Report: Pelicans coach Gentry in good standing with team ownership

Coach Alvin Gentry and star Anthony Davis led the Pelicans to a first-round upset of the Blazers last season.

Coach Alvin Gentry is “still in good standing” with New Orleans Pelicans ownership after the firing general manager Dell Demps, according to Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate.

“However, the next GM will likely get to make a decision on his next head coach,” Kushner reported.

Demps was fired, as first reported by ESPN, following the Anthony Davis ordeal. Davis requested a trade several weeks ago but was not moved before the Feb. 8 deadline. The Pelicans apparently would like someone else to handle the talks moving forward.

Meanwhile, Gentry has compiled a 473-537 record in three-plus seasons with the Pelicans. That includes a 26-33 record in spite of all the drama this year.

Gentry and the Pelicans made the playoffs last season as a sixth seed in the West and upset the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the first round.

On Thursday, Gentry spoke to reporters and referred to the Pelicans and Davis situation as a “dumpster fire.”

Davis has not rescinded his trade request and the Pelicans will look again to move him this summer.

“Ownership was livid with an injured Anthony Davis leaving arena during Thursday night’s game, sources say,” Wojnarowski reported. “(Team owner) Gayle Benson is telling associates she wants an overhaul of Pelicans and a search for a GM to take command of Davis trade talks and the reshaping of team’s future.