Pelicans to retain coach Gentry, GM Demps for 2017-18 season

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The New Orleans Pelicans are sticking with head coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Dell Demps for 2017-18.

New Orleans announced Monday both will return despite the team finishing 10th in the Western Conference with a 34-48 record.

According to The Advocate, the acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins, pairing him alongside All-Star Anthony Davis, played a significant role in Demps retaining his position.

"After careful and thorough review of basketball operations, we have made the determination that the best course of action as we move forward into the 2017-18 season is to continue under the leadership of Demps and Gentry," executive VP of basketball operations Mickey Loomis said in a statement.

"We will continue to evaluate important roles on both the administrative and coaching staffs which will be resolved at the appropriate time."

Owner Tom Benson added: "Our organisational expectations and goals have not changed and all of our efforts are focused on putting together a playoff caliber roster entering training camp and ultimately into the season.

"The end result as we move forward - playoffs and winning a championship for our fans."

The Pelicans are 236-322 under Demps' direction, including playoff appearances in 2011 and 2015, while Gentry is 64-100 in two seasons.