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Alvin Gentry won’t return as Kings’ head coach, discussing front-office role with team, per report

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Alvin Gentry’s run as head coach of the Sacramento Kings has come to an end, according to ESPN. Gentry might not be leaving the organization entirely, though, as he is reportedly discussing a move into the team’s front office. Gentry was named Sacramento’s interim head coach following the dismissal of Luke Walton in November, and led the team to a 24-41 record the rest of the way. The Kings finished the season outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference with a 30-52 overall record. 

The decision to move on from Gentry came just a day after the Kings closed out the regular season with a 116-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Following the game, Gentry said that he expected the decision to come quickly. 

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“I’ve not talked to anybody about that and I’m sure that’s going to come quickly after the season is over, so I’ll leave it at that,” Gentry said Sunday, via the Sacramento Bee. “I’m sure that’s something that’s going to happen pretty quickly after the season.”

Sacramento’s search for its next head coach is expected to be wide-ranging, per Adrian Wojnarowski, as the team looks to climb back into contention in the competitive Western Conference. The list of potential candidates includes Kenny Atkinson, Steve Clifford, Mark Jackson, Mike Brown, Bucks assistants Charles Lee and Darvin Ham, per Wojnarowski. More names are also likely to emerge in the coming weeks. 

The Kings haven’t made a postseason appearance since 2006, and that was also the last time that they posted a winning season. Their last playoff series win came all the way back in 2004. The team has cycled through 11 different head coaches since then. Clearly, they’re hoping whoever they select as their next head coach has more success than the previous 11. 

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