Suns make critical coaching decision after heartbreaking NBA Finals loss
The Phoenix Suns are wasting no time in addressing their front office and coaching needs after a heartbreaking run in the NBA Finals.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, head coach Monty Williams is hiring veteran assistant coach Bryan Gates to replace Willie Green, who was recently hired as the new head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Williams and Gates have worked together before, as the latter also served as Monty’s assistant coach during his five-year run as the head coach of the then New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans.
The move follows Jeff Bower’s decision to step down as the Suns’ vice president of basketball operations.
Phoenix coach Monty Williams is hiring Bryan Gates as an assistant to replace Willie Green, who left to become New Orleans’ head coach, sources tell ESPN. Gates will reunite with Williams after working for him for five seasons (2010-2015) with the Pelicans.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2021
The Suns are coming off a disappointing NBA Finals defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks. After going up 2-0 to raise hopes that a title is finally coming to Arizona, the team never won again after that, losing three games on the road and one at home.
It remains to be seen what the Suns will do in the offseason in order to improve the roster and come back to the Finals in 2022. However, one of the more pressing matters they will probably attend to next is the contract situation of Chris Paul.
CP3 has a player option for the 2021-22 season, and he can be a free agent if he declines that option. Of course, it’s easy to think he’d choose to re-sign with the Suns after their NBA Finals run. Nonetheless, the veteran playmaker has already been linked with teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, and Dallas Mavericks.
The Suns certainly have critical decisions to make, and depending on what they do, it could spell a return to title contention or another year of frustration.