Kings won’t retain Alvin Gentry as head coach

The Kings have informed Alvin Gentry that he is no longer the team’s head coach, according to Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic (Twitter link), which report that Sacramento will immediately launch a “full” search for a new coach.

Gentry was named interim head coach of the Kings just 17 games into the 2021-22 season after Luke Walton was ousted. After starting 6-11 under Walton, the Kings hoped Gentry could lead the team to at least a berth in the play-in tournament. However, Sacramento went just 24-41 the rest of the way and finished in the lottery for a 16th consecutive season.

Gentry, who already has head coaching experience with the Heat, Pistons, Clippers, Suns and Pelicans, had previously stayed on after interim stints in Detroit and Phoenix to become the head coaches of those teams, but that didn’t won’t happen in Sacramento. He will be in the market for a new job this spring although he said on Sunday he wants to stay with the franchise.

“Obviously I have a desire (to stay),” Gentry said, according to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. “I love it here and I think we’re on the right track. We have good tracks. We have good people from our medical staff all the way to the top. It has already been done here. It’s not something impossible to do. It’s been done here before, so we’ll just have to wait and see, but all those things, I don’t make those decisions, so whatever happens, if it doesn’t work out, then I’ve had a good two years here. Love the people here. I love the franchise.

The Kings, meanwhile, will conduct an extensive search that includes candidates who have previously turned lottery teams into playoff clubs, tweet ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Marc Stein has previously identified Terry Stotts, Mike D’Antoni, Mike Brown and Steve Clifford as names that have popped up in coaching circles as possible targets for the Kings. Wojnarowski confirms Clifford and Brown should be considered and adds Kenny Atkinson, Mark Jackson and Bucks assistants Charles Lee and Darvin Ham to the list of potential candidates.

Rick Adelman was the last coach to take Sacramento to the playoffs, in 2006. Since then, the Kings have employed 11 different head coaches – the new recruit will be the 12th.

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