With a new general manager expected to be hired before the start of next season, the Phoenix Suns may be in line for a coaching change, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
And if the Suns do decide to move on from Igor Kokoskov after just one year, Deveney added, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton could be in the running.
It is widely expected that Walton will be let go this summer, as the Lakers are likely to miss the playoffs in their first year with LeBron James.
As Deveny noted, Walton’s fate “may have well been sealed” when Lakers president Magic Johnson met with James on July 1 — but did not include Walton in the meeting.
Walton also some ties to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in the event they decide to move on from interim coach Larry Drew. Walton spent his final season as a player in Cleveland, before retiring in 2013.
“He wants to stay in the game,” a league source told Deveney of Walton. “For most front offices, I think you look at what he did in Golden State, what he did in LA before LeBron came, and you have to say he has a good, solid resume developing players, dealing with stars.
“Have to think Phoenix would jump on him, if everything falls into place, but he might get a better offer.”
Former NBA swingman James Jones and assistant GM Trevor Bukstein have been serving as acting co-general managers of the Suns. It’s been reported that Jones will be a candidate for the position on a full-time basis.
The Suns fired former GM Ryan McDonough after five years in October.
The Suns, Cavs and New York Knicks currently share the top odds to win the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery in May.