The last time the Suns had a chance to engage in a coaching search, they didn’t. Phoenix promoted interim coach Earl Watson before the 2016-17 season without interviewing any other coaching candidates. Eighty-five games later, Watson was fired and Jay Triano was named interim coach. The Suns won’t conduct business the same way following this season. General Manager Ryan McDonough said Wednesday that Phoenix will conduct a “wide-ranging” coaching search that will include Triano, NBA coaches – both former head coaches and current assistant coaches - and possibly college head coaches. McDonough said that following the initial round of interviews the candidate list will be whittled down and “two or three” coaches will get more in-depth interviews before a decision is made. “I think it’s important for us to have a process in which we view candidates from different buckets and different experience levels,” McDonough said. “It’ll be pretty broad-based because with our roster there are many different avenues we can go with next year. We’re open to whatever we find.” McDonough said he expects to reach out to potential candidates sometime later this month or early April. He and Vice President of Basketball Operations James Jones will conduct the search, but McDonough said he’ll also receive player input and that Managing General Partner Robert Sarver will be involved as “much or as little as he wants.” McDonough told azcentral sports earlier this season that guard Devin Booker, who’s expected to be offered - and sign - a five-year, $156 million contract extension over the summer, will have a voice in the search.
Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough: Team will conduct 'wide-ranging' coaching search
Arizona Central | Mar 17