(Update: Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports that Kosokov has accepted the position with the Cavaliers.)
The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly set to add Phoenix Suns assistant coach Igor Kosokov to the bench that will help aid newly re-signed head coach Mike Brown throughout the 2013-14 NBA season and beyond.
Coaching tidbit: Hearing Cavs coach Mike Brown closing in on bringing well-regarded Suns assistant Igor Kosokov onto his bench in Cleveland
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 29, 2013
With the Suns coaching ranks in a state of flux following the addition of Jeff Hornacek, ESPN’s Mark Stein reports that the Cavs are “closing in” on the highly regarded assistant coach who has spent the last four seasons in Phoenix. Kosokov, 41, is widely known for his expertise on offense and was recently tapped to be the Suns’ lead assistant due to the balance he would provide to interim head coach Lindsey Hunter’s defensive slant.
Prior to joining the Suns, Kosokov spent the previous five seasons with the Detroit Pistons, reaching the conference finals in each campaign, earning two NBA Finals appearances and the 2004 NBA title. If Kosokov were to stay in Phoenix and Hunter were to be retained, he would have been expected to call plays on the offensive side of the ball, serving as an “offensive coordinator” of sorts. He was reportedly a well-liked coach, a trusted tactician for former Suns coach Alvin Gentry and a was reportedly a key mentor in point guard Goran Dragic’s development in two Phoenix stints.
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