The Phoenix Suns have been one of the several teams looking to interview myriad candidates for their vacant head coaching position. Now we can eliminate a few candidates.
Jay Triano, who served as the Suns’ interim coach after the team fired Earl Watson early in the season, has apparently been taken out of the running for the open position. Triano, 59, coached the Toronto Raptors from 2008-2011 and had a record of 21-58 this past season in Phoenix.
The news comes to us from ESPN’s Chris Haynes, who says the team has also removed assistant coach Ty Corbin from his position. Corbin was best known as the head coach of the Utah Jazz from 2010-2014.
The Suns have been linked to other coaching candidates such as recently-fired Charlotte Hornets maestro Steve Clifford, ex-Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd, and Vinny Del Negro. Former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was recently linked to the Suns, but he is also apparently no longer in the running for the job.
Phoenix is likely looking at a second rung of coaching candidates. Now that the season is over for the Bucks, who Milwaukee chooses as their next head coach will have a ripple effect throughout the league. The Bucks gig is the most attractive one in the NBA thanks to their young roster and franchise cornerstone in Giannis Antetokounmpo.