Former coach and ex-NBA guard Majerle suing Grand Canyon

Dan Majerle spent one season as a shooting guard with the Cavaliers. File photo

Former NBA guard Dan Majerle is suing Grand Canyon University after being fired as coach, according to Arizona Sports 98.7-FM.

Majerle was fired after seven seasons and a 136-89 overall record. The Antelopes finished 13-17 this year, the first losing season under Majerle. His contract wasn’t set to expire until 2022-23.

“Majerle is suing under three causes for action, including breach of contract,” according to Arizona Sports. “The court documents detail Majerle’s firing and the wrongdoing he alleges, including not providing a severance provision.”

Grand Canyon released a statement in reference to the lawsuit.

“We regret that Coach Majerle’s tenure had to end the way it did, but the university is prepared to defend itself and its decision if necessary should Coach Majerle decide to continue with litigation,” the statement read. “GCU is unable to comment further until such time as it receives a copy of Coach Majerle’s complaint and has an opportunity to review his allegations.”

Dan Majerle spent seven seasons as head coach at Grand Canyon College. Photo courtesy sportscasting.com

Grand Canyon has since hired Bryce Drew as Majerle’s replacement after Majerle was fired March 12.

Majerle, 54, was best known for his seasons with the Phoenix Suns from 1988-95, earning the nickname “Thunder Dan” for his strong dunks and long-range shooting. He spent one season with the Cleveland Cavaliers (1995-96), followed by five more with the Miami Heat (1996-2001).

He returned to the Suns for one final season in 2001-02 before retiring. He then became associated head coach of the Suns from 2008-13.

Sam Amico covers pro basketball for Sports Illustrated. Follow him @AmicoHoops.