Suns gets 1st coach search rejection from franchise icon Dan Majerle
The Phoenix Suns wasted no time after the end of the regular season, hoping to find their soon-to-be new head coach prior to the NBA Draft Lottery.
One of their first requests for an interview came to franchise icon Dan Majerle, who now coaches at Grand Canyon, was met with a simple thanks, but no thanks.
“(General Manager) Ryan (McDonough) reached out and asked to meet, but I told him that I was going to stay at Grand Canyon,” said Majerle, according to Richard Obert of The Arizona Republic. “I’m not ruling it out in the future. But there are still things I want to do here.”
Majerle played the first seven seasons of his NBA career for the Suns (1988-89 — 1994-95), earning the nickname “Thunder Dan” for his thunderous dunks and impressive jumping ability.
The native Michigander was one of the first three-and-D players of his generation — a prolific 3-point shooter with a career average of 1.3 steals per game through his 14-year career.
The Suns are bound to continue their search, but they will be a third or fourth option for some of the candidates, with the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks jobs likely taking precedent due to the prospect of generational talents like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kristaps Porzingis.