-game schedule next season.

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