Report: Suns talk to Monty Williams, fly to Portland to meet with their assistant coaches

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The Phoenix Suns’ coaching search continues.

After letting Igor Kokoskov go after one season as coach and GM James Jones saying they wanted to target a developmental coach — even though players developed well under Kokoskov — Suns management has been meeting with a series of candidates. Monty Williams is on the top of their list, but after talking to him it was on to Portland reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Williams has been their top target, especially after hiring Jeff Bower as their senior vice president of basketball operations. Bower is the former GM in New Orleans who gave Williams his first head coaching job.

Williams has also interviewed for the Lakers head coaching job and is considered one of the frontrunners there. He’s also busy as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers as they get ready to take on the Toronto Raptors in the second round.

The Suns have potential with a young core built around Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and now Kelly Oubre Jr. They need a point guard and a lot more talent, but there is the potential to build something in the desert…

If they can just stick with a plan. Whoever gets hired in Phoenix will be Booker’s fifth coach in his five seasons.