The Cavaliers asked permission to speak with Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry on Thursday, a league source confirmed.
A separate source with knowledge of the coaching search said the Cavs have not interviewed any candidates yet.
Gentry, 59, is considered a leading candidate for the Cavs job because of his Phoenix ties to General Manager David Griffin. He has a 335-370 record in parts of 12 seasons as a head coach with the Phoenix Suns, Clippers and Detroit Pistons. He also served as interim coach of the Miami Heat.
He has reached the playoffs twice, winning 54 games and reaching the Western Conference finals with the Suns in 2010.
The Cavs aren’t in a rush to hire a head coach and have planned an extensive, wide-ranging search that includes multiple candidates.
Landing the No. 1 pick in the draft this week certainly makes the Cavs’ job seem more attractive.
“It makes us a more attractive destination than we already were,” Griffin said.
ESPN reported that the Cavs have also reached out to University of Florida coach Billy Donovan.
Anthony Bennett was left off the first and second All-Rookie teams, announced Thursday. That makes him the fifth No. 1 overall pick to be left off both teams, according to ESPN, joining Greg Oden, Pervis Ellison, Danny Manning and Kwame Brown.
Bennett received just one vote, for the second team, from the New York Daily News’ Mitch Lawrence.
Undrafted rookie Matthew Dellavedova did not make either team, but did receive 20 points, including three votes for the first team.
Eight of the 14 lottery picks last year did not make either rookie team.
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