The Phoenix Suns just finished a two-day meeting with Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenhozer to discuss their head coaching job and are expected to interview former Memphis coach David Fizdale, as well.
However, another name has appeared on the Suns’ radar — former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt.
ESPN reported Blatt, who is expected to travel back to the United States next week to interview for the open New York Knicks job, is among others the Suns have had contact with in addition to Budenholzer and Fizdale for their open coaching position, as well as other former head coaches Steve Clifford (Charlotte), Frank Vogel (Orlando and Indiana).
The Arizona Republic reported San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego may also be in the running.
Blatt coached Cleveland to the NBA Finals in 2015, losing to Golden State in a rugged six-game series with a Cavaliers team that had been decimated by injuries to All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
He was fired by then-general manager David Griffin at the halfway point of the 2016 season, despite having led the Cavaliers to a 30-11 record, the best mark in the Eastern Conference.