UPDATE (11:26 p.m. PST):
Just before 11 p.m. PST, Alvin Gentry took to Twitter to called reports that he joined the Warriors "premature."
Thanks for all the congrats. However at this point it is all premature.— Alvin Gentry (@AlvinGentry) June 20, 2014
Stay tuned to CSN Bay Area as this story develops.
When introduced last month as Warriors coach, Steve Kerr was adamant about his desire for a chief assistant with head coaching experience in the NBA. He found one.
Alvin Gentry, a four-time head coach and 25-year veteran of NBA coaching circles, reached agreement Thursday to come to the Warriors as associate head coach. He signed a three-year contract, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Gentry, who last season worked as the No. 1 assistant to Clippers coach Doc Rivers, is a three-time head coach. Gentry's most recent top job was in Phoenix, where he led the Suns to the Western Conference finals in 2010. He was dismissed in January 2013 and last summer joined Rivers' staff in Los Angeles.
The hiring of eliminates the intriguing possibility of veteran European coach David Blatt, who has a sterling international reputation, joining Kerr's staff. Blatt is closing in on the head-coaching job in Cleveland, a position for which Gentry was among those interviewed.
Known for devising high-scoring offenses, Gentry entered NBA coaching ranks in 1989, after 10 seasons as a collegiate assistant. He has worked under such NBA coaches as Kevin Loughery, Doug Collins, Gregg Popovich and Mike D'Antoni, as well as Rivers last season.
In addition to his time as head coach of the Suns, Gentry, 59, also was head coach of the Pistons (1998-2000) and Clippers (2000-03). He served as head coach of the Heat in an interim capacity in 1995.