Suns name Jeff Hornacek head coach

Former NBA player Jeff Hornacek has agreed in principle to become the next head coach of the Phoenix Suns, according to ESPN.

Hornacek is expected to sign a three-year deal as early as tonight with the Suns. He has maintained a home in the Phoenix area.

The Suns are coming off a last-place finish in the Western Conference, as they ended the campaign with an overall record of 25-57. Alvin Gentry – who was in the midst of his fourth season as the Suns’ head coach – was released, and Lindsey Hunter went 12-29 after taking over in January.

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Hornacek spent 14 seasons in the NBA as a player with the Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz. Beyond the Suns vacancy, the 50-year-old also interviewed for the Charlotte Bobcats head coaching job.

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