PHOENIX -- Alvin Gentry is out as the Phoenix Suns coach.
The news was first reported Friday morning by FOX 10 sports anchor Jude LaCava and was confirmed by the Suns shortly afterward, who said an interim head coach would be named within 48 hours. Immediate speculation centered on assistant coach Elston Turner and player development assistant Lindsey Hunter.
The Suns issued a statement saying the team and Gentry had "mutually agreed to part ways." Gentry was under contract through the end of the current season.
Gentry was in his fifth season as the Suns head coach. He was promoted in February 2009 after Terry Porter was fired midway through his first season on the job. Gentry had previously served as an assistant on Mike D'Antoni's staff.
After finishing out the 2009 season as interim coach, he was named head coach in May 2009. He leaves with a 158-144 record. He coached the Suns to the Western Conference Finals in 2010, but they have not returned to the postseason since.