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Former Phoenix Suns interim coach Jay Triano is in discussions with the Charlotte Hornets to join new coach James Borrego’s staff, according to report from international hoops reporter David Pick.
Triano coached all but three games for the Suns last season, following the dismissal of Earl Watson. The Suns finished 21-61, the league’s worst record.
Triano was also the head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2008-11, and has compiled an overall record of 108-200 in four seasons. Along with the Suns and Raptors, he had spent some time as an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers, as well as coach of the Canadian national team.
“It’s common for first-time head coaches in the NBA to hire former head coaches as a resource,” wrote Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. “Former Hornets coach Steve Clifford had Bob Weiss on his staff in that role for several seasons, and when Weiss took a job with the Denver Nuggets, Clifford hired former head coach Eddie Jordan.”
Borrego was hired last week by new Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak.