Lindsey Hunter has asked the Suns for permission to interview for the Pistons head coaching vacancy, a source told radio host Matt Dery.
Dery is in the know when it comes to the Pistons, so we're inclined to go with this report. It's another sign that Hunter's status in Phoenix is anything but secure, especially with a new regime about to take over. However, the Pistons wouldn't be inspiring much confidence by hiring Hunter, a guy who has looked completely out of his element and over his head during his brief tenure as a head coach.
The Suns fired general manager Lance Blacks on Monday.
Blanks had one year left on his contract. He's also been the biggest advocate of interim coach Lindsey Hunter, who could be in serious trouble himself now. A source told CBS Sports' Ken Berger a decision on Hunter won't be made this week and the coaching search will likely open up once a new GM is hired. The Suns finished the season with the worst record in the Western Conference and have a serious dearth of top-level talent after Steve Nash left for the Lakers last summer.
Jermaine O'Neal intends to return for an 18th season next year.
"I feel like I can still play and take a team over the hump, and that's on either end of the court," he said. O'Neal's kids want him to continue playing, so the veteran will give it at least one more try after he had a somewhat surprisingly productive season in Phoenix. The training staff in Phoenix did wonders for O'Neal, but it's unlikely he'll hold up all season next year no matter where he lands.
Goran Dragic won't play in the Suns' regular-season finale Wednesday night due to an ankle injury.
Dragic is coming off an excellent 21-point, 14-assist performance Monday night. He's been on fire since the All-Star break but the Suns understandably don't feel the need to send him out on the court in the final game of season. Kendall Marshall will get the start in Dragic's place Wednesday night.
Luis Scola had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Suns in a loss to the Nuggets in Wednesday's finale.
Scola wrapped things up with his fifth double-double in his final eight games. He was joined by five other Suns in double digits, including Michael Beasley as the Suns were blown out by the Nuggets, who needed a win to get the No. 3 seed in the West.
Jermaine O'Neal (shin) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.
He was always a risky asset for the Suns and the loss of Marcin Gortat certainly put him in harm's way with the extra minutes. Luis Scola and Markieff Morris both exploded on Monday, so they should be viewed as must-start players tonight against the up-tempo Nuggets.
Luis Scola bypassed an opportunity to endorse Lindsey Hunter as head coach of the team, and he ripped the team for its failures this season.
Scola was claimed by Phoenix after being amnestied by Houston, but he's sounded miserable all season long. "I don't make those decisions. I'm just a player," he said when asked about Hunter's future. Then, Scola provided more. "I think it would be a sign of things being bad" when asked about possibly having a new head coach. "But things are bad. It was a bad season. There's just not a lot of positive." It's hard to blame Scola for his comments.