Although the upcoming free agency of DeMarcus Cousins will loom large in New Orleans, the Pelicans made an excellent decision this morning.
Despite losing their All-Star center for the season, Alvin Gentry took his squad to the second-round of the NBA Playoffs. From battling in the post to win games to valuing transition baskets, the Pelicans completely changed their offensive mindset.
Well, Gentry is clearly being rewarded for revitalizing basketball in the Big Easy. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans head coach agreed to a two-year extension.
New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will take his deal through the 2020-21 season, league sources told ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 7, 2018
His new contract will take him through the 2020-21 season.
Now, the focus of the Pelicans' offseason shifts over to adding depth to an intriguing roster. With Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday serving as one of the best defensive duos in the league, New Orleans desperately needs more scoring punch this offseason.
ESPN story on New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry agreeing to a contract extension. https://t.co/9dtlbpoAni— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 7, 2018
This usually isn't the case for the Pelicans, but their future is certainly looking bright. We'll see if Alvin Gentry can improve off an impressive 48-win season.