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Gentry, Hollins next to interview for Cavaliers coaching spot

The Cleveland Cavaliers' coaching search is growing old. As in, the latest two candidates to interview are far more experienced than the first two.

Alvin Gentry, 59, spent Friday interviewing with team officials.

Lionel Hollins, 60, is expected to follow over the weekend.

Gentry was fired by the Phoenix Suns halfway through last season and spent this season as an assistant to Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been a head coach four times, including once as an interim, and is familiar to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert because he coached the Detroit Pistons in the late 1990s. He finished a season with a winning record twice in his career and took the Phoenix Suns to the Western Conference finals in 2010 after winning 54 games in the regular season.

Gentry and Cavs general manager David Griffin are extremely familiar with each other from their time together with the Sunsm and Gentry has been considered one of the favorites for the job since Mike Brown was fired.

Gentry has also been tied to the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers openings this summer.

Hollins, 60, is well regarded in coaching circles, but he isn't known as being a good communicator. He is a crusty veteran who was known to bristle at input from the front office and ownership of the Memphis Grizzlies, which in part expedited his removal as coach.

Hollins guided the Grizzlies to a franchise-record 56 wins last season and a berth in the Western Conference finals, yet his contract wasn't renewed after a fallout with former Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien, who himself was recently fired by the Grizzlies.

Gentry and Hollins are the third and fourth candidates to interview for the Cavs job, following Adrian Griffin and Tyronn Lue.

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