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New Orleans Pelicans

Pelicans reportedly pick up coach Alvin Gentry's 2018-19 contract option

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Alvin Gentry (Getty Images)

Fresh off a sweep of the Trail Blazers, the Pelicans have decided to pick up the option on head coach Alvin Gentry's contract for 2018-19, according to ESPN.com.

The report also stated that New Orleans' assistant coaching staff, including associate head coach Darren Erman, Chris Finch and Fred Vinson, also had their contract options picked up.

Despite losing DeMarcus Cousins to an Achilles injury, Gentry helped lead the Pelicans into the playoffs, where they just outed Portland in four games.

Gentry, 63, was 64-100 in his first two seasons as Pelicans coach before this season's 48-34 record.

The Pelicans will next play the winner of the Warriors-Spurs series, which Golden State leads 3-1 after the Spurs fought to win Game 4.

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