Newly appointed Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough (who most recently was the Boston Celtics assistant GM) stated today that former NBA player and current Suns interim head coach Lindsey Hunter is a “candidate” to fulfill the open head coaching position, but wouldn’t go any further in describing his potential role.
#Suns McDonough, “We will meet with Lindsey (Hunter). He is a candidate” in what he calls his “first order of business” finding a coach
Hunter replaced former Suns coach Alvin Gentry on January 20, 2013 after Gentry lead the Suns to a 13-28 record.
The results weren’t much better for Hunter though as he went 12-29 during his 41 game tenure at the helm, good for .293 winning percentage.
There have been rumblings that Hunter wouldn’t be retained in the past few days and given McDonough’s new role with the organization, one could assume that he’d prefer to bring in his own “guy” as opposed to keeping Hunter on board.
Hunter’s struggles with the roster, despite it being ill-constructed, certainly wont do him any favors in the eyes of McDonough.
The Suns will be just one of many teams looking for a head coach this Summer, so McDonough might be wanting to strike while the iron is hot or better yet – while name coaches are still on the market.