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Report: Cavaliers ask for permission to interview Clippers' assistant Alvin Gentry

Alvin Gentry has been the head coach of the Pistons, Heat, Clippers and Suns. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images) Alvin Gentry has been the head coach of the Pistons, Heat, Clippers and Suns. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers have asked for permission to interview Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry, according to a report from Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal.

The Cavs, owners of the top pick in this year's draft, fired Mike Brown from the post after a season in which the team finished third in the Central Division with a 33-49 record and missed the playoffs.

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The organization has not yet interviewed any candidates for Brown's replacement, according to the report.

Gentry, 59, worked with new Cavs GM David Griffin when the two were in Phoenix. In his 12 seasons as a head coach, Gentry has a 335-370 overall record, having coached the Suns, Clippers and  Pistons. He has also been the interim coach of the Heat. He got his start as a coach as an assistant at Baylor in 1980.

Gentry's tenure includes two playoff appearances, winning 54 games and leading the Suns to the Western Conference finals in 2010.

 
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