The Phoenix Suns have decided to make a major coaching change following the 2018-19 NBA regular season.
Igor Kokoskov, 47, has been fired after one season on the job.
The Serbia native was hired prior to the 2018-19 season. He led the Suns to a 19-63 record, one of the worst in the NBA.
Phoenix had reportedly planned on bringing Kokoskov back for a second season, though something changed.
“Suns had planned to bring Kokoskov back for a second season, especially after the team’s stronger play in late stages of the season. Kokoskov has been a well-respected tactician who becomes another victim of the constant turnover in Phoenix,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
The Suns are reportedly planning on targeting Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams, who is a target of the Lakers.
Here's a factor in the timing of Kokoskov's dismissal: The Suns are planning to target Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams, league sources tell ESPN. Lakers are planning a second interview with Williams soon, sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 23, 2019
Williams is reportedly one of two assistant coaches the Suns are targeting for the head coaching position.
First two coaches whom the Phoenix Suns will request permission to interview for head coach opening: Philadelphia assistant Monty Williams and Portland assistant David Vanterpool, league sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 23, 2019
The Suns have been one of the least-stable franchises in the NBA over the last 10 years or so. The Suns have had six head coaches since 2010 and are about to have a seventh.
Phoenix does have some promising young talent on the roster in Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton, though it’s difficult to imagine any head coach succeeding right away.