The Kings have informed interim coach Alvin Gentry that they are parting ways and will begin their search for a new coach immediately, per Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Gentry first served as Sacramento’s associate head coach before taking over for the fired Luke Walton early the season. But the Kings missed the playoffs yet again, finishing 24-41 under Gentry and 30-52 overall.
Gentry, 67, coached the Pelicans from 2015-20, compiling a 175-225 record. He has also been head coach of the Suns, Clippers, Pistons and Heat, and owns a 534-636 record in 17 seasons overall.
The Kings intend to launch a “comprehensive” search, per Charania and Amick, presumably fronted by GM Monte McNair.
Added ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings’ search is expected to focus on candidates that have a history of “history of turning lottery teams into playoff teams.” He added that Kenny Atkinson, Steve Clifford, Mark Jackson, Mike Brown and Bucks assistants Charles Lee and Darvin Ham are other potential candidates.
Hoops Wire will have more on this story as it develops.