Alvin Gentrys ability to coach the Pelicans into the second round of the playoffs despite the mid-season loss of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins persuaded the club that Gentry deserved to be under contract beyond next season.

Gentry agreed on Thursday to an extension covering two additional years Josh Sitton Jersey , running through the 2020-21 season.

He did a tremendous job last season, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said. When we faced adversity, Alvin and his staff continually discovered ways to place the team in situations where we could be successful.

Gentry has gone 117-138 in three seasons, including this seasons playoffs, when the Pelicans swept Portland before losing a second-round series 4-1 to defending champion Golden State.

New Orleans missed the playoffs in Gentrys first two seasons, during which the team dealt with a rash of injuries to key players.

During this past season, Gentry had to help the Pelicans adapt to the loss of Cousins, who played a central role in a system that revolved around him and fellow All-Star big man Anthony Davis. Cousins tore his left Achilles in the 48th game of the season. Without him Bruce Smith Jersey , New Orleans still managed to go 21-13 and finish sixth in the highly competitive Western Conference.

The Pelicans late-season success stemmed in part from Gentrys integration of Nikola Mirotic into the starting rotation after a Feb. 1 trade that brought the fourth-year forward to New Orleans from Chicago.

The vote of confidence in Gentry comes as the Pelicans ponder their approach to retaining two key free agents: Cousins and veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.

Both players thrived last season under Gentry, and Rondo during the playoffs spoke highly of the way Gentry respects his players by giving them the latitude to play to their strengths and be who they are.

Cousins was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds before his injury. Rondo enjoyed his best production with New Orleans during the playoffs, when he averaged 10.3 points, 12.2 assists and 7.6 rebounds.

Gentry sounded confident that the Pelicans were prepared to move aggressively to build on what they accomplished this season, even if the price is high.

Ownership and management have provided us with the necessary resources to compete at the highest level, Gentry said Thursday, specifically mentioning Gayle Benson, who is now the sole owner of the Pelicans and NFLs Saints following the death of her husband Dion Dawkins Jersey , Tom, in March. I couldnt be happier to work for such an exceptional owner. I am excited for the great opportunities that are ahead for our organization.

Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, Denver star linebacker Von Miller is lobbying for the Broncos to reel in quarterback Kirk Cousins.

In an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Miller said hed love for Cousins to rescue the Broncos, who have missed the playoffs the last two years despite a dominant defense. The 29-year-old Cousins is likely headed for free agency after spending his first six seasons with Washington.

Ive talked to him before. He knows exactly how I feel and what he would mean to our team, Miller said, adding We need Kirk. I would love to have Kirk. We have great quarterbacks now. Kirk could take us over the edge.

The Broncos dont have great quarterbacks now. They churned through Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch during a 5-11 season under first-year coach Vance Joseph. After the season Jeff Heath Jersey , general manager John Elway said quarterback was obviously a position that we feel like we have to get better at going into the next season.

At the Senior Bowl, where Denvers coaching staff got hands-on work with the likes of draft prospects Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen, Elway said the Broncos will first focus on experienced options to upgrade the position, a path that worked before with Peyton Manning in 2012.

Thats the first step. There is no question. I think seeing where all of that falls, first thing first. Even though we go to the combine (first), once we get back to the office after the Super Bowl is over, well dig into the free agency side of it, Elway said. That will be the focus until we get to the combine.

The Broncos own the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft in April.

Miller Eric Ebron Jersey , who was the MVP of Super Bowl 50 two years ago, is just the latest Broncos player to pine for Cousins, joining the likes of running back C.J. Anderson and linebacker Brandon Marshall.

Miller said on the NFL Network, If all else fails, Ill play quarterback. No, but on a serious note, Ive got all the faith in John Elway and the front office. Theyve made championship decisions before.

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