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Suns Offer Head Coaching Job To Jeff Hornacek

April 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley (0) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 118-98. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

In what is becoming a common occurrence, the Phoenix Suns once again failed to make the playoffs. Unlike the last few seasons however, when they just missed out, this year was abysmal. They finished 25-57; the worst record in the Western Conference.

For the third straight year, they found themselves looking to the lottery for hope. After the ping pong balls settled, they found themselves with the 5th overall pick in this summer’s draft.

By the time the draft rolls around, the team is hoping to have a new head coach to be part of the selection process. Alvin Gentry, who was in his fifth year at the helm, left the team following a mutual agreement in January. At the time, the team was 13-28.

Assistant coach Lindsey Hunter was named the interim coach for the remainder of the season. Under Hunter, the team finished out the season 12-29. Hunter was not offered the position following the conclusion of the season.

Now, after looking for a new leader, the organization hopes to have found their new head coach. According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Suns have offered the job to Jeff Hornacek, who was drafted by Phoenix back in 1986. Hornacek played the first 6 seasons of his 14 year NBA career with the Suns.

If Hornacek does indeed accept the job, he will have a tough road ahead of him. The team is in a rebuilding phase, with no end in sight.

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