The Phoenix Suns will consider bringing back Mike D’Antoni as head coach this off-season, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein.
D’Antoni, the associate head coach for the 76ers, led the Suns from 2003–08, making the playoffs four straight seasons and implementing an uptempo style of play starring Steve Nash, Shawn Marion and Amar’e Stoudamire. His subsequent head coaching stints were less successful, with the Knicks and most recently with the Lakers in 2013–14.
The Suns reportedly plan to conduct a wide coaching search, which will include interim head coach Earl Watson. According to Stein, other candidates include Warriors assistant Luke Walton and Grand Canyon University head coach and former Suns guard Dan Majerle. Jeff Hornacek was fired Feb. 1 following a 2–19 stretch that effectively sank the Suns’ hopes this season.
The Suns are 21–58, tied with the Nets for the third-worst record in the league entering Saturday.