Suns fireplace Kokoskov; Williams eyed, sources say

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Adrian WojnarowskiESPN

After just one season on the job, Igor Kokoskov was fired as coach of the Phoenix Suns on Monday evening.

The timing on the dismissal of Kokoskov, the primary European-born NBA head coach, was partly rooted in a need to compete in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers in pursuit of Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams, league sources informed ESPN.

“After intensive analysis, I made up my mind it’s best to maneuver in a unique course with our head teaching place,” Suns normal supervisor James Jones stated in a information launch. “I need to thank Igor for his work this previous season and want him the perfect along with his future endeavors.”

The Lakers are planning on a second assembly with Williams later this week, assuming the Sixers defeat the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday to finish their first-round sequence. The Lakers are additionally planning a second interview with Tyronn Lue.

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The Suns have a steady of younger expertise that would develop to incorporate the doable collection of Duke ahead Zion Williamson or Murray State guard Ja Morant within the upcoming NBA draft. Additionally, Jones performed underneath Williams in his time as a Portland Path Blazers assistant coach, and new senior VP of basketball operations Jeff Bower employed Williams as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans in 2010.

Kokoskov is taken into account a superior offensive instructor of the sport however fell sufferer to a roster devoid of level guards and organizational dysfunction that has turned the franchise into a training graveyard. Kokoskov began three rookies in 36 video games this season, with the Atlanta Hawks the next-highest group in video games beginning three rookies, with 4.

The Suns’ subsequent coach will probably be their seventh in an eight-season span.

The Suns completed tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second-worst report within the NBA at 19-63. The New York Knicks had been 17-65. Phoenix was an NBA-worst 21-61 a 12 months in the past.

Since 2012-13, the Suns are 199-375, tied with the Orlando Magic for the worst report within the NBA in that span.

Info from ESPN’s Stats & Info was used on this report.

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