The Suns will have a new head coach next season.
The team issued a late-night statement Monday from general manager James Jones confirming that Igor Kokoskov had been fired:
“After extensive evaluation, I determined it is best to move in a different direction with our head coaching position. I want to thank Igor for his work this past season and wish him the best with his future endeavors.”
A search will begin immediately for the team’s next head coach, the Suns said, and that search is expected to target 76ers assistant Monty Williams as Kokoskov’s successor, ESPN reported.
Here’s a factor in the timing of Kokoskov’s dismissal: The Suns are planning to target Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams, league sources tell ESPN. Lakers are planning a second interview with Williams soon, sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 23, 2019
Kokoskov’s first season in the NBA didn’t go well. He led the Suns to a 19-63 record, which tied the Cavaliers for the second worst mark in the league.
Phoenix has a 14 percent chance to win the lottery in the 2019 NBA Draft, the same odds as New York and Cleveland. The young team struggled to find identity throughout the season, and it appears the front office thinks there is a better fit to lead the franchise in the future.
The Suns had one of, if not, the worst point guard rotation in the NBA. But they could count on the talent of star shooting guard Devin Booker to carry the scoring load and serve as the primary distributor.
Deandre Ayton also had a promising first season, showcasing top quality scoring and rebounding skills.