The Golden State Warriors will be looking for a new associate head coach for the third straight year since Luke Walton is going to take charge of the Los Angeles Lakers next season.
According to the latest NBA rumors, Golden State is interested in hiring former Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek as the team’s next associate coach.
Marc Stein of ESPN reported on Twitter that the Warriors will talk with Hornacek if he still available at the end of the season. The 53-year-old former player and coach have been linked with other teams like the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic.
Sources say Golden State also has strong interest in Hornacek to join the Warriors’ bench next season if he’s still on the market by then.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 16, 2016
The defending NBA champions first lost Alvin Gentry, who took the head coaching job with the New Orleans Pelicans last year. Just a couple of weeks ago, Luke Walton agreed to a five-year deal to coach his former team, the Lakers.
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Hornacek was fired by the Suns in February after going 14-35 to start the season. He coached in Phoenix for two and a half seasons with an overall record of 101-112.
If Hornacek gets hired by the Warriors, he would not be the first former Suns official to get hired in Golden State. Current head coach Steve Kerr used to be the general manager in Phoenix while special assistant coach Steve Nash is an all-time Suns great.
Assistant coaches Jarron Collins and Bruce Fraser also had connections with the Suns before being hired by the Warriors. The team’s president and COO, Rick Weltz, served the same position from 2002 to 2011 in Phoenix.
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Nonetheless, ESPN reported that Hornacek was recently interviewed by the Knicks. He joined Kurt Rambis, Frank Vogel and David Blatt as the favorites to land the coveted head coaching gig.
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