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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
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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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Suns Pick Up Options on Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges

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The Phoenix Suns have officially exercised the third-year rookie options on Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Ayton, who is entering his second season after the Suns landed him with the 1st overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, will earn an estimated $10,018,200 million during the 2020-2021 season.

Bridges, the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft, will make $4,359,000 million in 2020-2021.

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Kings’ Buddy Hield Wants to Get Contract Extension Done

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When it comes to a contract extension for Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, he has made it crystal clear he wants to get a deal done so he can continue his career with the Kings.

The two sides have until October 21st to hammer out a contract extension in order to prevent Hield from hitting restricted free agency.

“We need to get that done,” Hield said, according to the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Anderson. “I want to get that done, for sure. If it doesn’t get done, things could go the other way. This is where I want to be, so it would be good for me to be here in Sacramento. If I’m their guy, I think they should make it happen already. I want to build a future here. I want to be here, but we have to see something. Something’s gotta come to the table. We have a week and a half to see what that brings, but I want to be here.”

Hield is coming off a career-year with the Kings, in which he averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game last season.

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Rockets Claim Ray Spalding Off Waivers

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The Houston Rockets have claimed veteran power forward Ray Spaulding off of waivers from the Atlanta Hawks, according to Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Rockets opened up an available roster spot when the released forward Anthony Bennett earlier this week.

Spalding, 22, played 14 games for the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns during his rookie season.

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