Feb 22, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Jazz 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Hire Jeff Hornacek As Head Coach


The Phoenix Suns have not hid their desire to bring in former NBA player Jeff Hornacek as their coach and today, the two sides came to an agreement on a three year deal.

Per Paul Coro:

Jeff Hornacek agreed to terms with the Suns to become their new head coach and will sign the three-year contract by Monday morning.

The Suns quickly acted after impressive interviews from Hornacek, the popular former Suns player who has been an assistant coach for Utah. He was interviewed in Charlotte for its head coaching job and Philadelphia also was interested in him.

Hornacek, most famous for his time as the third wheel behind Karl Malone and John Stockton, has been an assistant coach for the Utah Jazz since 2011 and drew heavy interest from a handful of teams looking to hire a new head coach, including both the Suns and the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Suns of course drafted Hornacek in 1986, where he spent parts of six seasons in the Valley of the Sun. He’ll become the sixteenth head coach in Suns history.

Financial details of the three year deal were not released.

Update: Wojo is reporting that there is a fourth year option:

Lawyers finalizing language in Jeff Hornacek’s Phoenix deal, which includes 3 years guaranteed and a team option for a 4th, sources tell Y!

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