The Suns are off the NBA coaching carousel after finding their man. The team reportedly will hire Frank Vogel as its next head coach.
Vogel’s last gig was as Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach, where he won the NBA title in 2020. After the Lakers missed the playoffs in the 2021-2022 season, he and the organization parted ways.
ESPN notes it will be a long-term deal.
Suns Hire Recent NBA Champion as Next Head Coach
The Suns fired Monty Williams after four seasons. Williams led the Suns to the 2021 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks fired Mike Budenholzer, the man who coached them to that championship, after losing their first-round playoff series to the eight-seeded Miami Heat. Williams was also coach of the year in 2021-2022.
Williams has just been signed to the richest coaching contract in NBA History by the Detroit Pistons. They agreed to a six-year deal worth $78.5 Million, according to ESPN. The Athletic, the first to report William’s deal, said team options and incentives could increase the deal to eight years and $100 million.
Before Joining the Lakers, Vogel coached the Orlando Magic from 2016-2018 and the Indiana Pacers from 2011-2016. The Lakers replaced Vogel with Darvin Ham, and they reached the Western Conference Finals. The Suns were expected to make a deep run in the Western Conference Playoffs after finishing fourth in the regular season and adding one of the top scorers in the game, Kevin Durant, before the trade deadline.
But they were bounced by the top-seeded Denver Nuggets, who they are now the heavy favorites to win the Finals, especially after a Game 1 victory Thursday.
Mat Ishbia Making Drastic Changes
New Suns owner Mat Ishbia made the decision to fire Williams,
His second big move since acquiring the organization and the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA on Dec. 20.
Deandre Ayton has also been locked in until 2026, and some speculate the Suns may want to move him for a more well-rounded team.
One report suggested the Suns would “aggressively look to shop Ayton, who signed a four-year $132.93 million deal last season.
And there’s Chris Paul, the 38-year-old point guard who injured a groin and couldn’t finish the series with the Nuggets. He has a $30 million team option for next season.