The Suns started the search for their new coach early.
Interim coach Jay Triano is going to get an interview. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer got permission from his current bosses to talk to Suns management. Jason Kidd lives in the Phoenix area and his name has been rumored. There was rumored interest in Villanova’s coach Jay Wright, but he shot that down.
Add Spurs assistant James Borrego to the list, reports Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic.
The Suns will have to wait two or three more games until the Spurs are eliminated from the playoffs to do the interview as San Antonio is just two games into its first-round series with Golden State. There are reports the Magic may also be interested in talking to him.
Budenholzer appears to be the favorite… if owner Robert Sarver is willing to open his purse strings and spend.
If that falls through, Borrego is a good choice, a highly respected assistant who was the runner-up in Memphis when David Fizdale got the job. He was one of the final three when the Rockets hired Mike D’Antoni. Borrego started in the NBA as an assistant video coordinator and worked his way up, catching Popovich’s eye. He went to New Orleans under Monty Williams and was in Orlando as the lead assistant to Jacque Vaughn, before coming back to the Spurs. He’s a guy who deserves a shot.
The big question with the Suns: How much are they willing to pay to get a coach? Owner Robert Sarver is not known as a spender, to put it kindly. Will he spend what it takes to get a Budenholzer or Kidd? If he wants to pay first-time coach money, Borrego could be a good fit (but Borrego may look at this situation and owner and decide to stay put).