Phoenix confident core of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Kelly Oubre Jr. could fetch right coaching candidate
The Phoenix Suns are confident that the core of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Kelly Oubre Jr. would be enticing enough for a coach to take the head coaching vacancy, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.
The Suns will interview as many as six candidates for the job, starting with the frontrunner Monty Williams, who has also had interest from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Phoenix general manager James Jones will also ask for permission to interview Williams and Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool, who is among the top choices to take the job.
Former coach Igor Kokoskov was fired after winning 19 games last season, likely in effort to give the newly-promoted Jones a clear slate for his head coach of choice.
Jones traded for Oubre, thinking he would be a better fit for the roster than Josh Jackson, who was been slow with his progress, despite ample opportunities.
The Suns believe the trio of Booker, Ayton and Oubre will manifest as an opportunity, along with the potential to muster the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft after the franchise finished tied for the second-worst record in the league with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Booker, for one, will enter his fifth season in the league playing for a fifth different coach — a clear symbol of the lack of stability in the Suns organization throughout the last decade.