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Utah Jazz to interview former head coach Alvin Gentry

Published: Thursday, May 22 2014 1:40 p.m. MDT

Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry discusses a call with referee Monty McCutchen during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. The Pacers defeated the Suns 97-91 (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) (Doug McSchooler, AP) Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry discusses a call with referee Monty McCutchen during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. The Pacers defeated the Suns 97-91 (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) (Doug McSchooler, AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — Add another name to the candidate list for the Jazz's coaching vacancy: Alvin Gentry.

The longtime NBA coach will interview for the Utah position, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

Gentry is currently assisting Doc Rivers as the associate head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. The 59-year-old compiled a record of 335-370 (.471 winning percentage) as the head coach for the Heat, Clippers, Pistons and Suns since 1994.

Gentry was fired as Phoenix's coach during the 2012-13 season, opening the door for former Jazz player/coach Jeff Hornacek's eventual hiring by the Suns.

The Jazz, who are open to interviewing 20-plus candidates according to team president Randy Rigby, discussed the job with Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin while management was in Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine last week.

Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, right, talks with guard Sebastian Telfair (31) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Oklahoma City won 114-96. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (Sue Ogrocki, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, right, talks with guard Sebastian Telfair (31) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Oklahoma City won 114-96. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (Sue Ogrocki, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Other leading candidates, according to sources, include former University of Utah coach Jim Boylen, currently the Spurs' lead assistant, and Hawks assistant Quin Snyder.

Yahoo also reported that former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins is a possibility, while others have mentioned international coach Ettore Messina.

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