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Lindsey Hunter discusses Suns' coaching job with new GM

CHICAGO – Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough met with interim coach Lindsey Hunter to discuss the franchise's head-coaching job on Wednesday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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Suns general manager Ryan McDonough will lead the team's coaching search. (AP)

McDonough and Hunter met in Chicago, where McDonough had arrived with the Suns' front office staff for the NBA draft combine.

Meeting with Hunter was the first formal sitdown with a candidate that McDonough has had since his hiring earlier in May as the Suns' general manager.

McDonough has yet to set up any formal meetings with candidates, but a league source told Yahoo! Sports that he's been calling for background on coaches including Utah Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek, Moscow CSKA assistant Quin Snyder, Houston Rockets assistants J.B. Bickerstaff and Kelvin Sampson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford, among others.

McDonough inherits a 25-win franchise that possesses six first-round draft picks in the next three years, including two in next month's draft. McDonough had been the assistant GM of the Boston Celtics, where he developed a strong reputation as a talent evaluator.

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