Report: Lakers will interview Alvin Gentry

Everyone wants to interview Gentry, it appears.
Everyone wants to interview Alvin Gentry, it appears. (USATSI)

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The Los Angeles Lakers will interview Alvin Gentry in person on Wednesday after he spoke to general manager Mitch Kupchak by phone last Friday, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Gentry, who served as an assistant under Mike D'Antoni with the Phoenix Suns, reportedly has become a more viable candidate to replace D'Antoni in Los Angeles after other coaches and execs "raved" about his approach to offense. 

A current assistant for Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers, Gentry has also been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies. While the Grizzlies ended up sticking with Dave Joerger, the Cavaliers will interview Gentry on Friday and the Jazz met with him last week, according to the Times report. The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings are interested in poaching him as a lead assistant, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge

Gentry was fired as the head coach of the Suns in the middle of the 2012-2013 season, with things having gone steadily downhill after he led the team to the Western Conference Finals in 2009-2010. Management had much more to do with that decline than coaching, however. 

The Lakers, Cavaliers and Jazz have all indicated they will be deliberate in their coaching searches, but things could speed up if one of the teams decides to make Gentry an offer. 

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