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Matt Barnes says Phoenix is wasting Devin Booker’s career under owner Robert Sarver

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The Phoenix Suns have already kicked their coaching search into gear after firing their fifth coach in the last five years after parting ways with European import Igor Kokoskov on Monday. However Matt Barnes isn’t buying that a new coach will be the salvation for this franchise moving forward, pointing his finger directly at the top — at owner Robert Sarver for wasting Devin Booker’s career.

Barnes, who had one of his best NBA seasons in Phoenix (2008-09) is well aware that the organization has taken a massive dip since his days with the franchise, and that the lack of instability rests in the ownership allowing for it to happen.

Booker will head into his fifth NBA season, each better than the last, yet with immense lack of clear guidance, purpose of identity.

Jeff Hornacek, Earl Watson, Jay Triano and Kokoskov — those are the names of the four coaches he’s had to listen to throughout his four years in the league — and there is another one coming in 2019-20. Yet there is one common denominator through his four-year stint in the league — Sarver’s ownership, which has now sabotaged front offices and coaching staffs, all while hiding behind the scenes.

Barnes would later add another tweet to encompass it all.

As it sits, the Suns and new general manager James Jones will request permission to speak with Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams and Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool, two of the likely six candidates that will be in line for the gig.