The Phoenix Suns are entering a new era in the franchise’s history and it appears they’ve found the head coach they want to lead the push. According to both Adrian Wojnarowski and John Gambadoro, the Suns have offered Utah Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek the position of head coach with Phoenix.
The Phoenix Suns have begun negotiations with former Sun Jeff Hornacek on a contract to be their next head coach.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) May 26, 2013
Yahoo! Sports NBA guru Adrian Wojnarowski is also reporting that Hornacek is close to being named the Suns next head coach, which essentially means the deal is all but done if Woj is dropping a bomb on it.
One of the Phoenix Suns’ popular former players – Jeff Hornacek – has been offered the franchise’s head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
According to the reports, the new deal would be over 3 years and could be announced as soon as this Tuesday. Hornacek has been linked to the vacancies in Charlotte and Philadelphia as well as Phoenix but it appears the Suns have beaten everyone to the punch and offered the assistant a contract.
Should Hornacek be hired by the Suns, he’d be returning home in a way. Six of the coach’s 15 seasons as a player in the NBA were spent with the Suns as he played guard for Phoenix from the time they drafted him in 1986 through the 1992 season before departing to Philadelphia.
The Suns are preparing to enter a pretty aggressive rebuilding phase as the team owns six first-round draft picks over the next three seasons and it seems as though Hornacek fits what the team is looking for in terms of a leader during this era. The rebuilding has begun as the Suns have found their coach and can now proceed in filling in the pieces that Hornacek will coach up and hopefully craft into a young playoff team in the future.