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Thunder, Kings looking to make changes on coaching staff

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A bunch of NBA coaching changes are about to take place in among Western Conference teams.

Marc Stein of The New York Times reports that both the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns are looking to pry away some of the assistant coaches from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Kings are reportedly pursuing Bob Beyer, while Phoenix is reportedly looking to add Mark Bryant to their coaching staff.

Beyer has been an assistant coach since 1983 and has had gigs both in the NBA and in the college ranks. The long-time assistant is just in his first year with Oklahoma City. The Thunder are reportedly looking to make multiple coaching staff changes as well after their disappointing end to the season.

With Sacramento, a veteran assistant like Beyer can certainly help new coach Luke Walton on the sidelines. The Kings have a young, up-and-coming roster led by De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III, and Buddy Hield. They became one of the most exciting League Pass teams in the 2018-19 season, and they look to take the next step in the 2019-20 season.

The Suns, likewise, have a new coach in Monty Williams and are looking to fill up their coaching staff. Mark Bryant has been an assistant with Oklahoma City since 2007 – back when they were still the Seattle Supersonics – but may now be on the move. Bryant is a former player and played 16 seasons in the NBA.

The 6-foot-9 assistant was with Williams back when they were both assistants for the Thunder. Now, the two are looking to work once again as they try to steer this young Phoenix Suns team in the right direction.