Suns’ coach search sure to draw strong interest

Former Suns general manager Ryan McDonough says he intends to stay involved in the NBA.

An offseason of potential turnover has already begun for the Phoenix Suns, and it starts with the coach.

According to ESPN, the Suns have already started their search for a full-time man to roam the sidelines. Current interim coach Jay Triano reportedly has a shot at the job, though that shot seems long.

The coaching hire will be just the first step in what is expected to be an aggressive summer for the setting Suns, who intend to be major players in free agency and making trades. They are also on their way to a top-five draft pick.

As ESPN noted:

The team intends to build around a young core that includes Devin Booker, rookie Josh Jackson and forward TJ Warren. The Suns have three first-round picks in the June NBA draft and seven stockpiled over the next four years. 

League sources told Amico Hoops that with an array of assets and a well-respected front office, the Suns’ coaching job is sure to draw lots of applicants.

“This is going to be a competitive marketplace,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told ESPN. “There are three of us (Phoenix, Milwaukee and Memphis) with interim coaches in place, and we want to be able to hit the ground running. We don’t want to have to wait until the end of the regular season for candidates who aren’t with teams now.

“At the end of the regular season, we’ll be able to talk with coaches on non-playoff teams and we’ll need to work with playoff teams on what their approach will be on contacting (assistant) coaches still in the postseason.”

It’s too early to talk candidates, as the Suns are expected to cast a wide net in their search, likely even examining the college ranks.

Available names with potential interest in the job include David Fizdale (Grizzlies), Warriors assistant Mike Brown (Cavaliers, Lakers), Cavs assistant Larry Drew (Bucks, Hawks), current Nevada coach Eric Musselman (Warriors, Kings) and former Suns point guard Jason Kidd (Nets, Bucks).