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Suns Fire Igor Kokoskov

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The Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Igor Kokoskov, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kokoskov lasted just one season at the helm of Phoenix after the team brought him in last offseason following a lengthy coaching search that included around 10 candidates.

“After extensive evaluation, I determined it is best to move in a different direction with our head coaching position,” Suns exec James Jones said in a statement. “I want to thank Igor for his work this past season and wish him the best with his future endeavors.”

Kokoskov became the NBA’s first European-born head coach last May when he was hired.

Kokoskov led the Suns to a 19-65 record and the team will reportedly be looking for a coach who can help further the development of DeAndre Ayton who the club feels wasn’t utilized properly by Kokoskov, according to
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7
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Additionally, while Suns players liked Kokoskov, they felt as though assistant Joe Prunty was more in charge of the bench than Kokoskov was.

Monty Williams and David Vanterpool have been identified as targets, but the dysfunction falls on the shoulders of team owner Robert Sarver who consistently makes bad decision after bad decision in the front office and on the court and should stop interfering with such decisions moving forward.

The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney argues that the team owes it to its fans to explain the decision and discuss the franchise’s direction.

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NBA Officially Moves Up Start Of Free Agency

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Adam Silver

The National Basketball Association has officially moved up the start of the free agency period, according to an official press release issues on Friday.

The NBA has moved the start of free agency up 6 hours earlier, and will now begin at 6pm EST on June 30th.

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76ers’ James Ennis Opting Out of Contract

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Philadelphia 76ers swingman James Ennis is turning down his player option for the 2019-2020 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Ennis, 28, will hit the free agent market on July 1st after posting 7.9 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game this season.

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Nuggets’ President Tim Connelly Remaining with Franchise

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Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly will remain with the Nuggets following an interview with the Washington Wizards, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Connelly met with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis on Friday to talk about the President gig with the team following the dismissal of longtime president Ernie Grunfeld, who had a 16 year tenure with the cluib.

Leonsis apparently made a strong offer to Connelly, but the Nuggets convinced him to stay.

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