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Report: Suns, Hornacek in talks for coaching job

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The Phoenix Suns are engaged in negotiations with former player Jeff Horncek to become their new coach, according to reports.

Hornacek, who lives in the Phoenix area, and Houston Rockets J.B. Bickerstaff interviewed with the team this week for the vacancy, USA Today reported.

There's also interest in Hornacek, 50, from Charlotte and Philadelphia for their head coaching openings. The Utah Jazz assistant reportedly impressed the Bobcats in an interview with the team.

Hornacek began his 14-year playing career as a second-round draft pick by the Suns. His six seasons in Phoenix culminated with an All-Star season in 1992 and two trips to the conference finals.

In 1992, Hornacek was traded to Philadelphia iin a deal that brought Charles Barkley to Phoenix. Hornacek, a shooting guard, then moved on to Utah.

In 2007, Horncek was hired as a shooting coach by the Jazz and became a full-time assistant two years ago, focusing on developing Utah's young players. That would satisfy the Suns' expressed desire to hire a coach who works well with young talent and has ties to the franchise.

The Suns fired Alvin Gentry as coach in January and replaced him on an interim basis with Lindsey Hunter, who guided Phoenix to a 12-29 record after taking over.

The team also parted ways with general manager Lance Blanks in April after a last-place finish in the Western Conference at 25-57, the fourth-worse record in the NBA. .

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