Lakers coaching search: Clippers’ Alvin Gentry to interview on Wednesday

Alvin Gentry: Clippers assistant coached league’s best offense this season and has been a head coach for four NBA teams

Alvin Gentry: Clippers assistant coached league’s best offense this season and has been a head coach for four NBA teams

It is possible Clippers assistant Alvin Gentry will have a different job, and it will not require him to move.

Gentry has become the latest candidate that plans to interview with the Lakers, according to a league source familiar with the situation.

The Times first reported on the development.

After interviewing with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak by phone on Friday, Gentry plans to meet both Kupchak and Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss for an in-person interview on Wednesday. Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins also will interview with the Lakers later this week, according to another league source. The Lakers spent part of last week interviewing both Byron Scott and Mike Dunleavy. Gentry also plans to interview with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday and also interviewed with the Utah Jazz sometime last week, according to a league source.

Gentry has had extensive head-coaching experience, including the Miami Heat (1994), Detroit Pistons (1998-2000), Clippers (2001-2003) and Phoenix Suns (2009-2013). Gentry also oversaw the Clippers’ offense this year, which averaged a league-leading 107.9 points per game. The Clippers also ranked third in field-goal percentage (47.4 percent) and second in assists per game (23.8).

Gentry coached Steve Nash with Phoenix, which entailed a six-game Western Conference finals series against the Lakers in 2010. Gentry also has routinely spoken glowingly about Kobe Bryant.

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