Kevin Younger was rumored to be the Suns new head coach. He’ll must accept a boatload of cash.
Younger has been a Phoenix assistant since 2020, after 4 years on Brett Brown’s employees with the Philadelphia 76ers. He was a finalist for the top teaching job in Phoenix after Monty Williams was fired, after beforehand interviewing for the highest job in Philadelphia, Utah, Houston, Toronto and Milwaukee.
Many insiders believed that Younger was getting the Suns job, together with The Ringer’s Invoice Simmons, who spoke confidently in regards to the imminent Younger hiring on his podcast.
“From the producers of ‘I advised you Bronny was going to USC six months in the past'”, Simmons advised visitor Kevin O’Connor, “It’ll be Kevin Younger.”
The Sports activities Man could have been proper about Bronny James’ faculty of selection, however he missed on Younger. Maybe Younger additionally believed he’d get the job, which can be why new proprietor Mat Ishbia paid as much as maintain him on new coach Frank Vogel’s employees.
The 41-year-old Younger is now the NBA’s highest-paid assistant, signing a five-year $10 million deal. As a fascinating head teaching candidate, it will be a shock if he was with the Suns for your entire size of that deal. Nevertheless it offers Younger job safety, and capabilities as a really costly “We’re sorry we did not rent you” present.
For the Suns, the deal makes quite a lot of sense. They clearly like Younger sufficient to strongly contemplate him for the top job. Whereas they picked Vogel as a substitute, Younger has three years of expertise with the group, which needs to be precious for a brand new head coach. And it must also make star Devin Booker completely happy to maintain Younger round, after Booker reportedly endorsed him for the highest job.
Younger clearly needs to be an NBA head coach. Whereas he’ll have to attend for that chance, being the highest-paid assistant coach is a fairly good comfort prize.