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NBA Coaching Rumors: Suns Hire Igor Kokoskov as Head Coach

Kokoskov will be the first European-born head coach in NBA history, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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The Phoenix Suns will hire Utah Jazz assistant coach Igor Kokoskov as their next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Phoenix recently moved on from interim head coach Jay Triano, a former Trail Blazers assistant.

The coaching hire looks to help with the Suns’ new direction, according to’s David Aldridge. Phoenix’s core revolves around budding star Devin Booker.

The Suns also offered the job to former Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, who turned down the position for an opportunity with the New York Knicks, ESPN’s Marc Spears reports.

Blazers assistants David Vanterpool (Hornets, Magic) and Nate Tibbetts (Hawks) have been busy interviewing for their own potential head-coaching gigs.