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Pelicans reportedly pick up option year on coach Alvin Gentry

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New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry reacts to a call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans, Saturday, March 16, 2019. The Suns won 138-136 in two overtimes. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

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David Griffin, the guy with the hammer in New Orleans, likes Alvin Gentry. They have a relationship that goes back to Phoenix, where Gentry was the coach and Griffin was in the front office (and was eventually GM).

Gentry also has a style of play — he wants to run and be up-tempo. That should fit very well with soon-to-be No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise the Griffin and the Pelicans want to keep Gentry around, as reported by Malika Andrews of ESPN.

This is another smart, stabilizing move by Griffin. The Pelicans want to build an athletic, fast-paced team and Gentry is the right coach for that style. Maybe it doesn’t pan out, maybe the Pelicans ultimately need to go another direction with their coach, but right now this seems a good fit.