It seems as though the New Orleans Pelicans board saw the sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers coming in the playoffs if reports are to be believed.
The Pelicans sealed their advancement to the next round of the playoffs when they completed their 4-0 first-round series sweep of Portland over the weekend, and they'll now play either the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs in the second round.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Pelicans have decided to exercise the $4 million option for the 2018-19 season on head coach Alvin Gentry. General manager Dell Demps reportedly made this decision prior to the opening-round sweep of the Trail Blazers.
Gentry wasn't the only member of New Orleans' bench to have their contract picked up, as the team's assistant coaching staff, including associate head coach Darren Erman, Chris Finch, and Fred Vinson, also had their contract options picked up.
The Pelicans had gone 64-100 in his first two seasons as Pelicans coach and they missed out on the playoffs, but this season, all the hard work from the previous two years is starting to pay off on the court, and Gentry is being rewarded off it.
This season, not only have New Orleans managed to qualify for the playoffs, but they have also managed to advance to the second round of the postseason for the first time since their rebranding to the Pelicans from the Hornets.
The last time they were in the second round of the playoffs was when they were still called the Hornets in the 2007-08 season. This year, they also achieved their first playoff sweep in franchise history, and Gentry played a huge part in making that happen, so he deserves to have his option picked up.
The Pelicans could be one of the surprise packages in this year's playoffs after a convincing sweep of the Trail Blazers in the first round, so either the Warriors or the Spurs are going to have a tough time playing against them in the second round.
However, the rest of the NBA will now have to deal with New Orleans under Gentry's rule for another season. After the way which they have played this season, even if they don't progress any further in the playoffs, having Gentry at the helm can only mean good things for the future of this franchise.
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